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Upgrades at Batson Children’s Hospital

JACKSON, Miss.- Plans to improve security and privacy at the children’s hospital with University of Mississippi Medical Center.

These measures will go into effect in 2016, officials tell the Clarion Ledger. The upgrade was planned after Batson looked at other children’s hospitals to see how they did it.

The doors to the children’s floors will be locked and only badge readers will allow employees access. Cameras will be added to allow staff to see anyone who is requesting entrance to the areas.

Michelle Palokas, director of nursing services at Batson says that by February or March these badges will be in the hands of staff and they will be using armbands for families and caregivers of patients. These will be required in order to be admitted to the floors. This will allow for parents to determine when visitors can come.

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