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Active Shooter Symposium to Be Held at SUNY Downstate Wednesday, March 22

Brooklyn Coalition for Emergency Preparedness Presents
“Active Shooter Incidents in Hospitals and Healthcare Settings”


Brooklyn, NY – Would you know what to do if confronted with an active shooter? Learn how healthcare institutions and their employees should protect their patients and themselves by attending a symposium sponsored by the Brooklyn Coalition for Emergency Preparedness, entitled “Active Shooter Incidents in Hospitals and Healthcare Settings.”

The event will take place Wednesday, March 22, 2017, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 395 Lenox Road, Brooklyn, NY 11203. The symposium will last three hours, with a question-and-answer panel session following at 12:00 noon.

The symposium will explore legal, moral, and ethical obligations of medical institutions and their staff to protect patients if an active shooter event occurs. Speakers will include national experts in emergency preparedness, trauma, hospital security, and law enforcement, presenting the best means of securing the safety of patients, visitors, and employees, and the latest research findings.

In addition, a panel will convene after the symposium to take questions and discuss best practices regarding healthcare providers’ response to active shooters.  The panel will be facilitated by Bonnie Arquilla, DO, director of emergency preparedness at SUNY Downstate and its University Hospital of Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Coalition for Emergency Preparedness is a collaborative of hospitals and other healthcare facilities working jointly on healthcare system emergency preparedness activities in the borough and providing a model for other communities. Members include: NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island; Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center; Interfaith Medical Center; NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County; Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center; Maimonides Medical Center; Mount Sinai Brooklyn; New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital; NYU Lutheran Medical Center; SUNY Downstate Medical Center University Hospital of Brooklyn; NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull; Cobble Hill Health Center; NYC Health + Hospitals/McKinney; and Lutheran Augustana Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation.

Support is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response under award number NU90TP000546. Any documents or findings resulting from this exercise are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.



About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.