Western State patient dies after hanging self

Staff writerJanuary 30, 2014 

A patient died Sunday night after he hanged himself at Western State Hospital, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday.

The incident happened at the psychiatric hospital, and the 44-year-old man later died at St. Clare Hospital, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Western State CEO Ron Adler said the hospital is investigating the death, per procedure.

“In this case, we did have a death, and it was a completed suicide,” Adler said. “We are in the process of forming a team that will look at this.”

Adler declined to provide further details about the circumstances of the death.

He said, while the hospital does not have many suicides, that it is the “number one patient safety risk factor” at Western and other mental health hospitals.

The News Tribune does not generally name victims of suicide.


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