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Update: Stoughton Hospital resumes normal operations

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Stoughton Police say not one, not two, but more than 20 bomb threats were phoned in to Stoughton Hospital within a 24 hour period.

Hospital officials say that prompted the entire building to be evacuated at around 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

16 patients were taken to a nearby nursing home and two others to Madison hospitals, as scheduled transfers.

Hospital officials say the first threats started coming in around 8:00 p.m. last night. Police checked it out and found nothing suspicious.

Then, Sunday morning, the calls started up again, this time hospital officials say with a different tone.

"Today (Sunday), the call had more details...they had us look in more obscure locations, and because of the time it would take to do that, with patient safety being our first priority at all times, we thought an evacuation was safer," said Kristi Hund, Vice President of Patient Services.

After deemed safe by local law enforcement, the patients were brought back to the hospital at around 3:30 p.m.

Police say more than one person is responsible for making the threats, but aren't commenting on any leads.

Right now, Stoughton Hospital is in lock down mode, however, all patient services continue.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- 18 patients were evacuated at around noon Sunday following a bomb threat.

Authorities say there have been "numerous" threats made in the past 24 hours. The first came in at around 8:00 p.m. Saturday night. Stoughton Police and the Dane County Sheriff's Office searched the hospital and no bomb was found.

Sunday, more threats were phoned in and hospital officials decided to evacuate all patients to the Skaalen Sunset Home, in order to secure the entire building.

16 patients were taken to Skaalen and two to Madison hospitals.

Stoughton Hospital began moving patients back at around 3:30 p.m and resumed normal operations.

*DISCLAIMER: It is 27 News policy not to report bomb threats, due to the public attention often sought by the alleged threat-maker. However, due to the circumstances of this particular incident, and safety issues involved with evacuating a hospital, we feel it is necessary to share this information with our viewing audience.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Fire officials in Stoughton are holding a 4:30 p.m. news conference about the evacuation of Stoughton Hospital. No additional details are being released in the meantime.

27 News will be there and have the latest tonight at 5:30 and 10.

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STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- 27 News has confirmed Stoughton Hospital has been evacuated.

A paramedic told 27 News Photojournalist Drew Smith all patients have safely been moved out of the building and transported to other local care centers.

A police officer, answering phone calls for the hospital, says all appointments for the day are on hold.

Stoughton law enforcement is not commenting on the situation.

Watch 27 News at 5:30 and keep checking back here at wkowtv.com for continuing coverage on this developing story.

 

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