Medina hospital has new security system

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 28 September 2018 at 12:15 pm

Photo by Ginny Kropf: Mark Cye, CEO of Medina Memorial Hospital (Orleans Community Health), demonstrates the new security system recently installed with a donation by the Association of Twigs. Looking on are Tish McAdoo, secretary of Twigs and Human Resource Benefit specialist at the hospital; Jean Wetherbee, vice president of Twigs; Jeanne Crane, president; and Sandy Smith, treasurer.

MEDINA – Medina Memorial Hospital (Orleans Community Health) has taken a step forward to insure the security of patients and staff.

With a donation from the Association of Twigs, the hospital has recently installed a new security system.

“With all the things going on today, like the man who broke into Lockport hospital to steal drugs, law enforcement has been checking the ease of access at facilities like ours,” said Mark Cye, CEO of Orleans Community Health. “This is one way to protect staff and patients, and allows staff to better monitor who is coming and going.”

There are three access points at the hospital – through the lobby, the hall after registration and the hall near the access to the elevator.

Employees have a badge to enter, as well as volunteers and board members. Visitors have to be buzzed in.

Twig has long been a supporter of the hospital and has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars for improvements, services and new equipment for the hospital. Most of the money was raised through the gift shop, which they had to discontinue little more than a year ago, because of lack of help.

“Our money we had won’t last forever, but we still have minor fundraisers, such as the vending machines,” said Twig president Jeanne Crane.

Several individual Twig groups have their own fundraisers, such as Lilac which has a jewelry sale and book sale twice a year. Other active groups donate what they can.

Twig was founded in 1963 and had more than 300 members and more than a dozen branches at its peak. Today there are less than half that which still meet.

In the past, Twigs have pledged to build the birthing wing, purchase X-ray equipment and remodel offices and the lobby.

The recent donation for the security system was $11,000

“Without the Twigs’ support, this is another project which we couldn’t have moved forward,” Cye said.

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