A man accused of posing as a doctor at DCH in Tuscaloosa is now behind bars.
Police say Darryll Eugene Hill, 31, wore green scrubs and went into two patients' rooms, claiming to be a doctor, on May 14.
Hill allegedly took the temperature of one patient and told the patient to "be careful" before leaving the room, according to court documents.
In another hospital room, he pushed buttons on the patient's IV pump, introduced himself as a doctor and asked the patient's name. When the patient's roommate called the nurses' station, Hill ran out of the room.
"Staff, patients and visitors in each room found his behavior and his demeanor strange. And they alerted nursing staff and hospital staff," DCH spokesman Brad Fisher said.
Hospital officials viewed security footage to get a photo of Hill and found him still in the hospital. Security officers held him until police arrived on the scene.
The hospital says Hill was not employed at DCH and is not a licensed doctor.
"It's concerning that someone would be so disturbed that they would wander around our halls and do such a thing," Fisher said.
Hill was originally charged with giving officers a false name, but his charge was upgraded to two counts of practicing medicine without a license and trespassing, according to Tuscaloosa police.
No one was injured by Hill's alleged deception. Hospital officials say the security has not changed as a result of this incident.
Hill is in custody of the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $36,000 bond.
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