Every morning, I wake up very early and read the TMC Police report that covers all of the activities from the previous day and evening. It is fascinating to see, in one document, all that transpires in 24 hours across the 1,400 acres of the largest and busiest medical city in the world.
Members of the TMC Police and Security team are recruited and trained to protect and serve the 110,000 employees of the medical center and the millions of patients and their families we care for each year. They do so with great pride, recognizing that the people who come from around the world to receive treatment at the Texas Medical Center are often facing a difficult time. A simple act of kindness means a great deal to a family receiving care.
As president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center, I am often asked: “What keeps you up at night?” My answer is always: “The safety of everyone that comes to the medical center each day.” In our ever-changing social landscape, sadly, this concern is elevated.
Over the last year, we increased the presence of TMC Police considerably across the campus to maintain and enhance the safety of our employees and visitors. This spring, we will open a new TMC Police station at the center of the campus at the intersection of Holcombe and Bertner. This will enhance our visibility, capabilities and the speed at which we can respond to events that warrant police attention.
The TMC Police work very closely with the police and security departments of our member institutions, as well as the Houston Police Department, county sheriff’s offices, FBI and CIA. Each of these entities plays a critical role in protecting and supporting the medical center. I will never fully rest easy, as potential threats are ever-present. I do, however, find more comfort as we enhance our collaboration and communications across this amazing medical city.
William F. McKeon
President and Chief Medical Officer
Texas Medical Center
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