Public Safety
Public Safety

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The Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall (MSLC) Security Department is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for patients, visitors and staff. It is our goal to be phenomenal, exceed expectations and to provide excellent customer service.

Mission of Security:

The MSLC Security Team provides a safe and secure environment at both the Newburgh and Cornwall campuses. This is accomplished through proactive risk assessments and the continuous monitoring of our environment.

All members of the MSLC Security Team are licensed by New York State Department of Licensing which requires annual training with curriculum provided by the State of New York. All Security Staff receive individualized monthly training on hospital policies as well as quarterly training in a group setting.

In an effort to be prepared for all emergency situations, all members of the Security Staff are trained in CPR, AED, and First Aid. In addition, all security staff receive “Non- Violent Crisis Intervention” training which is a valuable tool when it comes to using de-escalation techniques.

The MSLC Security Department is responsible for the following:

  • Provide annual campus risk assessments.
  • Document all security related incidents and collect statistical data.
  • Investigate reports of policy violations, thefts, lost property, etc.
  • 24 hours per day, 365 days per year patrols and escorts.
  • Monitor 250 surveillance cameras and 90 proximity readers, as well as more than 50 emergency call stations.
  • Work in partnership with local law enforcement professionals including the City of Newburgh Police Department, Town of Newburgh Police Department, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Town of Cornwall Police and Correctional Staff from various facilities in the Hudson Valley.
  • Work closely with the MSLC Emergency Management, Environment of Care, Life/Fire Safety, Engineering and Guest Services teams.

Joseph Knarich, RN, CPP, CHPA - Public Safety Director
Desk phone number: 845-568-2348

Joseph brings a unique blend of healthcare expertise and security acumen to MSLC. He served as the Senior Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, a 1,078-bed safety-net teaching hospital located in Paramus, New Jersey, and the fourth largest public hospital in the United States. Joseph's journey to healthcare security leadership began after serving five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and enjoying a distinguished 24-year career in law enforcement. He is also a Registered Nurse (RN) and sits on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Healthcare Security Directors Association. Furthermore, he holds multiple certifications, including ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP®), IAHSS Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA), Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), and Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP).

Chris Sager - Emergency Manager
Phone: (845) 568-2604

Chris Sager was a police officer for over 32 years, most recently working as a Detective Investigator for the NYS Office of the Attorney General, assigned to the Organized Crime Task Force. In his previous position, Chris worked for the Town of New Windsor Police Department for 29 years, spending most of his career in investigations.

Marc Harrington - Emergency Management Coordinator
Phone Number: 845-784-3044

Marc Harrington was a member of the Town of Newburgh Police Department serving 26 years, ending his career as a major case detective and retired in 2015. He joined the security team at Montefiore St. Luke's Cornwall in June 2019 and recently transitioned into the Emergency Management Coordinator position.

Robert ChildressEnvironment of Care Coordinator
Desk Phone: (845) 568-2348

Mr. Childress retired from the City of Newburgh Police Department after serving twenty-seven years, eighteen of those years as a detective. He has been with MSLC for over ten years. Robert conducts internal investigation.