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Man jumps to death from Lumberton hospital window

Posted June 8, 2010 11:31 a.m. EDT

— A patient at Southeastern Regional Medical Center committed suicide Saturday by jumping from a seventh-floor window, officials said Tuesday.

The unidentified patient forced a window open enough to squeeze through and was able to thwart the attempts of a hospital staff member to pull him back into the room, officials said.

Southeastern Regional is conducting an internal investigation into the incident, officials said.

"Every safety precaution was taken to prevent such an occurrence. Southeastern’s facilities meet all codes as mandated by state and federal guidelines," the hospital said in a statement.