Reid Health Police Chief-led group gains international recognition
The Indiana chapter of the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) -- headed by Reid Health Police Department Chief Randy Kolentus -- has been recognized as a Chapter of Distinction by the international organization.
IAHSS cites the Indiana group for its demonstrated initiative
and innovation in promoting healthcare security professionalism and furthering
the goals of IAHSS.
Kolentus has led the state chapter since 2014, noting that
it has been involved in developing and improving training for healthcare
security and police officers, working on legislative issues relating to
security for healthcare organizations and increasing networking among state
healthcare security departments.
provides several levels of training and certifications that relate directly to
healthcare security," Kolentus said. "This training has proven very valuable to
all Indiana hospitals with these formalized universal certifications that many
Indiana hospitals have utilized for their security teams. Annual and regional training opportunities
have created opportunities for Indiana members to learn from and see how needs
are met in other areas of the country which may benefit them."
Vice President/Chief Quality Officer, said Kolentus has been instrumental in
the growth and expansion of the Indiana chapter. "His leadership has not only had
a positive impact on Reid's officers, but all officers serving healthcare
entities throughout the state. We are proud and thankful for his dedicated
Though not a
direct goal of the international organization, the chapter has been involved in
state legislation making it possible for hospitals and health systems to form
police departments to better handle security issues - something Reid Health did
early this year.
Kolentus said the
group is also working to develop a police academy training curriculum more
specific to the needs of healthcare police officers.