Canton-Potsdam Hospital open but on alert after telephone threat; all doors locked except main entrance, ER
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 11:48 am

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM – Hospital personnel and police were put on alert and access to hospital buildings was restricted after a threatening telephone call was received at Canton-Potsdam Hospital Monday night.

“We are on ‘access-control’ status,” said hospital spokeswoman Rebecca Faber, who explained that all doors but the main entrance and the emergency triage entrance were locked and would only be opened for police authorities and personnel with PINs.

“A telephone call of a threatening nature was received at midnight, and the switchboard operator dealt with it appropriately,” notifying senior hospital administration, Faber said.

It was determined that “no immediate threat” existed, she said.

“We continue to work with the state police” on the investigation into the threat.

“We take threats of this nature very seriously,” but the exact nature of the threat was not revealed, and that was in accordance with hospital procedure, Faber said.