PORTLAND -- A woman has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against Legacy Emanuel Medical Center over alleged sex abuse while she was a patient at the emergency room there.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Multnomah County accuses the hospital of neglect.
The woman's attorney shared documents with KGW that outline her
case. She said she went to the emergency room for a possible miscarriage and her nurse, Jeffrey N. McAllister, 38 (pictured right), gave her morphine, then sexually abused her.
Her lawsuit accuses the hospital of neglect for allowing her to be alone in a room with McAllister despite prior accusations of sex abuse against him. The lawsuit cited a report in McAllister's employment file in 2006. Legacy is also criticized in the lawsuit for failing to report previous allegations of sexual abuse by McAllister to appropriate authorities.
McAllister was charged with sexual abuse in early July and has pleaded not guilty. He remains in custody on $2 million bail, for an indictment that alleges he sexually abused three other women in the emergency room.
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Legacy Emanuel spokesman Brian Terrett said the hospital condemns any inappropriate conduct by employees and will investigate.
Legacy Health has just received a copy of the lawsuit. It will carefully review the allegations being made and conduct a thorough investigation. Legacy Emanuel Medical Center has been and will continue to provide the highest quality of medical care to all its patients, he said in the statement sent to KGW Wednesday night.
The state nursing board wants to revoke McAllister's license for reports of six inappropriate encounters with patients. In a written statement to the board McAllister denied acting inappropriately toward any patient.