Geisinger commits to continued security training after employee was shot, killed outside hospital

Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger is reiterating its commitment to safety after a Dec. 30 shooting outside its Geisinger Medical Center campus took the life of a hospital employee. 

"The incident that took place the other week was saddening. We have, and will continue to demonstrate, an emphasis on staff safety," the health system said in a statement shared with Becker's Jan. 10.

Vikki Wetzel, 49, was fatally shot while returning to her car in an employee parking lot, following her shift on the hospital's lab medicine team. David Morgan, 48, her former boyfriend, is suspected of being the shooter, The Standard-Journal reported Jan. 7. Mr. Morgan was found dead at the scene of a crash in a nearby town that also occurred Dec. 30.

Geisinger said it continues to focus on staff safety with initiatives like in-person and hands-on training with local and federal law enforcement, escorts by a security officer upon request, 24/7 video security with artificial intelligence, and domestic violence resources for workers.

Geisinger also sends heads of departments and staff to the Center for Domestic Preparedness for specialized training and has partners like Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pa., "that are alerted of what's going on and they can provide assistance at any given notice," Stephanie Gryboski, associate vice president of emergency management and employee health at Geisinger, told The Standard-Journal.

She told the newspaper hospitals from Tennessee and Florida reached out during the recent shooting incident to see how they could assist.

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