Heritage Valley Partners with Local Police to Enhance Security at Hospitals

Heritage Valley Health System is initiating security enhancements at its Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley hospitals to include an armed security resource at both hospitals, provided in cooperation with local municipalities.

Heritage Valley has contracted for a police security presence with the Sewickley Borough for Heritage Valley Sewickley and with Brighton Township for Heritage Valley Beaver. Beginning October 1, the municipalities will provide dedicated, on-site, municipal police officers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to supplement Allied Universal Security staffing, the current provider of security services at the facilities.

“It is our goal to provide the safest environment possible for our patients, employees and the community,” said Norm Mitry, President and CEO, Heritage Valley Health System. “Our historic relationship with both Sewickley Borough and Brighton Township police departments helped us to accomplish this goal.”

“The Brighton Township Police Department has a long-standing relationship established with the Heritage Valley administration and staff built on mutual cooperation and trust,” said Howard Blinn, Chief of Police, Brighton Township. “The newly entered into Police Services Agreement will further aid and benefit both parties by authorizing a fully trained professional police officer on site 24-hours per day to immediately address any issue that may arise on the campus.”

“The hospital is such an asset to the Sewickley community, we are pleased to have the opportunity to have a significant role in protecting the patients, visitors and community that utilize the hospital,” said Police Chief Richard Manko.  “Our goal is to provide a safe and secure community hospital,” he added.

For more information about Heritage Valley Health System and Heritage Valley facilities, visit our website at www.heritagevalley.org.

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About Heritage Valley Health System Heritage Valley Health System is a $480 million integrated delivery network providing comprehensive health care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with 3,500 employees and more than 480 physicians, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver; in 60 physician offices; and 18 community satellite facilities.  For more information about Heritage Valley Health System, please visit www.heritagevalley.org.