Community violence cost U.S. hospitals and health systems an estimated $2.7 billion in 2016, according to a new report prepared for the AHA by Milliman. Specifically, the authors found that hospitals and health systems spent $1.1 billion on security and training to prevent violence in hospitals; $852 million caring for victims of violence; $429 million on medical care, staffing, indemnity and other costs related to violence against hospital employees; and $280 million on preparedness and prevention of community violence. “Keeping people healthy is at the heart of health care, and violence runs counter to that,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “It's our hope that quantifying the resources hospitals and health systems commit illustrates the enormity of this issue as a public health problem while giving hospitals the chance to highlight their efforts to keep their communities and workplaces safer.” For more on the report, released at the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego, visit aha.org/HAVhope.
As part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, AHA shares resources to assist hospitals and health systems
Hospitals and health systems have a crucial role to play in identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking, and we urge you to join many of your…
The AHA's Hospitals Against Violence initiative, the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance…
Transforming a park overrun with drug dealers and gangs into a safe, open space for recreation and activities for all ages, including youth and older adults.
A shooting yesterday at Mercy Hospital in Chicago left four people dead, including two hospital workers, a police officer and the shooter.
Los Robles Regional Medical Center treated 11 people injured during last night’s mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
U.S. hospitals treated an estimated 75,086 patients under age 18 for firearm-related injuries in the emergency department between 2006 and 2014.