BY DAVID OVALLE, dovalle@MiamiHerald.com
A Mount Sinai Medical Center employee surrendered Wednesday after police say he performed oral sex on a male patient who was just waking up from anesthesia following surgery.
Pedro J. Gonzalez, 27, of Hialeah, confessed and was charged with sexual battery, Miami Beach police said.
Gonzalez, whose job is to transport patients within the hospital, was immediately fired after the April 30 incident.
The 31-year-old patient had gone to Mount Sinai, 4300 Alton Rd., on April 30 for surgery. Gonzalez wheeled the patient from a recovery room to a standard room and helped him on the bed.
According to a police report, ''he began to perform oral sex'' on the patient, who pushed him away. The patient later told detectives that ``even though he was coming off the effects of the anesthesia, he can ID [the suspect] and was aware of the act.''
The police report said Gonzalez came back to the room twice to ''check on'' him.
After a nurse ignored his complaint, the patient called Miami Beach police, according to a report.
''Even an isolated incident is unacceptable. We worked very closely with the Miami Beach Police on this matter, and will continue to assist the authorities until a proper resolution is achieved,'' spokeswoman Pamela Gadinsky said in a statement.
``The safety and security of our patients, staff and visitors is paramount.''