Hospitals are not required to have an active shooter policy, but at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Fla., July 17, planning for such a situation prevented a seemingly random act of violence from becoming worse during an active shooter situation at the medical center.

An armed man entered the medical center killing a patient and health care aide, but was then detained by security guards who held the assailant until police arrived. Law enforcement officials credited the security guards and the hospital’s active shooter plan with preventing further loss of life.

H&HN’s sister publication Health Facilities Management spoke with a law enforcement official in Titusville about the event and examines what made Parrish Medical Center’s active shooter plan successful and what other hospitals should do when considering a policy for their institution.

To hear what made Parish Medical Center’s plan a success and what leaders should consider when drafting active shooter plans, read HFM writer Jeff Ferenc's full story.