Ms. Goodwin discusses the need for heightened hospital security in light of the infant abduction at the Loyola University Medical Center in May, 2000. The article first discusses general security issues endemic to the hospital environment; it then explores protective measures enacted by legislative agencies to reduce the likelihood of violence in hospitals. The article then points to recent litigation arising out of a failure to create a safe hospital environment. Finally, Ms. Goodwin considers the consequences that hospitals and society must face when the hospitals fail to comply with safety procedures.

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