New screening procedures at Kaiser Permanente’s 24/7 facilities

Jan 12, 2024

The safety of our patients, care teams, physicians, and staff is paramount to Kaiser Permanente providing high-quality care. To help keep our facilities safe, we ask that all patients and visitors refrain from bringing any prohibited items into Kaiser Permanente facilities. Weapons are prohibited at all Kaiser Permanente medical centers.

Recently, we implemented passive weapons detection systems at our medical centers that are open 24/7: Capitol Hill, Caton Hill, Gaithersburg, Largo, Lutherville-Timonium, South Baltimore, and Tysons Corner Medical Centers.

This screening helps Kaiser Permanente identify prohibited items and remove them from the care environment, keeping members, patients, and visitors, as well as employees and physicians, safe. Technology similar to the passive weapons detection system Kaiser Permanente is utilizing can be found in other health care organizations, schools, and stadiums.

Because of this added security screen, we ask that you please allow extra time when arriving for your appointment at any of our 24/7 medical centers to allow for this screening at the entrance to the facility. Please note you will be required to remove any weapons before entering our facility.

The system screens for firearms, knives and other sharp cutting devices. The system uses low-frequency electromagnetic technology. It does not impact medical or electronic devices. Children and pregnant women may walk through safely. Anyone who expresses discomfort walking through the detection device will be offered the option to go through an alternative screening method.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we implement this new screening process, and thank you for doing your part to keep Kaiser Permanente a safe and respectful environment for everyone.

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