This past week, 12 new panic buttons were installed on inpatient units that requested them. BWH now has more than 300 panic buttons in various locations for use in a situation that requires an immediate response from Security.

If you believe that your location needs a panic button, please talk with your manager or director and ask them to be in touch with BWH Security for an evaluation.

If you have a question, concern or suggestion related to hospital safety and security, please talk with your manager or supervisor or write to This email address was established two weeks ago to provide staff with a central place to share concerns, such as the need for additional panic buttons, and receive a response.

“When everyone is vigilant and speaks up about safety, we have a force of 17,000 people helping to ensure that BWH is a safe and secure place for all who come through our doors,” said Ron M. Walls, MD, BWHC executive vice president and chief operating officer.