A Prisma Health employee dies after a mental patient hits his groin

SUMTER, SC (WIS) – An employee of Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital died after an altercation of patients in late May.

Sumter County Coroner Robert Baker Jr. confirmed to WIS that Kevin Robinson, 40, died May 31, 2022 after an altercation with a patient days earlier.

Baker said a patient admitted to hospital with “mental and emotional” problems hit Robinson in the groin on May 27.

Baker said Robinson collapsed, went into cardiac arrest and was hospitalized in intensive care until his death. He said the autopsy was performed on June 3, but the results are pending.

The coroner confirmed that Robinson was a hospital employee.

The Sumter Police Department has sent a statement that reads:

One patient, who injured hospital staff while trying to stop her from leaving, is accused.

Imani Cox, 27, of Crowndale Drive, who was admitted to Prisma Health Tuomey for a court-ordered evaluation, was trying to leave the facility on May 27 when hospital security and staff members attempted to detain her.

Information gleaned in the investigation indicates that Cox was aggressive and began arguing with employees, hitting at least two of them.

A mental health technician, Kevin Robinson, 40, of Washington Street, was shot in the groin area before falling ill and not responding.

Robinson died a few days later. An investigation is ongoing. The results of the autopsy performed on Friday are awaited. Cox was transferred to a Columbia area hospital where she was treated.

After her release, Cox was charged with assault and 2nd degree beatings and enrolled in the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

The detention center confirmed that Cox is still in their custody. Sumter County Court records show that she was given a $ 7,500 bail but she did not pay it.

WIS contacted Prisma Health for a statement, they said about Robinson’s death,

“He worked for us for 11 years and was loved by his team members.”

“We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of our team member and to our family from Tuomey hospital who share his loss.”

Attempts to contact Robinson’s family were unsuccessful.

Jean Meyer-Prisma Health’s senior vice president of acute care operations released a statement about the incident that left Robinson dead:

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