BROOKLYN - A longtime nurse at Brookdale Medical Center remains in critical condition as the suspect who allegedly assaulted her faces charges.

Evelyn Lynch, 70, was helping 40-year-old Kwincii Jones, who had been a patient at the Brownsville hospital, when she was brutally beaten and rushed to Kings County Hospital for brain surgery.

Hospital officials say Lynch has been working at Brookdale Medical Center for decades.

"We are very saddened and shocked by this incident," a statement released by the hospital says. "Our staff comes to work each day to serve the community and we expect that the respect we show are patients to be returned in kind."

The hospital is collaborating with police in the ongoing investigation.

There is no word on what triggered Jones to allegedly beat Lynch. He is facing second-degree assault and attempted murder charges.