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Asante Three Rivers calls 'Code Silver' after threats to patient

Asante Three Rivers Medical Center went on lockdown Tuesday morning, initiating the Code Silver.

Posted: Jul 20, 2021 12:29 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Asante Three Rivers Medical Center went on lockdown Tuesday morning, initiating a "Code Silver," after several threats to a patient, according to hospital administrators.

Asante said that a Code Silver means there is a threat, attempt, or active use of a weapon to cause harm.

Three Rivers called the Code Silver at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday after a man called the hospital's Emergency Department three times, threatening to harm a patient.

The medical center immediately went on lockdown, not allowing anyone entrance into the facility except for people in need of urgent medical care.

Asante said that the patient that had been targeted in the threats was treated and moved to a secure location by law enforcement officers. Additional security was called in to monitor the hospital entrances and external campus for the person who made the threats, a man who has since been identified. His photo and the description of a possible vehicle has been distributed among staff.

While the Code Silver was lifted at 10:20 a.m., the Three Rivers Emergency Department remained on lockdown after noon, meaning that only patients seeking urgent medical care will be admitted. The building is restricted to one entrance.

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