Escaped Patient Returned to Upper Chesapeake: Harford Sheriff's Office

The Harford County Sheriff's Office was asked to help the hospital with a search.

The patient went from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center off MD Route 24 to Harvest Court, according to the sheriff's office.
The patient went from Upper Chesapeake Medical Center off MD Route 24 to Harvest Court, according to the sheriff's office.
Security at the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center requested assistance from police over the weekend after a psychiatric patient left the hospital, Eddie Hopkins, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said.

According to Hopkins, the patient was admitted for an emergency evaluation and believed to be suicidal. He was reported missing at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Hopkins said.

A helicopter was deployed for the search effort, and the man was found at 3 p.m. Saturday near Harvest Court and returned to the hospital, Hopkins said.
Melissa M April 14, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Well, Upper Chesapeake isn't exactly great at too many things so this doesn't surprise me....
RPB April 14, 2014 at 05:41 PM
By running away, it proves that the person wasn't suicidal or they would have stay!
Hazzard Native April 14, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Upper Chesapeake does not have a psychiatric unit, so I'm not sure the story is exactly right. it is possible that a patient was in the ER being evaluated, but I doubt that this person was actually admitted. Usually, if a person presents to UCMC with a psychiatric issue that warrants admission, they are sent to Harford Memorial, unless they are full, in which case another bed needs to be located at another facility. I find it hard to find fault with UCMC with what little info is given in the story and knowing that the information is not likely entirely correct.
RPB April 14, 2014 at 07:13 PM
My point was after the way my wife was treated at the hospital and was told we charged your insurance as much as we can. Force her out of the hospital @ 8pm @ night saying she only had COPD. One day or so later she had a blood clot go to her upper thigh. Had to be rush back to have a operation to save her leg. A doctor from University Hospital had her transfered to University. And to find out she should have had blood thinning medicine. Also she didn't have COPD, she had a heart disease that caused congestive heart failure and she passed away with no help from your UCMC or the (Old Fallston Hospital) which was a joke back then.


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