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Tampa General Hospital Security Receives National Ranking

Published: Jan 6, 2021

By Ellen Fiss


Hospital security program ranked first in Tampa Bay, 30th in the nation by the Security 500 annual report.

Tampa, FL (January 6, 2021) – Tampa General Hospital’s Security program is receiving national recognition in the 14th edition of Security Magazine’s Security 500 annual report.  The report announced in December that Tampa General Hospital’s security team was ranked number one in the Tampa Bay area, and 30th in the Healthcare sector nationally.  2020 marks the second year in a row that Tampa General ranked in the top 30 security programs in the healthcare industry. Last year, the Security 500 ranking identified Tampa General’s security program as one of the top 500 in the world.

“Our team is comprised of professionals, many of whom are former law enforcement officers or military-trained,” according to Tony Venezia, director of Security, Emergency Management, and Parking Services. “We believe in investing in our team and offering all the tools to be successful to keep our team members and patients safe,” he added.

TGH Security by the Numbers:

  • TGH has 80 officers in the security force with 70 stationed at the main campus and the remaining staff at the TGH Brandon Healthplex and Healthpark
  • 29 of the officers are armed
  • Over 1,100 cameras are placed throughout the main campus
  • There are more than 1,200 badge access points, a security feature that restricts access to certain areas, including clinical areas
  • Lynx panic buttons are set on every TGH computer
  • Over 200 hard-wired panic buttons exist, including at every nurse’s station
  • 95 emergency call buttons are placed throughout the parking garage on every floor and at every exit
  • Limited entrances (six) into the hospital with armed presence at the high traffic entrances

The Security 500 aims to be a benchmarking report for peers and security teams across all business sectors. Rankings are determined by a number of metrics including:

  • Security initiatives
  • Innovation
  • Budget
  • Training  

The Security 500 report includes profiles of leaders in the industry, security budget reports, data among sectors, critical issues for security teams, as well as rankings. Based on a number of metrics, security departments are ranked within sectors. Rankings vary each year depending on those metrics.


Tampa General Hospital, a 1006-bed non-profit academic medical center, is one of the largest hospitals in America and delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 Best Hospitals, and one of the top 4 hospitals in Florida, with five specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With five medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center and its 32-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of FloridaIt also is home to the Jennifer Leigh Muma 82-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health and 19 outpatient Radiology Centers. Tampa Bay residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics, and they can even receive home visits in select areas through TGH Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track.  As one of the largest hospitals in the country, Tampa General Hospital is first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that uses artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to improve and better coordinate patient care at a lower cost.  For more information, go to www.tgh.org.