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Pioneer Hospital in Lockdown


Pioneer Memorial hospital in Prineville is in lockdown today, Thursday. The facility was secured around 10:30 this morning. Here's Lisa Goodman a spokesperson with St Charles Health Systems with details:

 

"A patient called our bend facility last night and made threatening comments shortly after being seen in the emergency dept. we followed up with him this morning with a call during which he indicated he may go to pioneer memorial hosp (in prineville) today to seek care - based on the tenor of that conversation we decided to secure our facility for the safety of our patients and caregivers."

 

Bend and Prineville police are both working on the case.  Goodman says lockdowns are pretty rare, they typically only have a lockdown in their system about once or twice a year.

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Here is the news release from St. Charles...

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 16, 2013

 

Pioneer Memorial Hospital on lockdown due to security threat

 

Prineville, Ore. — Pioneer Memorial Hospital is on lockdown due to a security threat.  Patients with non-life threatening medical issues are being asked to stay away from the hospital until further notice.

 

Those who need to be seen for a medical emergency are still able to access the Emergency Department.

 

The health system will update this information regularly throughout the day.

 

About St. Charles Health System

St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates St. Charles Bend, Madras and Redmond, and leases and operates Pioneer Memorial Hospital. It also owns family care clinics in Bend, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 3,000. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with the health system to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities


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