BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
SYLMAR, CALIFORNIA - Olive View - UCLA Medical Center is an internationally recognized 377-bed county hospital in the San Fernando Valley. The seven-story building was erected in 1987, and has a total patient revenue of $1,144,511,293 as of 2017. The facility is a teaching hospital, and is closely related to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. The facility provides post-graduate medical residency training programs with 22 medical specialties to choose from, such as, pediatrics, cardiology, hematology, ophthalmology, and urology. The facility has a workforce of medical professionals in almost every branch of medicine.
Sadly, shortly after 9:30 am, Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies, and Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team members responded to a 9-1-1 emergency call, reporting a gunman on the county hospital's second floor. "Man, it was crazy! Law enforcement officers appeared in tactical gear, issuing an evacuation as they secured the ICU, and searched the hospital for somebody with a semi-automatic weapon," a male member of the medical staff stated. He was devastated, and received incoming calls from family members concerned for his life. It was nothing like the hospital had ever experienced in its 30-year history.
Chief James Hellmold, 46, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department briefed the media, and warned the public, "The hospital is not all incident clear yet," but, a secondary SWAT team was in the process of clearing the hospital, and ensuring public safety. No arrest has been made. There are approximately 700 outpatients scheduled to be at the hospital with 200 inpatients, and 500 to 700 staff members working today. Some of the medical staffers, and patients were appropriately escorted to the hospital's parking lot. Patients in intensive care units, operating rooms, or, on inpatient psychiatric wards remained with their primary care teams. No arrest has been made.
Shawn W. Anderson