New security measures began at Western Psychiatric Institute on Wednesday after a deadly shooting at the hospital in March.
Channel 11's Brittny McGraw reported that metal detectors were placed at the main door along O’Hara Street.
The doors will also be manned by armed police officers from the University of Pittsburgh, and visitors will be required to get a visitor's pass and security officers will use a wand to screen people on the fifth floor.
Zach Zobrist, executive vice president of SEIU Healthcare, the union that represents many of the workers at Western Pysch, is in favor of the changes but said more are needed.
“We think these changes are a good start, but a lot more needs to be done as well,” Zobrist said. “We still think there are serious concerns about patient violence towards visitors and staff, especially healthcare staff, that won’t be addressed by a metal detector.”
Police said the gunman shot and killed Michael Schaab, 25, and injured seven others when he opened fire in the lobby.
The gunman, identified as 30-year-old John Shick, was shot and killed by a University of Pittsburgh police officer during the shooting rampage.
McGraw reported that Western Psych officials have not decided if the new security measures will be permanent.