Forum Sheds Light on Violence Against Healthcare Workers

Cleveland, Ohio, UNITED STATES

CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Violence against healthcare workers was the topic of a forum coordinated by The Center for Health Affairs' Behavioral Health RoundTable on Friday, May 22 at Lutheran Medical Center. The event, entitled Mary Ann Jerse-O'Connor Community Forum: Healthcare Workers Protecting Each Other, featured 16 experts from the behavioral health and law communities and was named in honor of Mary Ann Jerse-O'Connor, a Cleveland native who was shot and killed during her residency by one of her patients.

Speakers covered a variety of topics including descriptions of real-life experiences of violence against healthcare workers, predictors of violence and models of community collaboration that have been successful. The event included two panel sessions, one on crimes in the healthcare environment and another on best practices.

"Unfortunately, violence against healthcare workers is a growing concern, both in Ohio and nationally," explained Pam Waite, director of healthcare workforce and NEONI operations at The Center. "Our care providers are knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate and serve people who are in many different circumstances; but increasingly, their own safety is at risk. We need to create a culture of safety within our organizations and among all caregivers, and send the message that violence will not be tolerated in any healthcare environment in order to protect the patient, family and staff."

Nearly 100 people attended the event, which also drew the attention of the press. Newsnet5's Chief Investigative Reporter Ron Regan covered the event and interviewed two of the speakers beforehand. WCPN journalist Sarah Jane Tribble will feature the topic as part of her Be Well series.

For more information about what can be done to minimize violence against healthcare workers or to be a part of this conversation in the future, contact Pam Waite at 216.255.3650 or via email.

With a rich history as the Northeast Ohio hospital association, dating back to 1916, The Center for Health Affairs serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. As the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, The Center aims to enhance the effectiveness of the healthcare community and the health of the communities it serves by providing expertise, resources and solutions to address the challenges faced by the region's healthcare providers. The Center's efforts focus on areas that benefit member hospitals from a regional approach, including healthcare workforce; emergency preparedness; public policy and advocacy; finance and reimbursement; and community initiatives. And because of its business affiliation with CHAMPS Healthcare, The Center has the resources to provide a broad level of professional services to its members. The Center, located in downtown Cleveland, is proud to advocate on behalf of 34 acute-care hospitals and two long-term acute-care hospitals in six counties. The Center for Health Affairs is honored to be named as one of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Top Workplaces in 2014 and to ERC's Northcoast99 List in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2014. For more, visit


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