UPDATE – A statement has been released regarding the incident between a security guard and a protester in front of Arnot Ogdan Hospital this afternoon.
An investigation has been initiated regarding the unfortunate incident captured in the video. The officer involved in this confrontation has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation. Arnot Health respects all individuals’ rights to express their views in a manner that does not disrupt our ability to provide safe and effective care to our patients. We will continue to investigate this incident and will take the appropriate action to ensure a fair and just outcome, in accordance with applicable personnel policies and procedures and our commitment to demonstrating respect for all individuals.Kenneth Roberts, Systems Director of Marketing, Communications and Community Relations, Arnot Ogden Hospital
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – There was a reported incident of an alleged assault outside Arnot Ogden Hospital in Elmira Thursday afternoon.
According to videos posted on Facebook, James Sweeney appeared to be on the sidewalk at the intersection of Grove Street and Roe Avenue with a sign urging nursing staff to call off on September 7 in protest of the New York State Healthcare worker vaccine mandate.
In the video, a security guard approaches Sweeney and begins to move his belongings to the other side of the road, despite Sweeney’s verbal protests. It appears the guard then hits the phone out of Sweeney’s hand.
At the end of the video, Sweeney claims, “you just broke my phone!” after it appears the guard once again knocks the phone out of his hands.
18 News has contacted Arnot for a statement and is awaiting a response.