The Pueblo Chieftain: Parkview hospital’s best friend
Author: The Pueblo Chieftain Editorial Board - September 4, 2018 - Updated: September 4, 2018
Public safety is not going to the dogs at Parkview Medical Center, but rather a drug-sniffing labrador retriever named River now bolsters the hospital’s security.
Admired and liked by Parkview staff, the friendly black lab patrols the hospital’s expansive North Side campus with his handler, veteran Parkview security officer Arlene Workman, to detect marijuana, illegal narcotics and contraband. It’s no small matter, with as many as 30 drug and/or contraband incidents in a given month.
“The issue of people outside of the hospital bringing in illicit narcotics into the hospital creates a safety issue for our staff and our visitors,” Parkview public relations specialist Jeff Tucker said. “And it’s disruptive to the healing process of our patients.”