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COLUMBUS, Miss., Oct. 2, 2023 – Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle recently installed Garrett Metal Detectors at the entrance of the hospital’s emergency department.

            The security system includes a multizone walk-through metal detector and hand-held detectors to screen anyone who enters the hospital through the ER entrance. The detectors will be active 24 hours a day and are safe to use with medical implants, during pregnancy and with recording media or magnetic strips.

            “We are committed to making our hospital as safe as possible,” said Madison Guyton, administrative director of safety and security for Baptist Golden Triangle. “As we see more stressful situations happening in our communities, we wanted to update our security measures to enhance the safety of our facility for patients, staff and visitors. We ask that anyone planning to visit our hospital leave their weapons, including knives, pepper spray, etc., at home.”

Baptist Golden Triangle is the first Baptist Memorial Hospital to install metal detectors. All Baptist Memorial hospitals are weapon-free zones and have implemented a number of safety measures during the past few years to increase security at its hospitals, including using new technology and video cameras, offering staff training, conducting regular security patrols and providing security escorts to and from hospital parking lots.

With 323 beds, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle is one of the largest regional hospitals affiliated with Baptist Memorial Health Care. More than 100 physicians and surgeons, representing almost every medical specialty, practice at the hospital that offers a full range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages. In addition to the Baptist Cancer Center in Columbus and Starkville, the hospital offers a variety of other services to the community, including Baptist Behavioral Health Care, an extensive rehabilitation department and free community education programs for the public. Baptist Golden Triangle is the only hospital in Mississippi and one of only 22 in the U.S. to achieve straight A’s on Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score since 2012. For more information, please call 662-244-1000, visit goldentriangle.baptistonline.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/Baptistgoldentriangle.