Porter Health Care Systems ambulance stock

A Porter Health Care Systems ambulance pulls out of the new Porter Regional Hospital at U.S. 6 and Ind. 49.

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VALPARAISO — Police say a bomb threat reportedly made to Porter Regional Hospital on Wednesday was determined to be a hoax. 

Officers were dispatched at 1:41 p.m. to Porter Regional Hospital, 85 E. U.S. 6, according to a news release from the Porter County Sheriff's Department. 

Hospital staff told police they received a call to their switchboard from a man stating there was a bomb in the building, the release stated. 

"Per protocol, as officers responded, the hospital staff was advised to check the building and advise if anything suspicious was located," the release stated.

"Ultimately, a thorough check completed by hospital staff and their security came back with negative results of anything suspicious or any bombs," the release stated. 

The caller ID showed the number had an out-of-state prefix, police said. 

Porter County Officers attempted to ping the number and determined it was an internet line associated with scams and was not traceable, the release stated.

"Officers and Porter Regional Hospital Staff and Administration worked together and were satisfied with the investigation and determined there was no viable threat to the Hospital or its patients," the release stated. 

The release did not indicate if anyone was evacuated from the hospital during the search. 

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.