Message from President and CEO, Dr. Jeff Balser, about One Hundred Oaks incidentColleagues,
Workplace shootings have become all too common in our country. As the region’s only Level I Trauma center, we often bear witness to the sad consequences of these horrific acts. However, yesterday this violence entered into our workplace through an unfortunate incident that took place at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks. While a police officer was critically injured and the perpetrator died, thankfully this was a confined event with no other casualties.
Even before our law enforcement officers were able to sound an "all clear," word began to spread about the concern and professionalism on display by our clinicians and staff for the safety of patients and families in our care. I want to express my sincere appreciation for your courage and composure as events unfolded. And my thanks also go out to our patients who waited patiently as officers surveyed and secured the entire One Hundred Oaks facility.
Always, our first concern is the safety and well-being of those in our care and members of our Medical Center family. We have a highly visible police presence serving watch over the One Hundred Oaks and the 21st Avenue campuses that performed exceptionally well during yesterday’s events. Nonetheless, we will use this incident as an opportunity to carefully examine if there are additional ways to enhance current security practices.
I am grateful for all that you do each day in service of our patients and their families.
Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D.
President and CEO, VUMC
Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine