D.C. hospitals boost security to prep for pope's visit

Hospitals in the District of Columbia are on high alert this week, planning to put their emergency preparedness plans into action and notifying staff and patients in advance that Pope Francis' visit will cause massive crowds, road closures and will limit parking, the Washington Business Journal reports. The pope's itinerary includes visits a half mile away from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Children's National Health System and the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Hospital, and the hospitals plan to increase security because of it, according to the article. Public transportation won't be available for many patients and staff because the nearest stop is more than a mile away and hospital shuttle service won't be allowed. Staff, visitors and patients must show identification before entering parking lots, which will likely cause backups and delays, WBJ reports. Article