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Leo Sanchez/Conexion Del Rio

DEL RIO,TX–The Val Verde Regional Medical Center has implemented a new policy that will better assist patients through security, additional parking, and action plans for superior service.

Rhonda Crawford, VP of Operations at Val Verde Regional Medical Center, stated that for security measures, all doors are locked and the only entrance for patients is through the ER at 9 p.m.  "The hospital truly wanted to be pro-active in how they handle the security for our patients, our community and staff," said Crawford.  "By implementing this policy we do feel that our staff are safe."  Crawford stated that she and Rudy Ortiz, Chief of Security for the hospital, met with the sheriff and the police deparment to negotiate how their officers on their off time could work for the hospital.

A total of 30 officers will be rotating through their off time working an eight hour shift at the medical center.  The officers will be employed by Val Verde Regional Medical Center with a shift from 7a.m. to 3 p.m., 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Patient parking is now identified with yellow striping and white striping for employees.  Visitor parking is now available at the main entrances, the ED, and at the old entrance.  

Coleman Manning, Marketing Assistant for the hospital, stated that employee entrance is now located at the rear of the hospital to allow for patient access only at main entrances.  "All employees have badge access at the rear of the building for security purposes," said Manning.  "Our patients and employees must feel safe when they are in our facility."