Two women — one from Oak Park, the other from Chicago — are facing aggravated battery charges after beating and injuring nurses in the emergency room at West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Ct., Oak Park, said Oak Park Police.
The incidents occurred 10 days apart.
“It’s unusual for incidents like this to happen in one place,” the Oak Park police commander said. said Paul Kane.
Hospital security usually handles incidents and doesn’t always call the police, Kane said.
In this case, the incidents rose to the level of criminal attacks on nurses.
“That’s when we would be called,” Kane said. He said the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved felony charges against the two attackers.
Brandy Johnson, 20, of the 00 block of Ontario Street, Oak Park, was being treated for an unknown injury when on April 17 she punched a nurse on the left side of her face, causing pain and bruising, said Kane. Johnson was not taken into custody until she was released on April 26 from medical care at a facility in Des Plaines, where she was taken after her initial treatment in West Suburban, Kane said.
Brittany Harris, 32, of the 100 block of North Mason Avenue, Chicago, on April 25, was being treated for an unknown injury when she flailed her arms, hitting a nurse’s left cheek and left eye socket and shattering the skin under his eye with his nails, Kane said.
Kane said he did not know if the nurses were treated and released after the incidents.
Jane Brust, vice president of marketing at Pipeline Health, confirmed that two nurses were assaulted in separate incidents by patients and suffered minor injuries.
“West Suburban has a zero-tolerance policy for verbal, physical, or emotional abuse of all employees and strictly adheres to Joint Commission standards for working conditions,” said an emailed statement from Brust. “In this case, the nurses exercised their right to complain, and now they report to the Oak Park Police. Due to HIPAA rules, there is no further information to publish at this time.