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Health Workers In Downey Taught How To Respond To Hypothetical Hospital Shooting

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DOWNEY (CBSLA.com) — One hundred fifty health care workers gathered at a rehabilitation center in Downey Wednesday for a class on what to do if a shooter were to invade a hospital.

The training course at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center included joint participation from practitioners and Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters, City News Service reports.

A Sheriff’s deputy said the class was held to teach health care workers how to respond in such an emergency — training that until recently had been focused on school shootings and similar incidents involving businesses and corporations.

“Rarely has there been an active shooter course that is detailed to health care settings,” the spokesperson noted.

Rancho ranked in the top 10 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. on the overall hospital rating, according to a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services survey of patients about their hospital experiences.

The data was collected from discharge dates ranging from April 1, 2011, to December 31, 2011, according to the Rancho website.

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