Funding Your Hospital Security Program

Joey Hunter secured more than $400,000 in federal and state grants to fund security at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital.

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One of the biggest challenges facing most hospital security departments is funding, whether it’s for their officers, programs, training, or security technology upgrades.

Campus Safety Voices, available on Spotify and Apple streaming platforms, features timely conversations on a wide range of topics affecting K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, and healthcare facilities.

Fortunately, grants from the federal, state, and local governments can be excellent sources of funding. Just ask Joey Hunter, who is Director of Security, Safety and Emergency Preparedness at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital.

He was able to secure more than $400,000 in federal and state grants, as well as save his hospital $500,000 in capital. Those are just some of the reasons Joey is one of this year’s Campus Safety Healthcare Director of the Year finalists.

“What I do almost on a daily basis is I go to a website called,” says Hunter. Anybody can sign up for it. It’s absolutely free. If you type in the search bar exactly what you are looking for, those grants will pop up.”

In our interview, Hunter tells us:

  • How he was able to secure his grants: 1:30
  • How to select a grant writer: 2:10
  • How to select which grants to pursue: 2:51
  • Advice for other hospital security departments applying for grants: 3:30 and 5:35

Need more advice on how your hospital security department can successfully apply for grants? Check out these articles:

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About the Author

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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