Stonewall Memorial responds to dog shooting

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Stonewall Memorial Hospital CEO Billie Carter informed the board of trustees earlier this week that she had completed her investigation into the incident occurring last month, where an employees dog was shot and killed on the hospital grounds.

Carter said she has spent the past couple of weeks reviewing the footage, witness accounts, and employee statements regarding the incident as well as making observations elsewhere in the facility. She said there is a great deal that has been learned.

Carter said there are several drills for emergency situations such as fire, tornado, and a few others the hospital is required to conduct each year. The hospital recently concluded a multi-agency disaster drill at the end of last week where the focus was responding to an active shooter situation.

However, Carter said when it came down to a reallife scenario, many protocols simply weren’t followed. She said there have been a number of disciplinary actions formerly filed against some employees regarding how the incident was handled. Others were given verbal warnings and instructed on corrective actions.

Ultimately, Carter said she feels that addressing learned lessons about security, safety, operating procedures, etc., and offering additional training courses will help to prevent situations of this nature in the future.

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