Hospital staff concerned about security threat

Posted at 10:21 PM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 11:26:44-05

Employees at Banner Health Medical Center are concerned about safety after they say there have been several staff meetings about procedures to follow if they're attacked.

"A lot of us don't want to come to work," said an employee at Banner Health.

The employee tells ABC15, there have been reports of a man coming into the hospital asking questions about the infrastructure and security. She says this has happened at other Valley hospitals and she was told the man was of Middle Eastern decent.

"When someone comes in asking what the building is made out of and asks questions about the layout, it makes us nervous.”

Law enforcement considers hospitals soft targets when it comes to a possible attack.

"There are a lot of ways to go in and out. Units are not locked and you can go a full shift without seeing security."

That is the very reason why employees say they will remain vigilant.

Banner Hospital released the following statement concerning the suspicious man asking staff security questions: 

"We will continue (to investigate) even when suspicions brought to the attention of law enforcement are positively resolved."