How Bronx-Le­banon is mov­ing for­ward af­ter tragic shoot­ing

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Jonathan LaMan­tia, Crain’s New York Busi­ness

Lo­cal hos­pi­tals are re­view­ing and en­hanc­ing their se­cu­rity pro­ce­dures in the af­ter­math of a re­cent shoot­ing at Bronx-Le­banon Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter that left one doc­tor dead and in­jured six other peo­ple.

Dr. Henry Bello, a former physi­cian at the fa­cil­ity, en­tered the hos­pi­tal in late June with an AR-15 ri­fle hid­den un­der a white lab coat and opened fire on the 16th and 17th floors. Bello had re­signed af­ter a six-month stint at the hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, ac­cord­ing to The New York Times.

The shoot­ing high­lights the chal­lenge fac­ing hos­pi­tals as they weigh ac­ces­si­bil­ity by their com­mu­nity against se­cu­rity con­cerns, said Jenna Man­del-Ricci, vice pres­i­dent of reg­u­la­tory and pro­fes­sional af­fairs at the Greater New York Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Bronx-Le­banon is look­ing to hire a pri­vate se­cu­rity firm to eval­u­ate ways it can man­age peo­ple who en­ter the fa­cil­ity, a spokesman said. The hos­pi­tal pro­vided grief coun­sel­ing to em­ploy­ees on-site.

The New York Po­lice Depart­ment and sev­eral la­bor unions made their own grief coun­selors avail­able to Bronx-Le­banon, the spokesman said.

Other lo­cal hos­pi­tals ei­ther stepped up their se­cu­rity ef­forts or were re­view­ing their plans.

An NYC Health & Hos­pi­tals spokesman said the sys­tem is pro­vid­ing “re­fresher train­ing to staff.” He said two safety train­ing ses­sions were well

at­tended, sig­nal­ing height­ened in­ter­est in the topic.

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