Patient arrested for hospital attack

Patient arrested for hospital attack

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly punched a fellow patient in the face at an Urbana hospital is due in court Tuesday.

An Urbana police report said Andrew J. Bermingham, 31, who listed an address in the 100 block of Kenwood Road, was arrested for aggravated battery after he allegedly hit a 44-year-old Tolono man in the face at Provena Covenant Medical Center, 1400 W. Park St., U, on Friday night.

The report said both men were patients on the same floor and that Bermingham struck the man once, breaking several bones in his face.

Bermingham was taken to the county jail after the incident, which occurred about 10:20 p.m. Friday.

He remained in jail Sunday and was expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on February 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Make sure your insurance covers private rooms.  Sharing a room with roomie's relatives in, and out does not give you much rest.  Make sure to send your valuables home.  Try to get the bed closest to the door.  Don't initiate conversations.  Keep talk brief.  Moan a lot so they will want to transfer to another room.  Make sure you eat, and walk as soon as possible so you can get out of there.

The last time I was in a hospital for an injury; I was amazed at the number of people walking through the halls with no family, or friends in the hospital.  One of the nurses told me that the local community used the hospital as a convience store, and social center.  Maybe, security has got better now.

rsp wrote on February 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm

A lot of the prices are cheaper than the area places so they are attracting the business. People come to see people who work there, have lunch. They tend to stop people on the floors now to see where they are going. 

Sid Saltfork wrote on February 17, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Glad to know that the security has improved.  Not much that you can do when hooked up to an IV.  Time stands still when you are buzzing for a nurse also.  I know that they are busy; and there is not enough of them though.  The hours right before dawn are the worst.

Jaymay wrote on February 18, 2013 at 7:02 am

You often don't have a choice for a private room over semi-private, it's where they have space for you.  More than likely (without any proof) this probably happened on the 5th floor, where the patients are physically well enough to do this sort of thing. 

Illini Libertarian wrote on February 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Just think how safe hospitals will be and how great the care will be once the government takes full control of the healthcare system. I can't wait!

SaintClarence27 wrote on February 20, 2013 at 9:02 am

Holy non-sequiturs, batman!