A Prisma Health worker died after a patient who was trying to escape the hospital during a court-ordered visit attacked him. Imani Cox, 27, had been admitted to Prisma Health Tuomey for a court-ordered evaluation. According to police, Cox was trying to leave the hospital when security tried to stop her.
She became “aggressive and began to fight with employees,” police said. She hit at least two employees, including mental health technician Kevin Robinson who got kicked in the groin.
Robinson later went into cardiac arrest and was a patient in the ICU when he died days later. Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy to confirm Robinson’s cause of death.
Cox was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and battery. Robinson had worked for Prisma health for over a decade.
“He worked for us for 11 years and was well-loved by his team members,” the hospital said in a statement. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to our team member’s loved ones and to our Tuomey hospital family who share his loss.”
“Tragically, we are seeing an increase in aggression and violence across the nation, in settings such as shopping malls, airplanes, schools, and healthcare facilities,” the hospital statement added. “Prisma Health has Security on hospital campuses and an active workplace violence task force that is examining how to balance compassionate care with protecting our team members, patients, and visitors.”