New Hampshire Medical Society’s Statement
New Hampshire Medical Society’s Statement on the Shooting at New Hampshire Hospital and NHMS’ Support of our Medical Community
Dr. Maria Boylan, president of the New Hampshire Medical Society, released the following statement following yesterday’s tragic shooting at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord:
We are horrified and heartbroken by the news of the shooting that took place at New Hampshire Hospital yesterday afternoon.
As physicians, every day, our work is centered around the safety and well-being of our patients, especially when they are under our care in our state’s hospitals. The unimaginable trauma and grief experienced in the wake of this tragedy by the physicians, staff and patients of New Hampshire Hospital, as well as the medical community at large, is not lost on us and the Society stands in solidarity with the medical community during this devastating time.
We are grateful to our federal, state, and local law enforcement and first responders whose rapid response to yesterday’s active shooter event undoubtedly saved lives. We send our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Bradley Haas, a retired Army veteran and former Franklin, NH police chief who worked to protect New Hampshire Hospital as their security officer and died in the line of duty yesterday.
As president, ensuring that our fellow physicians are aware of the mental health resources and community supports available is my top priority. The New Hampshire Medical Society stands ready to support our members and the medical community at large following this tragedy.
In response to the aftermath of yesterday’s shooting, the NH Department of Health and Human Services established a call center for family members of New Hampshire Hospital patients and staff looking for information about their loved ones. The phone number is (603) 271-3004. The call center will remain open until further notice.
If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis, please call or text ‘988’, or chat online at 988lifeline.org for resources and support.
For any questions about additional resources and support throughout our communities, please do not hesitate to contact the NHMS office at (603) 224-1909. For questions or further information regarding President Boylan’s statement, please contact our Director of Advocacy and Media Relations, Ava Hawkes, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-406-5270.