CHARLOTTE – Atrium Health has come up with a new plan to try to reduce the number of patients entering the hospital system due to gun violence.
The medical director of trauma services for Atrium Health, Dr. David Jacobs, launches a “Violence Intervention Program” at Atrium Health CMC Main, Charlotte’s Level I trauma center.
“We did a study at Atrium Health Carolina’s Medical Center that showed that if you’re a victim of hospitalized violence, that you have one in four chances of becoming a victim again,” he said. Jacobs.
Jacobs said the new program will assess patients suffering from gun violence, and find the resources they need to meet their needs and ensure they can no longer return to the hospital.
The risk factors they look for could be drug abuse, gang involvement, and even living in specific neighborhoods where violence is likely to occur. Once the risk factors have been identified, they will find the appropriate resources to help.
“That can be mental health support; that could be housing support; that could be job training; that could be substance abuse, counseling, any number of things that we know can contribute to your becoming a victim of violence, ”Jacobs said.
Jacobs said similar programs across the country have seen a reduction in violent activity.
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