Staff Safety. Dr Michael Davidson.

by Janie Harvey Garner, RN

Do you remember him? He was a physician at the prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. A deceased patient’s son shot him to death.

Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, center left, walks through a revolving door as he departs the Shapiro building at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 in Boston. A person was critically shot at the hospital Tuesday and a suspect was in custody, Boston police said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, center left, walks through a revolving door as he departs the Shapiro building at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 in Boston. A person was critically shot at the hospital Tuesday and a suspect was in custody, Boston police said. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Today, the staff celebrated his life. It’s too bad they weren’t celebrating the great care he was still giving to patients. 🙁

Dr Davidson was the father of four girls, who will never have their dad again, because some complete psychopath thought it was ok to shoot their healthcare provider because they didn’t get the outcome they hoped for.

Dr Davidson was the same age as me.

Here’s a quote about him from a colleague:

I can’t begin to tell you what a shocking tragedy this is. Michael was 44 years old, a rising star in cardiac surgery. One of his focuses was patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) so he worked very closely with us medical cardiologists. He was known for his love and devotion to patients. He was also known outside of the work he did in TAVR, for tackling the toughest cases, the types of surgeries that other cardiac surgeons would decline because the odds were against the patient.

So, he was a patient advocate, talented, brilliant, and murdered.

Do you think this couldn’t happen to you?

Your hospital might be one of the facilities who forbids you to call the police when you are assaulted.

Do they think that is helpful?

Patients already often think they can do anything to us.

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Ask your hospital what their long term plans are to keep you safe. You might be completely unsurprised by the answer.

They don’t have any plans.

You know when I started feeling safe? When I went to work for the VA. Because they have an armed police force on site. They do not put up with nonsense.

But that would be expen$ive.

Love,
Janie

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