MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (MUMH)
The $7,000 PDF grant will help establish a Hospital Security Canine Program. The dog will assist hospital security personnel to reduce the rates of assaults against employees, elopements from the Emergency Department and Behavioral units and the number of calls for security assistance from the Emergency Department and Behavioral units. Studies of the efficacy of security dogs show that the presence of dog can de-escalate a potentially violent situation more quickly and more effectively than a gun. The hospital believes that the dogs will become a valuable asset to make MUMH a safe place and create good will for their associates, patients and visitors.