Ephrata man facing charges after assaulting hospital staff while receiving treatment in emergency room

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EPHRATA, LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.– Police have charged an Ephrata man for assaulting hospital staff while being treated as a patient.

James Heist, 42, is facing three counts of aggravated assault for his role in the incident.

On June 11 at approximately 12:25 a.m., Heist, while a patient at Wellspan-Ephrata Community Hospital Emergency room, became combative and assaulted three members of hospital staff, including a doctor and a nurse.

All three people received treatment for non-life threatening injuries, and at the completion of his treatment, Heist was arrested and transported to Lancaster County Central Arraignment.