Officers from the Lincoln City Police Department (LCPD) assisted Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital staff and administrators (SNLH) to conduct an armed intruder training drill.
Hospital and police administrators said the realistic drill was a valuable learning experience for involved staff, who were coached by observers on the appropriate responses to take. Although hospital and clinic staff were notified in advance of the drill, they did not know the frightening details.
SHS Communications Strategist Mary Jo Kerlin said the scenario involved an angry man entering Samaritan Lincoln City Medical Center at about 11 a.m. demanding to see a doctor who no longer works there. The man storms through the back offices of the clinic waving a (fake) gun, screaming the doctor’s name.
As he exited the clinic, the man said he was going to the hospital to shoot the first doctor he finds. When he arrived at the hospital, an alert had already been sounded and all staff and visitors were well hidden from sight.
The man pounds on the glass at the emergency registration desk, paces up and down the public hallways waving his (fake) gun for a couple minutes, and then yells that he would shoot the first doctor he found in the parking lot. The angry man exits the hospital and began pacing out front while screaming obscenities and waving his (fake) gun.
During the drill, Lincoln City Police officers were dispatched after clinic staff called 9-1-1 and set off the panic alert. Following their approved police protocols, arriving officers confronted the arm man outside the building, ordering him to put down his weapon. The man does not comply and aims his (fake) gun at the officers, who then eliminates the threat with their weapons that, for this scenario, were also fake.
"Even though this was just a drill and the guns were fake, the angry man, portrayed by SNLH Medical/Surgical Nurse Bryan Sadler, was extremely convincing," according to a release from NLPD. "In fact, after the drill he returned to the clinic to formally introduce himself and apologize for frightening them."
LCPD Sgt. Torin Liden and LCPD Officer KC Claunts portrayed the responding officers while other LCPD personnel observed the drill and acted as safety officers.
The drill was organized by Mike Bowman, hospital emergency preparedness coordinator, and had LCPD personnel assisting in partnership to help make the drill as realistic as possible while keeping everyone’s safety the number one priority.
Hospital administrators said the lessons learned from the successful drill will help to refine future protocols.
The intruder alert drill was conducted Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital medical campus