Woman files lawsuit against MCMC

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the seven women accusing an anesthesiologist of sexual abuse has filed a civil lawsuit Monday against Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.

The lawyer for the 66-year-old woman, Gregory Kafoury, told The Oregonian she feels the hospital didn’t take her seriously because she was under sedation during an operation in February. The lawyer says she was lucid despite the anesthesia and told the surgeon who reported it to a hospital administrator.

Hospital CEO Duane Francis says administrators first heard reports of sexual abuse in May and immediately notified police.

The lawyer says the day after the operation Dr. Frederick George Field went to the woman’s bedside and told her she had been hallucinating. Field was arrested last month and charged with rape and other sexual abuse.

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  1. Sandi says:

    Please help me understand what this article is saying. If this woman was abused in February and the abuse was reported in May how can the author of this article use the words “immediatly notified the police” – I may be a simple country girl but this does not make any sense to me at all.

    • smilburn says:

      This was a Associated Press story edited from an Oregonian report. The woman filing the lawsuit told a hospital staff member that she was abused in February, but that person chalked it up to her being still being under the effects of anesthesia. In May, another complaint was brought forward by another woman. That was the first time the hospital CEO heard about any abuse, and notified the authorities.


  1. MedHours.com says:

    More claims of sexual abuse by anesthesiologist in The Dalles, Oregon…

    A doctor in The Dalles was charged with three more counts of sexual abuse involving women who were incapacitated by anesthetics or sedatives.A total of nine women have accused Field Frederick George Field, 45, who practiced at Mid-Columbia Medical Cent…

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