(Corpus Christi, TX) – CHRISTUS Spohn Health System is proud to announce a commissioning ceremony honoring the promotion of its security force. In a Catholic health care setting, the commissioning of the security officers is a crucial part of ensuring the faith-based principles of care and compassion are the foundation of the security team’s path and direction moving forward. Following months of training, security officers for CHRISTUS Spohn Health System have been certified by the state of Texas as Level III commissioned security officers – allowing the officers to carry firearms.

In addition to firearms, security officers with CHRISTUS Spohn Health System will be equipped with new uniforms, marked security vehicles and new body armor vests which had previously only been available to law enforcement officers.

In preparation for their promotions, officers received 45 hours of training, which at times exceeded the level of training required by other local entities. The CHRISTUS Spohn security team also implemented virtual reality headsets into their training regimen – simulating emergency situations inside of virtual models of CHRISTUS Spohn facilities. "We felt it was important to be proactive and to be prepared in case of emergency," explains CHRISTUS Spohn CEO, Dominic Dominguez. "We see almost daily reminders that the world can be volatile at times, but we want our Associates, physicians and patients to be able to leave those fears behind when they enter our facilities – and simply focus on giving and receiving excellent health care in a safe environment."