Akron General Medical Center officials have been meeting to review the hospital's security procedures since 66-year old John Wise of Massillon entered the hospital Saturday and calmly walked into the Intensive Care Unit where he shot his critically ill wife 65-year old Barbara Wise.
She has now been declared brain dead.
John Wise is now in police custody facing an initial charge of attempted aggravated murder. That charge is expected to change after the Summit County Medical Examiner completes an autopsy on Barbara Wise, either Tuesday of Wednesday.
Akron Police Captain Dan Zampelli says the Prosecutor will determine which charges Wise will face once the autopsy results are complete
Akron General spokesman Jim Gosky tells AkronNewsNow "We've had several meetings already with various departments throughout the organization, and leaders throughout the organization, and just bringing everyone back together, focusing on what happened Saturday night, and refocusing our efforts on safety and security."
Gosky says it's more difficult to tighten security at hospitals. "Our security forces are right up front when you walk in, but keep in mind too that there are multiple entrances to a facility like Akron General, as there are at any hospital. So people can walk in through a number of public entrances, and get where they want to go, like walking into a shopping mall or a theater," says Gosky.
Gosky says the hospital over the years has discussed utilizing metal detectors, but backed away from that idea when their use at other hospitals caused response and other problems.
Jim Gosky says the hospital staff did perform as trained when the shooting occurred . " We certainly have drills all the time and I will say that as a result of the practice and professionalism of our staff, because of that their reaction was simply amazing on Saturday night."