Adventist Medical Center Calls Code Sliver Alert to Protect Patients and Staff

February 18, 2013

A patient in the Emergency Department at Adventist Medical Center told a staff member that he had possession of a gun and would use it on the employee. The incident occurred on Sunday at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the East Portland hospital. Hospital staff responded accordingly by initiating a code silver, indicating a combative person with a weapon was on the premise of the hospital. Hospital personnel immediately called 911 requesting police assistance.  Meanwhile, the suspect demanded that the employee lead him to the exit of the facility. Once the exit was visible, the suspect quickly departed the building alone.

On-site security observed the suspect outside the building, however still on the hospital campus. As is our policy, security officers were in communication with Portland Police during the active code. Once on the scene, Portland Police took the lead in responding to the situation.

We endeavor to care for the entire community with compassion and are saddened when outcomes result in loss of life.  We continue to cooperate with local authorities with whom the investigation resides.

About Adventist Medical Center (AMC) Adventist Medical Center (AMC) , located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. It is home to Adventist Health-Portland, which includes more than 30 primary care and specialty clinics in the metro area.

Adventist Health-Portland is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,700 includes more than 21,000 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,000 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 150 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit our website at for more information.

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