Michigan House Bills aim to stem the rise in violence against healthcare workers

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – A man is being held in the Ingham County Jail after reportedly violently assaulting hospital staff on Thursday afternoon.

A post from a Mid-Michigan nurse has gone viral on social media. She posted photos of her swollen face after being attacked while tending to a patient.

“He punched me dead on the nose and then punched me two more times,” said Michelle Lopez.

Lopez works as an emergency room nurse at McLaren Hospital in Lansing.

“I went down like that to try to get rid of him and he kept hitting me,” Lopez recalled.

When they heard the commotion, three other nurses and a doctor came to her aid, who was also hit. The doctor was even stabbed with a ballpoint pen.

“I’m pissed. You can clearly see I’m going to have a black eye,” Lopez said. “My head hurts. I don’t know if he hit me there or just pulled my hair. I have a blue one Mark on the inside of my thigh when he kicked me too.”

The alleged perpetrator, 18-year-old Daniel Moyer, was apprehended by hospital security and then arrested by Lansing Police.

Unfortunately, this strange behavior in healthcare is not uncommon.

“We get urine thrown at us, we get spat on by COVID patients,” Lopez said. “We get yelled at almost every day.”

Lopez said she’s had enough and is calling for change, something Brian Peters – with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association – is also fighting for.

“Unfortunately, this was a trend we’re seeing across the state,” Peters said. “But really, with the pandemic, we’re seeing that increase to new levels.”

Peters and Lopez encourage people to go to their lawmakers to impose tougher penalties on people who assault healthcare workers.

“These are people who come into work every day and put themselves on the line in a difficult environment and try to do their best,” said Peters. “To think that there are these acts of violence that could divert these caregivers from this incredibly important duty – that is absolutely untenable, so we strongly support legislation that has been introduced here in the state that would increase the penalties for this perpetrator of violence.” “

The House Bills referred to by Peters are HB 5084 and HB 5682, introduced to the Michigan House of Representatives by Representatives Ben Frederick and Mike Mueller. The Michigan Health and Hospital Association submitted written testimonies to the Michigan Legislature in support of House Bills aimed at expanding penalties for assaults on emergency room workers. If passed, penalties for assaulting a healthcare worker could include jail time and a large fine.

Moyer is currently being held without bond in the Ingham County Jail.

A statement from McLaren Health Care can be read below.

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