An Rx for Preparedness Against Active Threats at Healthcare Facilities

Active Threats At Healthcare Facilities

“It’s been happening almost anywhere, but nobody was waiting for this. Who would have thought it would happen in a hospital?” 

Witness of the June 2017 Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center shooting by a physician/former employee of that hospital, which killed one individual and wounded six others.

  • 75% of all workplace assaults occur against healthcare workers.

  • These assaults are most frequently committed by patients and their visitors, and include behaviors such as making verbal threats, spitting, striking, kicking, biting, and throwing objects.

  • Some assaults have involved shootings resulting in serious injury or death.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to inundate the nation, shortages of vital equipment and supplies, sick patient family members and community members experiencing heightened anxiety and fears, and catastrophically overburdened hospitals in the midst of the crisis, incidents involving healthcare are likely to be on the rise.

(The main hospital in the city of Bergamo is struggling to cope with the high influx of #coronavirus patients. Bergamo is the epicenter of the virus outbreak in Italy’s hardest-hit region, Lombardy. Courtesy of CGTN and youTube. Posted on Mar 21, 2020.)

Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH) understands the complex environment and significant security challenges that hospitals and healthcare facilities present.

Welcoming patients and their families to a place where they will receive medical treatment and care must be balanced by the need to create a secure and safe workplace for the Caregivers.

KGH leaders have expertise in establishing Workplace Violence Prevention (WVP) and Security strategies in the hospital and other clinical settings.

An Ordinary Day Can Turn Extraordinary In An Instant.

KGH’s focus is on identifying vulnerabilities and recommending mitigation and prevention strategies in high-risk areas including, but not limited to: Behavioral Health Units; Emergency Departments; Mother-Baby/Labor & Delivery; Hospital Entry Points; and Forensic Patient Security.

Targeted shootings at hospitals, though less frequent, have a devastating impact on everyone present in the hospital as well as the hospital’s reputation as a safe place to receive care.

(A medical resident, wounded during a deadly shooting rampage at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, has filed a lawsuit against the hospital and the gun shop that sold the weapon used by the shooter. In that lawsuit, Dr. Justin Timperio and his attorney accuse the hospital of “negligence” and allege it was an “ineffective security system” that allowed former employee Dr. Henry Bello to enter the facility using an old ID badge. Courtesy of Eyewitness News ABC7NY and YouTube. Posted on Mar 6, 2018.)

These shootings fall predominantly into four types of situations common to the hospital setting:

  • Forensic/Prisoner Patients

  • Patients/Family Members Disgruntled with Clinical Outcomes

  • Domestic Situations Coming into the Workplace

  • Terminated/Disgruntled Employees

The Forensic/Prisoner Patient presents the highest risk, since the Forensic perceives an opportunity to escape custody by overpowering the guards, making the staff highly vulnerable to the violent scene as it unfolds.

KGH offers awareness education and active engagement training in WVP.

(Woman says she hid next to bed in emergency room during shooting at Fayetteville hospital. Courtesy of CBS 17 and YouTube. Posted on Nov 6, 2019.)

Legislative Efforts

Hospital executives, physicians, and nurses are keenly aware of the growing violence in hospitals directed against the hospital staff.

Their professional organizations are driving new legislative initiatives.

KGH also conducts on-site assessments of hospital security measures and policies to meet Joint Commission performance standards and Reduce Risk of Liability, Civil Litigations and Penalties.

(Learn More about State Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Laws. Courtesy of Kiernan Group Holdings and YouTube. Posted on Dec 4, 2019.)

KGH educates clients on how to develop a preparedness mindset with a commonsense approach to safety, really at the intersection of fear and fact.

These training opportunities enable individuals with the confidence to know what to do and how to do it when disruption occurs, whether that is due to a natural disaster, or as a result of violence in the workplace

The shared awareness enables individuals to replace confusion with clarity, and act without hesitation should that ordinary day turn extraordinary. 

These client partnerships contribute to a culture of preparedness, engagement and overall wellness within organizations, not simply the annual training requirements that are mandatory, and from which, often little is retained.

Replace Confusion With Clarity – Preparedness Without Paranoia®

Please contact KGHY at, call (571) 290-0260 or go to

Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH)
Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH)

Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, founder and CEO of KGH is a 29-year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement, previously serving as the Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the ATF where she was responsible for  an intelligence-led organizational strategy to mine and disseminate data related to explosives, firearms and illegal tobacco diversion, the traditional and non-traditional tools of terrorism.

Dr. Kiernan is a recognized expert in critical incident management exercises for senior leaders across government and private sector organizations.

These include all facets of criminality and terrorism; Active Shooter/Active Threat; Insider Threat, unconventional threats impacting the warfighter; anomalous behavior detection; continuity of operations and crisis management and crisis communications.

Kiernan Group Holdings Takes Platinum in Third Consecutive ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program

Mike Madsen, AST Publisher (at left); Commissioner William J. Bratton, Guest Keynote Speaker; Tammy Waitt, Managing Director; and Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings at the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon
Mike Madsen, AST Publisher (at left); Commissioner William J. Bratton, Guest Keynote Speaker; Tammy Waitt, Managing Director; and Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, CEO of Kiernan Group Holdings at the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon.

Kiernan Group Holdings

  • Best Homeland Security Education Program

  • G.O.T. Preparedness?

  • KGH’s Preparedness Without Paranoia® approach provides education and training for individuals to gain a heightened situational awareness and understanding of today’s multi-dimensional threat environment, recognize telltale signs of an evolving threat, and become empowered to take effective action without hesitation.

Dr. Kathleen Kiernan and Bill Bratton, at the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon in NYC, have known and respected one another since 1976.
  • Preparedness Without Paranoia® uses a common sense approach to preparedness from the classroom to the boardroom.

  • From a business perspective, KGH offers metric-based training in compliance with national level standards and guidance, and a suite of audit-ready analytic tools for use by training managers and HR professionals.

  • KGH was also recognized as a Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program Winner for two consecutive years, 2019 and 2018 respectively.

(Hear directly about the ‘Preparedness Without Paranoia’ (PWP) Education and Training Series from Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, CEO & Founder of Kiernan Group Holdings. Dr. Kiernan, a 29-year veteran of Federal Law Enforcement. Dr. Kiernan retired as Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the ATF. KGH developed PWP, an approach to individual engagement and education to increase confidence and decrease victimization in active threat environments. Courtesy of KGH and YouTube.)

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