Longview hospital security procedures being reviewed
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -
The president of Good Shepherd Health Systems says as soon as the stabbing happened Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview went on lock down.
Hospital officials would not say if any extra security was put in place after the stabbing.
"During the normal business hours the general public would have access. After hours, we lock down but that's strictly after hours," says Kenny Jerniga, director of security at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.
The president of the hospital says their security guards are not armed but did respond to the stabbing as soon as it happened. One witness says the hospital staff could not have done a better job.
"They literally swooped in and got everybody moved into an office. They got some of the folks into a bathroom, they were locking the doors, bracing the doors, just standing there waiting," says Chad Jackson, who was in the hospital with his family when the stabbing happened.
"I just can't say enough good things about the way they handled everything," says Jana Jackson, who also saw the stabbing.
Hospital officials hope the entire crime was caught on camera.
"We are in the process of reviewing all of the video surveillance that we have available. It will be turned over to the Longview Police Department for their investigation," Jerniga says.
All of Tuesday and Wednesday's surgeries are being rescheduled. The Jacksons say they don't have to think twice, they will definitely be back.
"It was not their fault. They put themselves at risk to make sure that we were safe," Chad Jackson says.
"You know, today has been a tough day for us and it will heal and we will continue to care for our patients," says Steve Altmiller, president of Good Shepherd Health Systems.
Altmiller says they are reviewing the hospital's security procedures to see if any changes need to be made for the future.
The Longview Police Department cleared the crime scene at the hospital at around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon.
They are still investigating the stabbing but say they will not have any further presence at the hospital.