PORTLAND, Ore. – Federal investigators found that Legacy Emanuel Medical Center put patients at risk by not protecting them from sexual abuse, according to a new report.
Investigators showed up without warning and found problems so serious they threatened to strip the hospital of its status with Medicare and Medicaid.
According to the report, the hospital has fixed the problems even though the public is now just finding out about the investigation. The investigation played out in secret.
This all started with a nurse named Jeffrey McAllister. He was arrested in July after patients – all of them women – accused him of sexual abuse. Federal investigators got wind of it and a month later, and they showed up and started a surprise investigation.
They found that Legacy broke the most basic rule – protecting and promoting a patient’s rights.
Investigators said Legacy didn’t do enough to prevent sexual abuse and then didn’t do enough to investigate complaints, either.
After many letters exchanged between federal investigators and the hospital, the hospital prepared a list of all the corrections it was going to make and passed another inspection. The case was then closed.
In a statement, Legacy said staff did its best to investigate complaints, but now there is a new process to hopefully do better.