How Bronx-Lebanon is moving forward after tragic shooting
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.