Car trunk is searched following an assault inside St. Joseph Medical Center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Burbank Police received a call from Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center early Friday evening, that there was a disturbance on the fifth floor. Three men were reportedly assaulting a man who was visiting a patient.
Members of the Burbank Police Gang Unit were walking in the Emergency Room doors when the incident happened in another section of the large hospital. Burbank Police called in several units and surrounded the complex with numerous officers.
The three suspects, who are all members of the same family, are know to police. The victim, who was described as the boyfriend of the suspects’ sister, was visiting the woman in the hospital, when he was attacked. One of the suspects was armed with a baton, and another had a handgun, according to police.
The victim was taken down to the emergency room with head injuries that were reported as non-life threatening. Police officers made a floor by floor search of the hospital and parking structures without finding the suspects. Every car leaving had its trunk checked. A police helicopter overhead kept an eye on the entire facility.
Detectives arrived at the hospital and took over the investigation. Security camera footage was checked to see if the suspects had left the hospital. According to police, a nurse saw the three exit the hospital onto Buena Vista St., and anohter hospital employee reported seeing a vehicle leave the hospital parking structure at a high rate of speed. When the media began showing up, including news helicopters hovering high over the hospital. Burbank Police Lt. Matt Ferguson updated the press with details as police eventually lifted their lockdown of the hospital Friday night.
Lt. Matt Ferguson gives the media a press briefing outside Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center Friday night. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
The Cusumano family of Burbank has donated $1 million to the new Hycy and Howard Hill Neuroscience Institute at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, earmarking the funds for high-tech diagnostics equipment.
In recognition of this gift, the institute’s Neurodiagnostic Center will be named for the Cusumanos, whose family roots are deep here in Burbank, both in business and in philanthropy.
The family is particularly interested in funding a state-of-the-art biplane angiography suite where a neurovascular X-ray system will provide sharp three-dimensional images for interventional procedures. These images can be rotated so physicians see tiny intricate blood vessels from all angles as they map their treatment for patients with strokes, aneurysms or other brain injuries.
“This generous donation from the Cusumano family will go a long way to provide this cutting-edge equipment to residents of the San Fernando Valley as we build our Hill Neuroscience Institute,” said George Teitelbaum, M.D., a neurointerventionalist on staff at Providence Saint Joseph.
“Such an advanced imaging system will afford us greater abilities to perform complex neurointerventional surgical procedures in the brain and spine. I’m positive that this donation will help to save many lives.”
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Police are still investigating this accident that occurred at Bel Aire and Verdugo. One of the cars hit a cement wall of the corner house, sending its driver to the hospital with Burbank Paramedics.