PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who says she was molested in the emergency room at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center is suing the Portland hospital for $2.5 million.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Multnomah County accuses the hospital of neglect.
The nurse accused in the February incident, 38-year-old Jeffrey N. McAllister, was charged with sexual abuse and has pleaded not guilty, The Oregonian reported. He remains in custody on an indictment that also alleges he sexually abused three other women in the emergency room.
The patient, identified as K.S. in the suit, accuses the hospital of neglect and battery and seeks $2.5 million in damages.
Legacy Emanuel spokesman Brian Terrett said the hospital condemns any inappropriate conduct by employees and will investigate.
The patient said in the lawsuit that she complained in detail to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center security officials on the day of her alleged abuse. But instead of investigating, the security officials escorted the woman out of the hospital immediately even though she hadn’t received appropriate care for her miscarriage, the lawsuit says.
“They got her out of that hospital through the nearest exit,” said her attorney, Greg Kafoury. “She wanted to make a phone call, and she wasn’t allowed to.”
The state Nursing Board wants to revoke McAllister’s license for reports of six inappropriate encounters with patients. Board documents say McAllister offered a Legacy Emanuel patient additional pain medication in the April encounter in exchange for oral sex.
In a written statement to the board, McAllister denied acting inappropriately toward any patient.
McAllister, a former police officer in Beaverton and Seaside, worked security for Legacy Health from 2004 to 2005. He worked at Legacy Emanuel as an ER technician from 2005 to 2008 and as a registered nurse in the emergency room there from 2008 until April, when he was fired.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com