Jefferson Regional Deploys Athena Security’s Weapons Detection System

Holistic entryway security with visitor management and incident reporting for a safer experience.

Austin, Texas —  Athena Security today announces that Jefferson Regional of Southeast Arkansas is using its weapons detection system to bolster their holistic approach to proactively keeping healthcare workers and patients safe. A not-for-profit located on the western ridge of the Arkansas Delta, Jefferson Regional is a 300-bed facility providing 11 counties with essential healthcare services for the last 100 years. By adding Athena Security to enhance its safety profile, Jefferson Regional continues its strong history of leveraging state of the art technologies to best serve employees, patients and visitors.

“Whether it’s adding the daVinci surgical robot to improve patient care or the Athena Security weapons screening for added safety at both our main hospital entrance as well as the emergency department entrance at Jefferson Regional, we always try to do what is best for our community,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Austin. “As we looked for an entryway security provider, we knew we needed to cover both entrances for comprehensive coverage. The provider needed to be responsive, have personable service and the ability to minimize risk at our facility. Athena was our number one choice.”

Over the years Jefferson Regional has taken a proactive stance to securing its campus. Performing regular security assessments have led to holistic security changes like the addition of security cameras, increased patrols, additional security vehicles, panic alarms, Tasers instead of pepper spray, active shooter training, all backed by a security staff with over 200 years of law enforcement expertise. Athena Security’s unobtrusive entryway system is located at the facility’s two public entryways: the main entrance and at the emergency room entryway.

Athena Security’s incident reporting software was another great feature for Jefferson Regional to have the tools to easily document and analyze all incidents at the facility. With the national rate of violence against healthcare workers 12 times higher than in the overall workforce, 85% of emergency room doctors state that violence is increasing (Sherwood, Arkansas hospital shooting last September, 45 minutes from Jefferson Regional). Incident reporting is a major upgrade to the existing manual system providing a data driven, evidence-based approach to reduce risks within the medical center.

Athena Security’s new visitor management system, first released at Jefferson Regional, will help with workflow and the security of patients and visitors checking in. This addition helps automate the security of the entryways by identifying minors, persons of interest, speeds the check-in process, limits visitors per room, and much more.   

About Athena Security

Headquartered in Austin, Texas and founded by former Revel Systems Co-founders Lisa Falzone and Chris Ciabarra, Athena’s weapons Detection System hardware and software is made up from CEIA OPENGATE, Apple iPad with LiDAR sensor, milestone, Avigilon and many more. The concealed weapons detection solution, now including Athena’s new visitor management system allows for a quick secure check-in process  For more information go to Athena Security’s website at

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