While a man was lying in his bed in a southwest suburban hospital, medicated and waiting for a heart transplant, a nurse entered his room and “initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse,” according to lawsuit filed Monday.
The patient and his wife filed the suit Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn was negligent in employing the nurse who “had a propensity to initiate unauthorized physical contact with patients,” the suit stated. The nurse, who was also named as a defendant, is accused of battery.
The alleged battery happened Oct. 12, 2012, while the man was a patient in the hospital’s cardiac intensive care unit waiting for a heart transplant, the suit claims.
In January, the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation reprimanded a nurse of the same name as the defendant listed in the suit. The reprimand was brought on by her failing “to report having been terminated from a facility for crossing professional boundaries with a patient.”
Her nursing license is currently active in Illinois, according to the department’s website.
A spokesperson for the hospital could not be reached for comment Monday evening.
The three-count suit seeks more than $150,000 in damages.