DSHS issues statement on escape from Western State Hospital

Release Date: 
May 15 2016
DSHS Office of Communications
Kathy Spears
(360) 485-8233

OLYMPIA -- Staff at Western State Hospital are attempting to fully understand the details of an incident on Monday, May 16 that led to a patient escaping Western State Hospital for a brief time; however, what early information we have is that a group of patients was being escorted from a ward treatment mall to a fenced outside activity area when one of the patients left the group through what is believed was an unlocked door.

"I thank Lakewood Police Department and the hospital's fast-acting security staff for quick attention in locating and returning the patient to the hospital," said Cheryl Strange, WSH Chief Executive Officer. "As is the case for all escapes and unauthorized leaves from the hospital, we are in the process of collecting accurate information and will fully debrief this incident once we gather all the details."


DSHS does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.