Bee in Turlock: New visitor policy at Emanuel; big gift to CSUS

Emanuel Medical Center has made some changes in the way it allows visitors into the hospital.

According to a news release, the hospital now requires visitors to check in and wear badges.

“Emanuel still welcomes and encourages family and friends to visit patients, eat in the Garden Terrace Cafe and shop in the gift shop,” President and CEO John Sigsbury said in the release. “The change will simply require any non-employee coming to the hospital to check in at a security desk, say where they are going, and wear a visitor badge for that particular area of the hospital. Hospital staff currently wears ID badges.”

The hospital’s Safety Task Force recommended the changes as a security measure. The process is similar to how other health care facilities handle visitors.

In addition to “the work of our task force, we also contacted a safety and security consultant, who reviewed an assessment of our campus and offered expert recommendations,” Sigsbury said. “Those included the recommendation that we control visitor flow.”

Previously, visitors could stop at an information desk to find a room number but were not required to check in except in some restricted areas of the hospital. Now, anyone coming in the main entrance will be required to check in with a security guard and receive a visitor badge color-coded for the area of the hospital he or she needs to access.

The emergency department will work in a similar manner, except patients won’t be delayed as they seek treatment. There, the security check-in will be positioned near the elevators that provide access to the main hospital areas beyond the emergency department.

“We’re making these changes to enhance the safety and security of our patients, staff and guests,” Sigsbury said.

ELSEWHERE AROUND TOWN: California State University, Stanislaus’ new One Purpose fund drive got off to a strong start with a gift from a Turlock couple.

Matt and Maria Swanson made a $250,000 “seed gift” to establish the endowment fund, aimed at establishing $1 million for scholarships.

“The goal of One Purpose is to keep our region’s best and brightest students right here in the Central Valley so that they can become our next generation of community and business leaders,” Stanislaus State President Joseph Sheley said in a news release. “Matt and Maria Swanson have been friends of the university for many years, and this generous gift represents their very significant investment in the future of our students and our region.”

Matt Swanson was president of the campus’s foundation from 2008 to 2012.

The fund drive begins Aug. 28 and ends Oct. 9. More than 300 volunteers have been organized into 24 fundraising teams trying to collect a total of $1 million. The Swanson gift doesn’t count toward that million.