"A 50-year-old man who became distraught after hearing about the unfavorable prognosis following surgery on his elderly terminally ill mother drew a concealed handgun and fired on his mother’s surgeon in the hallway of hospital ward. The shooter barricaded himself and his mother in her hospital room, where he fatally shot his mother and then committed suicide. The surgeon survived."
Depending on motive and shooting location at or within the hospital the researchers determined that magnetometers are no panacea. Counter-intuitively they suggest that for locations within the hospital (as opposed to incidents that occur on the grounds) metal detectors seem to be of the least possible value in the emergency department. Most interestingly, they discerned that weapons taken away from law enforcement, corrections, and security personnel were used in as many as half the shootings in the emergency department.
"...hospitals should seek out the consultation of a certified healthcare security expert to assist in the development of a healthcare security program -- something not specified in the study.
Although the report shed some light on the issues of violence in hospitals covering the 40 states considered in their research, the study stops short of addressing some of the critical issues facing hospital administrators on a daily basis: How to operate a facility with a well-trained, professional security team, which functions under a well-conceived security plan, and is prepared to handle any crisis situation that may arise."