December 04, 2018
Kansas City, Kan. – Hospital leadership, medical and support staff are counting their blessings following shootings that took place near the main entrance of The University of Kansas Hospital late Monday night. Chief among those blessings are safety protocols, drills and University of Kansas Police Department. No employees were involved in the shootings that resulted in 1 immediate death and 2 wounded. Patients, visitors and staff were safe and secure inside the hospital while the crime took place.
"The security and safety of our patients is our top priority always," Tammy Peterman, president of Kansas City division and executive vice president, chief operating officer, chief nursing officer for The University of Kansas Health System says. "No one wants to receive this kind of news, but our hospital and University of Kansas Medical Center campus have worked together on safety protocols and drills to keep everyone as safe as possible."
It is standard protocol to lock hospital entrances after 8 p.m., except where visitors or patients must pass through security guards that are supported by armed police officers.
"The shooter never gained access to the hospital," Chris Ruder, chief operating officer of Kansas City division for The University of Kansas Health System says. "Additionally, University of Kansas Police Department and our emergency preparedness teams have drilled for several years with hospital staff to prepare us for this moment, a moment you hope you never have to test. We are grateful for those drills and that campus police responded in less than a minute after the alert went out."
An alert warning of an active shooter went out campuswide to hospital employees and medical center students, faculty and staff. The alert reminded everyone of safety precautions to take in the case of an active shooter and where the danger was located. The alert came and went very quickly as the shooting resolved and the work to help the victims began.