The Hubbard woman stabbed in the neck Sunday while working as a greeter in The Sharon (Pa.) Regional Health Systems emergency room remained in critical condition Monday in the trauma unit at a Pittsburgh area hospital.
Hospital officials said Linda Clark underwent emergency surgery after she was stabbed Sunday afternoon. She was transported by helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital around 8:15 p.m. Sunday.
Sharon police arrested Justin Michael Delfratte, 30, of Sharpsville, Pa. He is facing an attempted criminal homicide charge.
Reports state Delfratte attacked Clark Sunday afternoon after he was refused narcotic pain medication after being discharged.
Delfratte was apprehended immediately without incident by the security staff at Sharon Regional and was taken to the Mercer County Jail.
"The entire Sharon Regional family continues to pray for a complete recovery for Ms. Clark as well as pray for the Clark family as they deal with this senseless tragedy," John R. Janoso Jr., president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. "Our focus remains on providing the very highest quality of care for our patients while assuming all of our Health System locations have the appropriate security measures in place to insure the safety of our patients and staff."
Increased security measures were implemented across Sharon Regional Health System - including its main campus in Sharon, as well as its satellite facilities in Brookfield and Hubbard on the Ohio side of the line, and in Hermitage, Mercer and Neshannock in Pennsylvania.
Officials said they initially increased security Sunday night after the stabbing. However, in a news release issued Monday, they stated that "following a meeting on Monday on security protocol, additional security measures were adopted across all hospital campuses."
They explained that although this was an isolated incident, the facility opted to "implement a number of increased security measures as an added precaution to ensure the safety of its employees, patients and visitors."
These measures include an increase in the physical presence of security staff, additional use of electronic surveillance and screening techniques, and the implementation of increased security procedures and protocols.
Officials said these options will be evaluated "both on a short-term and long-term basis related to its overall security plan for the health system."