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Today is Hospitals Against Violence Hope (#HAVhope) Friday

June 08, 2018

Today is the second annual Hospitals Against Violence Hope (#HAVhope) Friday, a national designation to increase awareness about violence and focus on ending it, in communities, workplaces, and at home.

A 2017 report commissioned by the American Hospital Association, “Cost of community violence to hospitals and health systems,” attempted to quantify the resources that hospitals and health systems put toward preparing for violent events, and caring for the victims of violence. Overall, the cost to the U.S. health care system was estimated at approximately $2.7 billion during 2016. This included:

  • $280 million for preparedness for community violence and prevention efforts
  • $852 million in unreimbursed medical care for victims of violence
  • $1.1 billion in prevention of in-hospital violence (security and training costs)
  • $429 million in care, staffing, insurance, and other costs that resulted from incidents of violence against hospital employees

Hospitals are encouraged to share photos of your organization and/or anti-violence programs on social media using the hashtag #HAVhope, and sign up your organization as an ongoing supporter of the united effort to stand together against violence.

More information about #HAVhope Day and this important initiative is available at the AHA’s website.

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