Rush University Medical Center
- Five years ago, Rush University Medical Center embarked on an overhaul of its security systems to deploy a truly future-proofed integrated access control and video system using C•CURE from Software House as its foundation.
- They recently enhanced their access control system to the latest Software House solution, C•CURE 9000, for campus doors and general public areas.
The hospital’s downtown campus spans four city blocks and encompasses 20 buildings, presenting some unique challenges for security personnel. At the same time, the security department recognizes that its work plays a pivotal role relating to the hospital’s reputation as a leading and safe medical facility, as well as maintaining an open environment for patients and visitors.
Recognizing the important function security plays in the hospital environment, Rush University Medical Center began implementing several significant changes to the hospital’s security system. It turned to Software House C•CURE solutions as the foundation for its enterprise access control system. The scalable system enabled the hospital to grow from the inside out by allowing the security department to initially focus on specific departments and areas of the hospital that required access control, such as the pharmacy, Labor & Delivery and the IT department, before taking the next step to incorporate other areas of the facility.
With C•CURE as the foundation for its access control needs, Rush University Medical Center could begin to incorporate other areas of the hospital into its overall, comprehensive security plan. That includes storage areas, food service areas and adding employee access points at several entrances along the perimeter of the building. Previously, at night employees had a single access point into the building which could require an employee to walk several city blocks late at night from the bus stop to the only approved access point in the facility. The most significant changes taking place at Rush University Medical Center is the recent introduction of a lock-down feature to provide greater security in emergency situations, such as if a gunman is reported near the hospital. Previously hospital security officers had to manually lock down each perimeter door. Now, with C•CURE, the system offers a single emergency button and, with one push, security personnel can lock many doors at one time.