OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KFOR) – Following the deadly mass shooting at a Tulsa medical complex that killed four people, a state group says hospitals may want to review their security measures.
“I saw my office in a different light Thursday than Wednesday,” said Dr. Diane Heaton, president-elect of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. “I think we should have a thorough look at our hospitals and our areas and do it from a new perspective.”
According to Tulsa police, gunman Michael Louis shot and killed Dr. Preston Phillips, Dr. Stephanie Husen, receptionist Amanda Glenn and patient William Love on Wednesday. Police add that Louis was able to ascend to the second floor of the Natalie building on campus without any restraints.
“This is an entrance that’s open to the public like any other building, like you walked in here today,” Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said at a press conference Thursday. . “There’s no one to greet you at that door, so he was able to get in without any type of challenge.”
In light of this, Dr Heaton said medical establishments should look for ways to prevent this type of tragedy from happening again.
“I think we need to bring in people trained in these areas and have them help us, just like we help them when they have medical issues,” Dr Heaton said. “We have a sliding door that you just walked in, you know, do we need cameras so we can see someone threatening before [they are able to come in] and be able to lock that door?
KFOR also contacted metro hospitals to see if they were planning to increase their security.
A spokesperson for INTEGRIS Health sent us the following press release:
We are all shocked and heartbroken to learn of the gun violence perpetrated against caregivers and doctors in Tulsa at the St. Francis Health System on Wednesday night. These acts of violence against health care workers trying to do good in the world are disturbing.
Safety is our number one priority at INTEGRIS Health. We have many measures in place to keep our campuses safe, including approximately 1,800 surveillance cameras monitored 24/7 by public security officers, over 2,000 security checkpoints, badge access, panic alarms, locking systems and a radio system which provides immediate and direct radio. contact with our agents. We also provide training for caregivers to learn techniques for de-escalation, situational awareness and self-defense. We want the public and our caregivers to know that we are continually looking for ways to strengthen and improve our safety protocols and procedures.
We recognize that the tragedy in Tulsa and the recent attacks in Buffalo and Uvalde have likely created grief and pain in all of our lives. These losses and acts of violence are extremely difficult to process. That’s why our mental health teams, employee assistance programs and chaplains are available to help sort through the emotions as we seek to make sense of the world around us.
Brooke Cayot, INTEGRIS Health Spokesperson
OU Health also weighed in with the statement below:
As medical professionals, we care about the health and well-being of the communities we serve and are deeply saddened by the tragedy at the Tulsa Medical Clinic. We are working closely with the OU Police Department on the safety of our campus as we monitor this situation. We want to assure you that our friends, colleagues and residents of the programs at the OU Health Sciences Center in Tulsa have been confirmed to be safe and taken care of.
The recent string of tragic incidents of gun violence across the country has shocked us all. It hit very close to home for all of us, with the St. Francis incident in Tulsa. The situation in Tulsa continues to unfold, but not only do our hearts break for the victims affected, we recognize the fear our healthcare colleagues in Tulsa must feel. These incidents of gun violence are filled with hate and an affront to the values we embrace in health care, namely caring, healing and inclusiveness. We mourn with the families and community of Tulsa for this tragic loss of life.
David McCollum, Director of Media Relations at OU Health
At the time this story was published, Mercy Hospital has not yet responded to our request for comment.
The Tulsa Community Foundation has set up an emergency fund for St. Francis employees at tulsacf.org/saintfrancisstrong to help those affected by this tragedy.
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