Patient Safety

Safety of our patients, visitors, and staff is of the utmost importance to us. SCCH staff members adhere to strict safety standards in all areas; however, there are also simple precautions you can take to help assure your safety while at our hospital.

In Your Room

  • Please check with the nursing staff before getting out of bed without assistance or having a family member assist you.
  • Do not attempt to raise or lower the bed rails or lean out of your bed. Call for assistance.
  • Wear skid-resistant bedroom slippers or shoes whenever you get out of bed.
  • Do not walk in wet areas when the floors are being cleaned.
  • Do not attempt to get in or out of a wheelchair without assistance.
  • If you are permitted by your physician to get up, sit on the edge of the bed for a few minutes before starting to walk.

For your safety, we do not allow you to take medications brought from home. While you are staying at the hospital, your doctor will order your necessary medications from the SCCH Pharmacy. Any medications you have brought with you from home can be given to your nurse for storage until you leave or given to a family member to take home.

Emergency Safety

Sullivan County Community Hospital conducts routine safety drills to maintain our staff’s competence in handling emergency situations and the safety of all using our facilities. Fire drills, tornado drills, active shooter drills, and others. If a drill is conducted in your area, please follow all instructions. Please be assured that if a real fire or emergency situation were to occur, our staff will respond quickly to maintain your safety.

Hospital Security
Hospital security is provided by the LAWMAN agency. To report an incident or suspicious activity, notify any member of the hospital staff and security will be notified.

Protecting Your Belongings

All jewelry, credit cards, large sums of money, and other valuables should be sent home with your family. Please inform our nursing staff when valuables are sent with family members so it may be documented on your record. If it is not possible to send items with your family, valuables may be stored in the hospital safe.

You are encouraged to pay special attention to glasses, dentures, watches, and other breakable personal items. Sullivan County Community Hospital is not responsible for breakage or loss of any personal belongings. Personal items have a greater chance of being lost when you are transferred to another room. If you anticipate a move to another room, have a family member look after your belongings.

Safety codes do not permit you to bring personal television sets or portable heaters for use in the hospital. Other electric appliances, such as hair dryers and electric shavers, must be inspected by the Maintenance Department to make sure each item meets hospital safety codes. Please notify your nurse to request this service.