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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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