Advocate BroMenn is learning about its ability to react to a potential active shooter or hostage situation at the medical center. Volunteers and the Normal Police Department took part in two drills. One centered around a parent disrupting a baby transfer to the Department of Children and Family Services. Tim Hall, Advocate BroMenn's Public Safety Manager, says there were some lessons learned from the exercise.
Hall says health care facilities have seen a 300% increase in violent crime on campuses over the past decade. He blames the economy and says a hospital is a "city within a city."
Kirk Ijams, Normal's Assistant Police Chief, says these types of exercises often expose a company or organization's security weaknesses.
Advocate BroMenn officials were able to use the space that formerly housed the mother-baby unit for the drill. Those services have moved into the center's new tower wing which opened this summer.
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