Spokesman Paul Wood told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( http://bit.ly/Osc9ep) the goal of the as-yet unspecified plan is "to ensure the safety of our patients and employees." The possibility of a police department is part of a "thorough review of all security measures" at UPMC's facilities, including the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, he said.
That's where John Shick, 30, opened fire on employees as he roamed through the front lobby and hallways on March 8. Investigators believe Shick was mentally disturbed and harbored illusions that UPMC doctors had misdiagnosed various ailments from which he wrongly believed he suffered.
University of Pittsburgh campus police responded and fatally shot Shick. Although the clinic is affiliated with UPMC and not the university, campus police responded in that instance because the clinic is physically located on the campus. But most other facilities in UPMC's 19-hospital system, which blankets much of western Pennsylvania, are not.
Those facilities include Magee-Womens Hospital, located several blocks away from the campus, where a woman allegedly posed as a nurse before abducting a newborn that she attempted to pass off as her own before she was arrested hours later.
The security review, and the decision on whether to create a police department, are being headed by Robert Cindrich, a former federal judge and senior adviser to UPMC president Jeffrey Romoff.
"I foresee some very meaningful improvements," said Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr., who pushed UPMC to beef up security since the clinic shooting.
Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com