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Gov. Inslee calls bolstered hospital security measures 'good first steps'

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -

In a statement released Saturday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee called the capture of escaped Western State Hospital patients Anthony Garver and Mark Adams welcome news.

The governor thanked all the law enforcement agencies involved in the captures but said the escape raises serious questions about Western State Hospital.

"This incident put the public at risk, the staff at risk and the patients at risk. Legislators and I have been working together to provide much-needed resources and staffing to bolster the hospital's abilities to treat patients in a safe and timely manner. But this raises serious questions once again about the management and operation of this troubled hospital."

DSHS reports Saturday that they are working with law enforcement to increase security at the hospital. Inslee called those efforts a good start, but says there's still work to do.

"I expect Western's management and DSHS to work swiftly to determine how this happened and what needs to be done so it doesn't happen again. DSHS leadership’s decisions to temporarily revoke all off-site privileges and to deploy additional security are good first steps. But much work remains and I expect swift action.”

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