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Weapons detection system installed at Alamance Regional

Cone Health has installed advanced weapons detection systems in Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington and other of its hospitals. They are being used in the hospital’s emergency department as of a week ago, February 29.

The system is designed to enhance security and prevent violence in the emergency department where staff, patients, and visitors may face stressful situations.

Cone Health’s director of security and emergency management, Chris Cromer, says people have taken well to the idea of them being in there. “We have seen no problems at all,” says Cromer. “Most people walk through them without giving it a second thought. And when we do detect something, they have been very good about putting the items in their car.”

Cone Health installed its first weapons detection system in the emergency department of The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro last September. The systems scan for any type of weapons without requiring people to empty their pockets or open their bags.

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Cone Health plans to spend nearly $3 million dollars on a dozen more units to improve security at other hospital entrances as well as its MedCenters by the end of September.

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