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Long Beach Memorial Offers Chaplain Services After Shooting

A California hospital is helping families cope in the aftermath of a shooting April 16 that left three people dead at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

Police are still investigating the events that led to the incident, but it is believed that a pharmacy technician shot two co-workers and then himself. A motive was not released.

Hospital officials identified the victims as Kelly Hales, 56, of Redondo Beach and Hugo Bustamante, 46, of Cypress, according to the Press Telegram. The shooter was identified as Mario Ramirez, 50, of Alhambra.

Long Beach Memorial officials could not be reached for comment, but the facility’s CEO, Diana Hendel, said in a news conference: “Our first priority was to ensure our patients’ safety and that they are well cared for. My heart is with everyone affected.” Hendel added that the families of the victims were receiving care through the hospital’s chaplain service.

California Hospital Association spokeswoman Jan Emerson says every hospital is required to have a safety program in place, and when major disasters occur, staff members have their roles.

According to a witness, the Press Telegram reports, doctors and other hospital staff herded patients into the bathrooms and exam rooms when the shootings began.

By | 2009-04-17T00:00:00-04:00 April 17th, 2009|Categories: National|0 Comments

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