SCHENECTADY – A patient in Ellis Hospital damaged $30,000 in hospital property and equipment this past weekend and now faces a felony, authorities said.
Stephen Moss, 30, of Troy, was arrested after the Saturday afternoon incident and charged with one count of second-degree criminal mischief, a felony, according to a police filing in court.
Moss was a patient in the Ellis Hospital when he became agitated and damaged several items, including a sliding glass door and hospital computer equipment, authorities said. The total value of items damaged is $30,000, according to police allegations.
No injuries were reported.
Moss was charged and then issued an appearance ticket to appear in court later.
In a statement Wednesday, Ellis Hospital confirmed the Saturday incident with a patient in a unit at the hospital commended hospital employees for their professionalism.
“The care team involved in the events of April 11, as well as the Ellis Safety & Security team, performed admirably in an extremely difficult situation. We thank them for their extraordinary service, especially considering the additional demands that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to their jobs,” the statement read in part.
The hospital intends to continue to work with law enforcement on the investigation and “continue to take appropriate measures to protect everyone who comes to our facilities.”
“The health and wellbeing of both our patients and staff is of utmost importance to Ellis Medicine, and we do all we can to ensure their safety at all times,” the hospital’s statement read.
The incident comes less than two months after an incident at Ellis where a patient was accused of stabbing two registered nurses and a student with medical scissors. One nurse suffered wounds to her left ear, the other suffered wounds to her upper back and neck. The student nurse suffered a wound to her neck, according to police.
That incident, which happened prior to the current COVID-19 crisis, led to calls through the New York State Nurse’s Association for Ellis to improve safety through staffing and security.