Healthcare Vulnerability & Security Risk Assessments

The Bureau of Statistics reports that the healthcare and social service industries have the highest rate of workplace violence among any other industry. Workers in these industries are five times more likely to experience workplace violence than in any other industry. Consider actual accounts of events that have already occurred around the United States. They could happen at any healthcare organization, including physician office practices, anywhere in Louisiana.

Recent Acts of Healthcare Violence in the US.

  • June 2022
    A patient of Dr. Preston Phillips entered a Tulsa, OK Medical Office building where he shot and killed Dr. Phillips, a receptionist, and two others. Dr. Phillips had recently performed surgery on the gunman but the reasons behind the attack are still under investigation.
  • April 2019
    A patient in the inpatient behavioral health unit at Baton Rouge General Medical Center attacked a nurse. When a second nurse intervened to assist, the patient attacked her as well, causing her to injure her right leg and strike her head on a desk. The injured nurse was treated and released from the ER but died the following week from blood clots resulting from the attack.
  • February 2019
    A man who was said to have had a history of being “unhappy with healthcare” and was unhappy with his treatment at the time, entered a clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota killing one person and wounding three others.

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How Can I Protect My Practice?

LHA Trust Funds can help you identify the areas where you can make the most improvements to ensure the security of your organization by conducting a Security & Vulnerability assessment. This risk assessment includes a discussion with staff, a review of pertinent policies, and an evaluation of the organization and grounds to identify areas that may increase your likelihood of a threat, and the effectiveness of your response.

What Should I Expect?

  1. A comprehensive onsite risk assessment to evaluate security vulnerabilities in your organization. The assessment is a benefit to members of the Physicians Trust at no additional cost.
  2. A report of findings of the assessment, including recommendations to reduce the risk identified.
  3. One-on-one consulting with an experienced Risk Consultant to help improve your processes.
  4. Access to toolkits in our member portal that address numerous topics, including Active Shooter, Behavioral Health, and Violence in Healthcare.
  5. Access to live staff training in Management of Aggressive Behaviors (MOAB) for Office Practices and Active Shooter.

Get Started Now

If you are a current member of LHA Trust Funds, please contact Vice President of Patient Safety and Risk, Stacie Jenkins, at for more information.

About the Author


Stacie Jenkins, RN, MSN, CPSO
Vice President of Patient Safety and Risk, LHA Trust Funds

Stacie Jenkins is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in nursing informatics. She has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, working in patient care and quality/performance improvement positions. As the Vice President of Patient Safety & Risk at LHA Trust Funds, she works closely with hospital administrators, risk managers, and nursing staff to improve patient safety and establish best practices. She conducts on-site assessments and gives presentations designed to help clients address their patient safety risk management challenges.

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