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Remarks lay out MCMC suit

The multi-million dollar civil suit against Mid-Columbia Medical Center began Tuesday and revolves around the 2012 conviction of Dr. Frederick Field, an anesthesiologist, for sexual abuse of patients and co-workers.

The Portland firm of Kafoury and McDougal is seeking $6 million in compensatory and punitive damages for Willie Gmeinder and Erin Vance, two of the seven women they represent who are involved in the first trial. Sharon Hobbs of Mosier is represented by Jan Wyers, who practices law in Hood River and is seeking the same amount for his client.

Field, who worked at the hospital for five years, pleaded guilty in September 2012 to 11 counts of sexual abuse and one count of rape involving former patients and co-workers. He is currently serving 23 years in prison for his crimes.

Opening statements were given by Gregory Kafoury, who is joined on the plaintiff’s legal team by Mark McDougal and Jason Kafoury.

Colorado attorney Andrew Efaw spoke on behalf of the hospital and its two top administrators. He is joined at the defense table by attorney Robert Keating, who practices in Portland.

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