When a auto crashed through the emergency room entrance of Middlesex Hospital in Middletown Thursday, putting patients in danger, officials looked for help from Hartford HealthCare's recently opened care logistics center.
Jim Hite, Director of Protective Services and Security, says that without the quick response by staff and first responders, this could have been much worse.
A auto slammed into Middlesex Hospital in Middletown and caught fire on Thursday morning. Multiple jars of gas were found inside the man's auto, which was being sought by police. Ellam was sent to Bridgeport Hospital with burn injuries and is in critical condition.
Police cordoned off Ellam's residence in Middletown as part of the investigation and homes in that area were evacuated.
The hospital announced that as of 4 p.m., Friday, they would once again be providing emergency care, but only to walk-in patients.
Chief McKenna said Ellam had a lengthy criminal record and has been known to police since he was 14-years-old.
However, he did say he doesn't believe there is an active threat to the community, and that authorities believe it is an isolated incident. However, he says that police are securing other public facilities in Middletown, including schools, out of an abundance of caution.
The fire department was called to the scene to put out the flames, WTNH reported. Our Marlborough facility and our Westbrook facility are still open for business.
"I was supposed to start my volunteering shift in the emergency room about 30 minutes after the incident", Solomon said. "I found the volunteer coordinator and asked what was going on and she said that a auto had driven into the emergency room entrance and she just sent me home [because of the threat]". "I rode my bike down to the hospital and it was surrounded by police and fire department officials...."
Solomon does not know when he will be allowed to return, as the hospital has not announced how long their safety measures will be in place.
This is a developing story.