AHA Statement on Chicago Shooting Incident

Maryjane Wurth

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, AHA
President and CEO, Health Forum

Former President and CEO Illinois Hospital Association


November 20, 2018


We are saddened by the tragic events that unfolded at Mercy Hospital and we express our condolences to the families of the victims. The women and men of America’s hospitals and health systems know very well the devastating toll that violence can have, as they are being called on to treat and care for victims of violence with increasing frequency. Unfortunately, this latest incident occurred inside the hospital and the brave women and men who come to work every day ready to care for all took action to ensure that all patients were safe. When tragedy strikes, the role of hospitals and health systems is clear: respond, treat, and be a force for good. I am proud of all the caregivers and hospital staff who care for others in the face of such violent incidents.


Hospitals, like our nation, are increasingly looking for new ways to address the wave of violence that we are seeing. And, as with any other public health challenge, hospitals and health systems will remain an engaged partner in both caring for and keeping our communities safe.