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.

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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.

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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.

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Northwell Health system has 23 hospitals across the area.