Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Reviewing Policies After Deadly Shooting

Lebanon, NH - Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center officials say they're focusing on the safety and well-being of employees and patients following Tuesday's deadly shooting.

"We had an unfortunate loss of life in our hospital and our thoughts go to that family," said  Dr. Edward Merrens, chief clinical officer for DHMC.

"Patient care remains the top priority. Patient care will be the top priority," said John Kacavas, Chief Legal Officer for DHMC.

Hospital leaders held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to answer questions about the emergency evactuation from the day before.

 "First off we want to thank our patients, our doctors, our nurses and our staff," said Kacavas.

Officials say they will review policy at the hospital, since the suspect in the shooting reportedly walked in with a duffle bag and a gun. Right now, there is no interest in arming security.

"What are the best security measures that we can put in place? We're taking a measured approach, and what are those things and how do we best do this overall," said Jim Alexander, emergency management coordinator for DHMC.

Dr. Merrens said they were prepared for the situation.

"Anytime we have a situation like this is a unique situation we train for this we plan for this we've done exercises as a larger organization we've been in collaboration with Lebanon Police," Dr. Merrens said.

Counselors and a chaplin are available for workers, including a nurse who ran from the room during the incident.

"We have provided the support for anything that the nurse needs as well as her colleagues," Dr. Merrens said.


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