RISKAlert Report Updated: March 16, 2018
The shooting took place after long-time nursing supervisor, Nancy Swift, 63, told off Trevis Coleman, a hospital Sterile Supply worker, described as “disgruntled” by police. After fatally shooting Swift, he shot instrument worker, Tim Isley, who is in critical condition. Coleman then turned the gun on himself, with a fatal shot to the head.
The incident took place at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Highlands’s hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. UAB Hospital Vice President Anthony Patterson said, ‘We have extensive security measures in place that include police officers on site 24-7 as well as others that we do not publicly disclose in the interest of safety.
“This is a sad day for Birmingham UAB. We lost a colleague and a friend last night,” UAB Hospital Vice President Anthony Patterson said. “First I want to offer my sincerest condolences to the victims who have suffered and to their family and colleagues who are grieving this senseless loss of life and injury, our highest priority is the health and safety of our patients and employees.”
The surviving victim of the shooting, 28-year-old Timothy Isley, is recovering at UAB Hospital. He was the on-duty instrument management supervisor at the time of the shooting. Isley’s father is a Mayor of Springville, Alabama,
UAB Highlands hospital had metal detectors in use at the time of the workplace violence incident.
- ‘Disgruntled’ employees need to have a formal case file opened on them, and their
behavior monitored, if they have the potential to be a threat.
- Keeping all back entrances locked, and using door alarms, can keep staff, and intruders
from bringing guns and knives into hospitals.
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