HUDSON — An investigation is underway to determine how a psychiatric patient managed to jump out of a fifth floor window at Columbia Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, according to Hudson police.
The man opened up the window in the Department of Psychiatry at 71 Prospect Ave. at about 4:30 p.m. and told staff he was going to jump, according to police.
The man ripped the screen on the window as he fell 30 feet onto the first floor roof, Hudson Police Lt. David Miller said.
No charges are pending against the man, who was not identified by police.
The Hudson Fire Department brought its ladder truck to the hospital to help get the man down, but he had already jumped.
The man had no obvious injuries and was able to walk to a nearby stretcher, Miller said.
“He complained of pain in his feet,” Miller said. “He was taken back inside the hospital for treatment.”
The 22-bed inpatient psychiatric unit is staffed 24 hours per day, according to the hospital’s website.
“In my 18 years here, I don’t recall anyone jumping out the window of the fifth floor,” Miller said.
State police, the Hudson Fire Department, Greenport Rescue Squad, and security at Columbia Memorial Hospital responded to the incident.
“The individual is in the emergency department, is awake and alert and is in stable condition,” said William Van Slyke, vice president of patient experience and external affairs at Columbia Memorial Health.
The hospital is determining how the patient was able to open and jump out the window. There are mechanical devices to prevent the windows from opening, he said.
“We will make an evaluation of that,” Van Slyke said. “The unit is equipped with redundant safety systems on the windows.”
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