Violence intervention program to expand to three Philadelphia hospitals

"Healing Hurt People," an initiative to aid emergency department patients who are victims of violence, will expand to three Philadelphia hospitals over the next two years, NBC Philadelphia reports. The hospital-based violence intervention program, which began in 2007 at Hahnemann Hospital, will be the first of its size implemented by a major city. Einstein Medical Center, Temple University and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania will each receive city funds to staff the program, according to the article. As many as 45 percent of stabbing or shooting victims are likely to be similarly victimized in the next five years, and the program uses behavioral health interventions and case management services to help victims begin the healing process rather than seek retaliation. Article

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