Enhanced Security At Beaver Dam Community Hospital Following Threat

(Beaver Dam) There is an increased police presence at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital as authorities investigate a threat. On Saturday, the hospital was placed on lockdown after receiving a phone call that indicated a potentially credible threat against the facility and its staff.

Hospital security officers and a Beaver Dam police officer have been stationed at unsecured entrances across the main campus. Beaver Dam police cars are positioned at the main front entrance and the Emergency Room entrance. The hospital has also reached out to an external security firm for additional support. Police Chief John Kreuziger says his office is working with hospital staff to determine the credibility of the threat. A suspect has not been identified.

Hospital President and CEO Kim Miller says she met personally Sunday with each staff member, physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife in both the hospital and Hillside Manor Nursing Home to explain the additional security measures. Miller says they are appreciative of the diligence and hard work of area law enforcement and hospital security in helping manage the threat and ensure that critical patient care continued without interruption. As part of its ongoing training and development efforts, hospital staff recently underwent active shooter training and additional training is scheduled in the future.

 

Press release from the Beaver Dam Community Hospital:

On Saturday night, Beaver Dam Community Hospital (BDCH) received a phone call that indicated a potential credible threat against our hospital and staff. Because the safety of our employees, patients, residents, children and medical staff members is of the utmost importance to us, we immediately placed the hospital on lockdown. We’re working closely with law enforcement officials, who are investigating the potential threat.

Internal BDCH security officers and a Beaver Dam Police Officer have been stationed at unsecured entrances across the main campus.  Beaver Dam police cars are positioned at the main front entrance and the emergency department entrance.  We have also reached out to an external security firm for additional support.

“To assure their safety, I personally met with each staff member, physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife in the hospital and our Hillside Manor Nursing Home on Sunday to explain our additional security measures,” said Kim Miller, BDCH President and CEO. “I commend them for their composure and their commitment to patient care and am grateful for their continued service to the community.

“We’re also appreciative of the diligence and hard work put in by area law enforcement and our internal security and facilities staff to help us manage this threat and ensure that critical patient care continued without interruption. I’m proud of the level of cooperation that has been exhibited by BDCH and the Beaver Dam Police Department.

As part of its ongoing staff training and development efforts, BDCH recently had team members undergo Active Shooter Training and additional training is scheduled in the future.