Shooting Gives Hospital Violence Prime Time Attention

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , September 20, 2010

Edgardo Tenreiro, COO at Baton Rouge General Medical Center, said the Johns Hopkins shootings immediately prompted memories of a Sept. 3 double shooting at his hospital. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh! We're not the only ones.' In a sense I was somewhat relieved, even though at the same time I was very unhappy that it happened again," he says.

Tenreiro says he doesn't believe BRGMC could have done much to prevent the Sept. 3 shooting. "This was a very, very specific targeted domestic dispute, and we were a target of opportunity. This shooter knew both victims were going to be together in this one location and were targeted in that sense," he says.

He sees a connection with reports of violence in other hospitals. "It's not a hospital trend, but hospitals have been part of a much larger nationwide trend from folks who are using violence to solve disputes," he says. "The public is beginning to realize that this is something that is not just a local issue but a nationwide issue."

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