Aug 14, 2016 11:59 AM

Woman released from NHH just hours before she jumped to her death

NASHUA - The woman who jumped from a third-floor window to hear death in downtown Nashua in July had been discharged from New Hampshire Hospital only a few hours before her death.

The New Hampshire Union Leader has interviewed a senior employee in administration, who told the news organization,""That was just devastating to our hospital, to have someone come in who had been here multiple times in the last several months, with a specific plan for suicide, to literally walk out the door and follow through with that plan within two hours of discharge. Had the proper level of care been in place, maybe this wouldn't have happened."

The employee spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions at work.

Nashua police responded to the incident, where the 63-year-old woman was found dead in front 7 Star Pizza, on July 27.

The 63-year-old victim's identity has not been released. The New Hampshire Union Leader has submitted a Right to Know request.

State officials said the woman's death has triggered an investigation.

Twelve psychiatric providers left the hospital on June 30 after a contract dispute in which they said they would have earned substantially less as part of a contract with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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