DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 9, 2022) — A disturbance involving a firearm took place at our GMC-Davenport West Campus Emergency Department lobby early this morning. While this incident occurred inside our Emergency Department lobby, this unfortunately could have happened anywhere in our community, as we live in a time where violence is all too common.
Our Genesis security staff, health care professionals, and Davenport police heroes swiftly took actions to protect those in the vicinity of the Emergency Department lobby. Genesis Security contacted Davenport police; staff escorted a couple of patients in the waiting area inside the Emergency Department; and the Emergency Department went on lock-down as part of established protocols to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We are grateful to our Genesis security staff and Davenport Police Department's quick response and are working closely with police as they conduct their investigation.
Safety and security are top priorities for Genesis. We proactively review and hold safety exercises and training for all Genesis employees. A thorough review is taking place to ensure best practices in our safety protocols, which continue to be in place for all Genesis facilities. Genesis is also evaluating appropriate actions to further increase safety measures in our Emergency Department lobbies. We are offering counseling support for employees and patients who may have been impacted.
This is an ongoing Davenport police investigation and we are cooperating with police.