I-TEAM: Anyone still capable of accessing vulnerable areas of Falls hospital

Hospital CEO never got petition for more safety
Posted at 6:30 AM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 07:32:52-05

Six months after our initial 7 Eyewitness News I-Team investigation, exposing security shortfalls at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Joe Ruffolo, President and CEO, says he never received a years-old petition for changes in security.

The petition was signed by more than two-dozen staffers in March, 2016.

Staffers who signed the petition say they submitted it two years to the day, before a worker was mugged in March, 2018.

The petition was submitted with no change and no action taken.

We showed the petition to Ruffolo.

"I think this is the first time I've seen this," Ruffolo said.  "It may be [surprising to some staffers]." 

Ruffolo said, "If I had seen that at the time, I would have acted more promptly to addressing some of those concerns."

Concerns of our undercover producer testing shortfalls again, for the purpose of this story, prompted an email to staffers about "a local news outlet" potentially roaming the halls to test alertness.  We did not, though Ruffolo agrees, at this point, anyone is still capable of accessing vulnerable areas.

It's expected security changes will be complete and ready by the end of January.


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