NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Local hospitals are stepping up security measures.
Northwell Health is launching a program to place armed security guards in all of its hospitals.READ MORE: New Jersey's Own Athing Mu And Sydney McLaughlin Set Olympic Records
The move comes after the deadly shooting at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in 2017.
Earlier this month, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens became the first in the city to adopt the program.READ MORE: Broadway Returns After Nearly 17-Month Shutdown With 1st Performances Of 'Passover'
North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset has had the program in place since March.
Northwell Health says all of the armed guards will be specially trained and former police officers.MORE NEWS: Long Island Bus Driver Charged With DWI, Leaving Scene Of 2 Accidents
Northwell Health system has 23 hospitals across the area.