SSM Health installs weapons detectors at southern Illinois hospitals
Leaders say it will improve safety for patients, visitors, and staff
Patients and visitors to some southern Illinois hospitals may notice some changes starting this week.
SSM Health has installed new equipment at Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon and St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia aimed at scanning for weapons.
The touchless detection systems were installed in the entrances to the emergency departments - and can spot weapons and other threats using artificial intelligence and digital sensors.
Hospital leaders say it adds another layer of safety and security to patients and their families, as well as for the staff inside the hospitals.