Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Safety & Security at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


The medications that you take while in the hospital are prescribed by your doctor specifically for your hospital stay. A hospital pharmacist reviews your medications and dispenses them as they are needed. You should not bring your own medications to the hospital, and should never take your own medicine unless your doctor approves and a pharmacist double-checks it with the other medications you are taking.


As part of HUP's emergency management system, alarms may be activated and announcements made over the loud speaker. Fire and disaster drills are conducted regularly. If an alarm occurs, please follow the direction of HUP staff. The hospital is a fire-resistant building. HUP staff is trained in fire protection, fire safety and disaster response to ensure safety for patients and visitors.


HUP security staff is focused on the safety and welfare of everyone utilizing HUP facilities and services.


    HUP Security Office
  • Emergency Department, Silverstein Building, Ground Floor
    Perelman Center Security Office
  • Atrium Lobby, Ground Floor
    Penn Tower Security e
  • Main Lobby, Ground Floor

Valuables or Lost Items

The hospital maintains a safe and secure environment, but we strongly recommend that you send your valuables home with a family member or friend. Please notify your nurse if you need to secure personal items with the security department. The hospital is not responsible for personal belongings or valuables that are not secured with the security department.

Lost and Found

Lost and found items are accepted and stored in the Security Operations Center located on the ground floor of the Silverstein building, next to the Emergency Department entrance. Reasonable effort is made to contact owners of lost property and return identifiable items. Employees, patients and visitors can call HUP Security at 215.662.2677 to inquire about lost items.

After Hours Access

On a daily basis, all entrances to the hospital are locked from 11 pm to 5 am. During this time, everyone must enter through the Emergency Department entrance on 34th Street.

Staff Identification

All employees and volunteers at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania wear photo name badges. Anyone providing care to you should be wearing proper identification. Please feel free to contact your nurse or the nurse manager if you have questions or concerns.


The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not permitted at any hospital entrance.

Smoke-free Environment

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania discourages smoking and supports a smoke-free environment for patients, staff and visitors. Patients are not permitted to smoke in or near the hospital. Smoking is prohibited in and around all Penn Medicine facilities and property, including sidewalks along 34th Street and 50 feet from any entrance.

Stop Smoking Resources

Fire Drills

For your protection, fire and disaster drills are conducted regularly. If a drill occurs while you are here, please remain in your room and do not become alarmed. The hospital is a fire-resistant building, and the staff is trained in fire protection and fire safety. The hospital also participates in all severe weather watches and warnings.

Room Comfort

Please inform your nurse if any aspect of your room is uncomfortable. Maintenance will be notified and make every effort to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.