POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. – Pleasant Valley Hospital was placed on lockdown after an unidentified individual alerted the hospital to a possible threat via a phone call.
Rex Troy, corporate safety and security officer, said the phone call came into the hospital around 2:40 p.m. on Sunday. Existing protocol was followed and Mason County 911 was called with dispatchers alerting law enforcement and first responders. At the scene were officers with the Point Pleasant Police Department, troopers from the West Virginia State Police, deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department and firefighters with the Point Pleasant Fire Department, Troy said.
“Employees did exactly what they were supposed to do,” Troy said.
In addition to notifying authorities, as well as personnel at Holzer Hospital, PVH went into lockdown mode, which means all the doors were locked and anyone wishing to enter the hospital had to so do through the emergency room only. Those inside the hospital were permitted to leave if they desired.
After a search of the hospital, including a search by troopers with the WVSP who deal with bomb detection, Troy said it was determined the threat was not credible and officers dispersed around 6 p.m. Though officers were dispersed, the lockdown was to continue until 5:30 a.m. Monday morning. Troy explained PVH normally locks the lobby doors at 8 p.m. each night and it made sense to continue the lockdown until Monday morning.
Troy added, the hospital does have a plan in place for these types of situations and had a drill last December which dealt with this particular scenario.
“Everyone in the hospital did their job,” Troy said. “We pray it (the real thing) never happens.”
The Point Pleasant Police Department is leading the investigation into the incident, according to Troy.
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