North Carolina medical facilities respond to Tulsa shooting

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Triangle Medical Facilities responds to the shooting at an Oklahoma health care office on Tuesday, killing four, including the shooter. Duke University Hospital says staff frequently undergo active shooter training.

UNC Health conducted its last active-fire exercise last December.

Wake Med said it holds drills every year, but today they will be offering refresher training to any staff who need it.

“Our hearts are broken today, four of our colleagues,” said Barb Bissett, executive director of preparedness and innovative learning at Wake Med. “Our staff need to have the muscle memory to know exactly what to do and be able to make quick judgments about what is the safest thing to do.”

Bissett says their active fire drills are integrated into their emergency response training for all types of safety issues, including workplace violence, domestic violence and other scenarios.


Duke Hospital mentioned that they hold similar trainings.

Jason Zivica, assistant vice president of emergency services at Duke University Hospital sent this statement to ABC 11:

“Duke University Health System has written policies and procedures to help staff manage several types of security-related events, including workplace violence, isolated security events, active shooters, and other potential scenarios All staff members are required to undergo regular education and trainings, and key personnel also participate in drills.

Security concerns are continuously monitored, discussed and addressed by internal committees and departments to increase physical and environmental security measures as appropriate. All Duke Health entities are weapon-free zones and emergency rooms are equipped with metal detectors to protect the safety of patients and staff.”

UNC Health sent this memo to employees today:

UNC Health is devastated by news of a mass shooting that took place yesterday at a hospital complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We join our country in mourning the loss of health care workers and community members at Saint Francis Health System.

The safety and well-being of our teammates and patients is a top priority for UNC Health. It is important to remember that we all play a vital role in ensuring a safe environment. We ask that you always remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Do not hesitate to contact the competent authorities if something does not seem right to you.
Please take a few moments to review the safety and emergency plans.

We also want you to know that it is normal to feel a variety of emotions in response to these terrible events – sadness, anger, fear, helplessness. These are difficult times, and the psychological and moral burden can be stressful and exhausting.

UNC Health Healing Heroes Helpline (H3): Free and available to all UNC Health teammates. Call 984-215-5655 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

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UNC Health Healing Heroes Helpline (H3): Free and available to all UNC Health teammates. Call 984-215-5655 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Guns are banned in our area hospitals, many of which tell ABC 11 they have medical detectors at the entrance to their emergency rooms.

Hospital employees and visitors say the fatal shooting in Oklahoma is deeply concerning.

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