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A message from UPMC regarding the tragic events of March 8, 2012

In a tragic shooting on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, two people were killed, including one employee, and seven people were injured. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and victims of this tragic incident.

Following are comments about the event from Jeffrey Romoff, UPMC President and CEO; Claudia Roth, PhD, president and chief executive officer of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital; and Elizabeth Concordia, Executive Vice President, UPMC, and President, Hospital and Community Services.

Jeffrey Romoff, UPMC President and CEO

“We are all deeply saddened by the tragic events yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and their families.

Though this senseless violence struck our UPMC family at its core, it vividly demonstrated yet again the consummate professionalism, compassion, skill, and dedication that are the hallmarks of what we do each day for everyone who suffers similar tragedies and illnesses.

We are extraordinarily proud of our employees and are deeply grateful for their commitment to our patients and families.”

Claudia Roth, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague and friend yesterday. It was clear that he was truly a leader among our staff, and he was beloved by the geriatric patients whom he cared for every day. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time. This senseless act of violence has had a profound impact on all of us who knew and admired him. He will be greatly missed.”

UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is offering on-site resources and tools to support staff, patients, and families during this challenging time.

Counseling and crisis resources are available for individuals who may want to discuss feelings and thoughts related to the incident. Contact resolve Crisis Network at 1-888-7-YOU CAN (1-888-796-8226).

Note: As a health care organization, personal health information is protected and not shared, including those who may have been involved in a violent crime.