A day after an employee was shot in the emergency department, the Regional Medical Center has added internal armed security officers.
The enhanced measures could be just the beginning of security improvements at the hospital.
"We are literally looking at every entry and exit point and looking at some of our other systems in place," RMC Vice President of Strategy and Marketing Carol Y. Koenecke-Grant said. "We have it (security) as our top priority. That is our total focus right now: the safety and security of our patients and their families."
In the short term, Koenecke-Grant said the hospital also had an armed Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office deputy on campus for the initial 24-hour period following the shooting.
"We were working with the security company (Allied Universal) before any of this happened about getting armed officers in the emergency department," Koenecke-Grant said. "We have firmed up and signed that contract."
The armed security will be stationed in the hospital's emergency department and other locations on campus. Armed security will also be at the Bamberg-Barnwell County Emergency Department.
In the long-term, Koenecke-Grant said Allied Universal will do a complete security assessment of the entire hospital system including its clinics and other facilities. It will inform the hospital on what to do with security going forward.
She noted the use of metal detectors has not been taken off the table.
"We have talked about it," she said. "We will look at what their recommendations are."
Abrian Dayquan Sabb, 23, of Casa Court, Orangeburg, is facing charges of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime related to Wednesday morning's shooting incident at the hospital.
Sabb allegedly came into the hospital around 8:45 a.m. and fired multiple shots, striking a hospital employee in the abdomen. The employee is in critical condition.
Within moments, RMC security took Sabb into custody. Sabb surrendered to authorities without incident.
The hospital issued a “Code Silver,” indicating there was an active shooter and then locked down the facility.
Sheriff's deputies conducted a room-to-room search at the hospital.
Another shooting incident occurred early Thursday at a Laurens County hospital where a police officer was shot while confronting a man who was reportedly armed. The suspect was also injured.