ER wait times to blame for hospital threats

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Threats made in a Grand Junction hospital land one man in jail…emergency room wait times account for his sudden outburst.

Eddie James Ellis was arrested after allegedly threatening staff at St. Mary's and then leaving to Community Hospital to seek medical attention for his son.

He faces charges of obstruction to emergency medical services, harassment, and prohibited use of a firearm when apprehended by law enforcement outside the entrance of the community hospital ER.

Staff at both hospitals are trained and ready to handle non-medical emergencies and take threats very seriously.

“If something happens such as in the case of someone making threats to our staff here at the hospital, we can take appropriate measures to lock down the facility if necessary,” says Karen Martsolf of Community Hospital.

There are special coding procedures that Community Hospital employees follow to keep everyone on hospital grounds safe.

In addition, they work hand-in-hand with the Grand Junction Police Department if additional aid is needed when dealing with those who put patients or staff at risk.

We'll keep you updated on Ellis' case as more information becomes available.

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