Akron General Medical Center officials have been meeting to review the hospital's security procedures since 66-year old John Wise of Massillon entered the hospital Saturday and calmly walked into the Intensive Care Unit where he shot his critically ill wife 65-year old Barbara Wise.
She has now been declared brain dead.
John Wise is now in police custody facing an initial charge of attempted aggravated murder. That charge is expected to change after the Summit County Medical Examiner completes an autopsy on Barbara Wise, either Tuesday of Wednesday.
Akron Police Captain Dan Zampelli says the Prosecutor will determine which charges Wise will face once the autopsy results are complete
Akron General spokesman Jim Gosky tells AkronNewsNow "We've had several meetings already with various departments throughout the organization, and leaders throughout the organization, and just bringing everyone back together, focusing on what happened Saturday night, and refocusing our efforts on safety and security."
Gosky says it's more difficult to tighten security at hospitals. "Our security forces are right up front when you walk in, but keep in mind too that there are multiple entrances to a facility like Akron General, as there are at any hospital. So people can walk in through a number of public entrances, and get where they want to go, like walking into a shopping mall or a theater," says Gosky.
Jim Gosky of Akron General Medical Center by Larry States
Gosky says the hospital over the years has discussed utilizing metal detectors, but backed away from that idea when their use at other hospitals caused response and other problems.
Jim Gosky says the hospital staff did perform as trained when the shooting occurred . " We certainly have drills all the time and I will say that as a result of the practice and professionalism of our staff, because of that their reaction was simply amazing on Saturday night."
As parts of the country are ravaged by severe weather, Northeast Ohio skies have stayed relatively clear, but that has not stopped local hospitals from testing if they are ready for tornados and the destruction that follows.
Akron General's Director of Media and Public Relations, Jim Gosky tells AkronNewsNow that a disaster drill this week tested a number of hospitals throughout 13 different counties, and that the results were all around very impressive, especially since the disaster drill.
"Most throughout the organization including doctors, nurses, administration, support people did not know, and I have to say that from being there throughout the course of the morning, the response was outstanding." says Gosky.
The drill also revealed a number of logistic issues that were not foreseen, including the presence of media and television trucks that may be at the hospital reporting on the weather, and the arrival of casualties. They found those members of the media might be in the way of ambulances coming to and from the hospitals.
Communications between the various hospitals were also tested so "ambulance crews know where to take the victims " depending on the various availability of intensive care beds in each hospital.
Gosky says the fact that there are so many quality hospitals in northeast Ohio makes this area better prepared to respond more quickly to such disasters.
Akron General Medical Center is warning area residents of harassing phone calls made by a man claiming to be a doctor.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports a 64-year-old Sagamore Hills Township woman called police after a man asked her explicit and inappropriate questions about her anatomy and breast exams.
The hospital has received complaints in the Akron area since last year.
The calls are usually made at night or early in the morning and are listed as a private caller.
Spokesman Jim Gosky tells the Beacon Journal that legitimate calls made from the hospital will be listed as 'Akron General" on the caller ID.
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