Suicidal Patient Escapes From Elmhurst Hospital, Found Inside House

The woman was committed to Elmhurst Hospital again after she was found, police said.

A suicidal patient escaped from Elmhurst Hospital and ran through backyards before she was found in a house and returned to the facility, police said.

The woman got out of the hospital about 4:30 p.m. Friday, police said.

"A call went out for a patient who walked away from Elmhurst Hospital and threatened to kill herself," police said.

Officers reportedly were told the woman was "last seen wearing blue/green hospital gown and socks and running (north) through the backyards," police said.

At some point, a man reportedly alerted police that the woman was in his house.

"She was returned to the hospital as she was there on an involuntary committal," police said.

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Becki Benson March 19, 2014 at 08:22 AM
I have worked in healthcare for my entire adult career. This happens. Everywhere. Regardless of top notch security and even a police presence. The hospital is not a mental health facility with a secure unit.
Daniel March 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Dave, My point was to express the detrimental effects of the Hospital on the Yorkfield and south Elmhurst neighborhoods. During the public hearings and board meetings prior to the hospitals approval, all we heard from EMH was how they wanted to be a good neighbor and would do all they could to minimize the negative effects of the new hospital. Traffic on Harvard and noise in general were the main issues, along with property values. Neighbors were told all along that traffic on Harvard would be minimal - a few doctors, a few ambulances, and 20 to 24 delivery vehicles (mostly UPS size with occasional semi tractor trailers) on a daily basis. Harvard now has over 1,000 vehicle trips per day. EMH now says that the city of Elmhurst controls the streets and they had no idea that Harvard would be open to all traffic. EMH conveniently omits that EMH and the City worked in conjunction on the pre-construction traffic studies and knew full well what was in store for Harvard while they continued to tell the Neighbors a different story. Additionally, there had to be at least 12 semi trucks and 75 other deliveries daily to the hospital. I could go on and on about the mis-representations by EMH about the Energy Center, the berms and landscaping, or their intentions regarding to relocation of the outpatient behavioral facility, but the bottom line is simply that EMH is a terrible neighbor. P.S. I don't relish pointing out where you live but it was relevant to my point regarding perspective. And you have know that those of us who are willing to use our real names on posts are open to anyone doing a search.
Pat March 20, 2014 at 09:43 AM
When building the new hospital, a psych ward was not in the plans. The old hospital on Berteau had a locked area called 4 East. Now mentally ill patients, those who could harm themselves or others, either have to be admitted at Good Sam, Alexian Bros, or MacNeal. Why this important mental health unit was not included in the plans for the new hospital, I don't know. Someone goofed!
Daniel March 20, 2014 at 06:56 PM
Like I said: Wonderful. What a great addition Elmhurst Hospital has proven to be to the residents of Yorkfield and south Elmhurst.
Karen April 05, 2014 at 08:20 AM
Daniel, I'm sure there would be no complaints if you needed medical help in an emergency. Have you ever been hospitalized at Elmhurst? Use any of their lab or testing facilities? Have any doctors located in their buildings? I'm sure the convenience of their location made these tasks less cumbersome. If not, there may come a time.....Elmhurst is a wonderful facility and they will always have my appreciation for saving my Dad's life.


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