October 23, 2013
ERIN VANCE, front, Willie Gmeinder and Sharon Hobbs are three of the 12 women who were molested by Dr. Frederick Field during surgeries from 2007 through early-2011 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. The three victims were awarded $2.4 in compensatory damages Wednesday by a jury, who held the hospital responsible for their harm. Jurors did not find Duane Francis, chief executive officer for MCMC, and Diane Storby, vice-president of operations, guilty of negligence or grant each victim’s request for a combined total of $3 million from the administrators, an amount that would have been paid by the hospital.
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