Patient Security

 

Cottage Health System has increased its security in a number of ways in an effort to provide the safest possible environment for our patients, employees, physicians, and volunteers. Our view is that our responsibility for patient safety begins at the front door.

At Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, patients and visitors may use one of two entrances: the main Pueblo entrance just across from the Pueblo Parking Structure, or the Bath Street entrance (see map). 

All patients and visitors will be will be asked for identification and the reason for entering the hospital, and will be given a badge that must be worn when in the hospital. Badges are good for only one day, so repeat visitors must check in for a new badge.

Greeters will be available to assist in obtaining badges and providing directions to the appropriate department or patient care unit. 

Our goal is to continue to balance and support the accessibility to programs and services while assuring that patients are being treated in a safe, secure environment.  We believe that these changes are both necessary and important, and we ask for your understanding and support as we implement these security enhancements.

 

Patient Identification


Accurate patient identification is essential day and night so the medical and nursing staff can easily see who you are. While you are in the hospital please wear your plastic identification bracelet at all times. Make sure your nurse or caregiver verifies your identification before giving you any medicine or performing any tests or procedures.
 

Employee Identification

 

All hospital personnel must wear a picture ID badge at all times. If someone without a badge claims to be a hospital employee, notify a nurse or security personnel immediately.