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Esequiel “Zeke” Cisneros, who worked at the psychiatric facility in Medical Lake for more than 30 years, became critically ill after contracting the novel coronavirus and was treated in a local intensive care unit, his family said in an obituary published Sunday.
A second Eastern State Hospital employee has tested positive for COVID-19 following an outbreak at Western State Hospital, fueling concerns among health care workers and prompting disability-rights advocates to call for the release or transfer of many psychiatric patients.
The staff member was tested last week. They are one of 21 people employed by or in the care of the state’s Department of Social and Health Services that has tested positive. Most cases have been found at Western State Hospital in Lakewood.
A man suspected of the 2017 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend in Spokane Valley will also face trial in April for allegedly strangling an Eastern State Hospital nurse while in custody in March.
The Spokane Police Department and Eastern State Hospital have partnered, allowing law enforcement officers to establish relationships with patients and teach a class about interacting with law enforcement prior to their discharge.
A five-year court battle over how psychiatric hospitals in Washington treat patients who have been ruled not guilty by reason of insanity came to an end Wednesday, when Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice dismissed the case after determining significant improvements agreed to in a 2016 settlement had been made
A woman accused of killing of her child’s grandmother was found competent to stand trial and pleaded not guilty Tuesday after completing a psychological evaluation at Eastern State Hospital.
House capital construction budget has nearly $112 million for projects in Spokane.
After twice finding the state of Washington in contempt for violating an order to provide timely competency services to mentally ill people held in jails, a federal judge has approved a settlement that is designed to ensure people get help before entering the criminal justice system.
A judge ordered a man investigators say killed his ex-girlfriend outside of her Spokane Valley home late last year to undergo a third round of competency restoration treatment at Eastern State Hospital after twice being found not competent to stand trial.
A woman charged with shooting two people on the lower South Hill late last year was recently ordered to undergo involuntary mental health treatment at Eastern State Hospital after a doctor determined she was unfit to stand trial.
State should move to a system of community-based mental health facilities for patients committed by the courts, Gov. Jay Inslee said.
The Titanic disaster was the spark that led a Russian lumberjack to shoot a Spokane Daily Chronicle editor dead in the newsroom on a Wednesday morning in late April 1912.
Doctors say a Ukrainian refugee who blamed demons and voices in his head for telling him to kill his wife is competent to stand trial.
A brain injury sent Ray Holman spiraling out of control with drugs and alcohol. Now, after three stays at Eastern State, he’s ready to help others like him.
Patients at Eastern State Hospital will go tobacco-free in November.
Attorneys for disability rights group to ask for tougher penalties against state over delays in mental health evaluations.
Spokane police early Friday arrested a man who escaped from Eastern State Hospital. Dustin P. Leeds, 39, was last seen at the mental hospital in Medical Lake about 8 p.m. Thursday. He was reported missing about 10 p.m., the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Call it unintended consequences or poor planning, but if the state Legislature doesn’t offer counties relief from witless penalties, mental health care services will suffer and nobody will benefit.
Charles A. Palmer was declared not guilty of murder. However, right after he thanked the jury foreman for a “true verdict,” Palmer was re-arrested for another murder.