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Bayonne nurse dies after assault in Times Square

Maria Ambrocio was a hardworking nurse at Bayonne Medical Center. Photo via Mayor James Davis
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Maria Ambrocio was a hardworking nurse at Bayonne Medical Center. Photo via Mayor James Davis

A Bayonne Medical Center nurse has died from her injuries after being knocked down by a homeless man in New York City.

Maria Ambrocio, 58, was walking through Times Square with fellow nurse Emilia Cruz, age 70, at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 when a homeless man knocked her to the ground, the New York Post first reported.

The homeless man, identified as 26-year-old Jermaine Foster, was allegedly fleeing after stealing a cellphone from a woman when he knocked Ambrocio down. She hit her head on the ground as a result of the fall and was rendered unconscious.

Ambrocio was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan where she was declared brain dead. Later that day, she passed away in the presence of loved ones after being taken off of life support.

Foster was charged with robbery and assault in relation to the incidents.

Mourning the beloved nurse

Bayonne Mayor James Davis asked everyone to keep Ambrocio and her family in their thoughts: “I’m asking for all Bayonne people to say a prayer for Maria Ambrocio… [who] was viciously attacked in an unprovoked assault by a deranged man in Times Square.”

Dr. Achintya Moulick, CEO of CarePoint Health which operates Bayonne Medical Center, offered his condolences to the family following Ambrocio’s passing. Ambrocio was an oncology nurse at Bayonne Medical Center for much of her career.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved colleague Maria Ambrocio, a cherished member of our CarePoint Health family,” Moulick said. “She spent 25 years as an oncology nurse in Bayonne Medical Center, and her untimely death is a profound loss to us all, especially those whose lives she touched each day. Maria devoted her life to helping others, caring for patients, and serving the community. She was caring, compassionate and outgoing. She loved to take pictures and spend time with friends and family. At work, she was generous and always promoted teamwork and positivity. Maria always appreciated those she worked with and was grateful for the comradery and teamwork. Another nurse who worked with Maria remembered her focus on patients: ‘Spend less time complaining and more time working, we need to take care of the patients.’ That is truly who Maria was, ‘patient care first’ was her motto.”

CarePoint is providing grief counseling to its employees to help cope with the terrible loss.

Moulick continued: “We are struggling to reconcile how this incredible nurse is suddenly no longer with us. Maria gave so much of her life to her community and patients, including her incredible sacrifices during the pandemic. Her life and commitment to patients and community inspire us. We are committed to ensuring her example and legacy drive us to improve patient care in the communities we serve. Those who knew her described Maria’s deep spiritual connection; this gave peace and reassurance to many in the CarePoint Health family last night. We will miss her very much. Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the Ambrocio family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.”

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