Oregon jurors order hospital to pay $2.4 million to victims

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THE DALLES, Ore. — Jurors Tuesday ordered a Columbia Gorge hospital to pay $2.4 million in compensatory damages to three victims of an anesthesiologist now serving a 23-year sentence for sex abuse and rape.

One woman was awarded $700,000, a second was awarded $800,000 and jurors said a third plaintiff should get $900,000. The women had sought $6 million each.

The jury returned its verdict Tuesday evening. Deliberations began Tuesday. The trial began Oct. 1.

The lawsuit alleged that Mid-Columbia Medical Center and two executives didn’t take action that could have prevented the sex abuse. Jurors found that the hospital should pay all the damages.

Dr. Frederick Field was sentenced in September 2012 for molesting sedated women. He had pleaded guilty to 11 counts of sex abuse and one count of rape.

The abuse occurred from 2007 to 2011.

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