Hospitals are typically thought of as safe, benign places. Many Pennsylvania residents never give a second thought to security issues when frequenting hospitals in the state. Unfortunately, hospitals are somewhat prone to violent acts. The question is how to address inadequate security and reduce acts of violence perpetrated on hospital property.
The results of a study that looked at hospital shootings occurring between 2000 and 2011 reveal a grim picture. One-hundred-fifty-four hospital shootings occurred during the study period. Ninety-one of these shootings happened inside the hospital and 63 of them occurred outside on hospital grounds. More than 230 people were injured or killed because of these shootings.