The Kaiser Papers A Public Service Web Site

In Copyright Since September 11, 2000

This web site is in no manner affiliated with any Kaiser entity and/or the for profit Permanente. Permission is granted to mirror if credit to the author is given.

"Corporations can be charged with crimes," Laurie Levenson, a law professor at Loyola Law School.
Oregon and Washington State News Stories 
About Kaiser Permanente

Jayant Patel Stories Medical Board Stories  |  Kaiser Computer System Stories  |  Patient Stories  | Bad Docs and Nurse Stories  |  Kaiser Political Agendas Disguised as Business Choices  |  Fines and Sanctions | Kaiser Patient Privacy Violations  |    Employee Stories    | Lawsuits

Portland parents sue OHSU, Kaiser Permanente for $6.25 million; suit claims prenatal tests missed baby's genetic disorder
Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 5:41 PM
On the heels of a nearly $3 million verdict for a Portland-area couple whose baby was born with Down syndrome, another couple has filed a $6.25 million lawsuit claiming doctors conducting prenatal tests failed to detect a serious genetic disorder in their child.   Read more at:

Jayant Patel Articles

QUICK BACKGROUND: a hospital in the city of Buffalo where New York health officials cited Patel for failing to examine patients before surgery. Patel was fined US$5,000 and was placed on three years' clinical probation. In 1989, Patel moved to Oregon and began working for Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Medical staff alleged that he would often turn up, even on his days off, and perform surgery on patients that were not even his responsibility. In some cases, surgery was not even required, and caused serious injuries or death to the patient.

After a review, Kaiser restricted Patel's practice in 1998, banning him from doing liver and pancreatic surgeries and requiring him to seek second opinions before performing other surgeries. Further, after reviewing four cases in which three patients died, the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners made Patel's restriction statewide in September 2000, and New York State health officials required him to surrender his license in April 2001.

After this, Patel decided to leave Oregon for Queensland, Australia. Queensland Health employed him without conducting due diligence regarding his qualifications and experience and allowed him to become director of surgery at Bundaberg Base Hospital in 2003, under the "area of need" program, which hires overseas trained doctors for regional areas. His unprofessional behaviour continued, with his surgical work being described as "antiquated" and "sloppy", and some nurses even claimed that they hid their patients from him when they knew that he was in the hospital. He was referred to as "Dr. E. coli" - Source:
NOTE:  Excluded from the above writing is the information the Kaiser Permanente physicians wrote letters of recommendation for Patel.

August 25, 2012 - Patel Freed -  May Be Granted Re-Trial
June 30, 2010 - Patel Convicted
July 1, 2010 - The American Public wants to know why he was allowed to kill so many.
     Is it because those that could have stopped him were getting a percentage of the payments            that Patel received?

Freed Patel awaits decision on new trial

mirrored for historical purposes with commentary:
Why wasn't Jayant Patel stopped, ask former patients in the US 
Tuck Thompson and Mark Oberhardt The Courier-Mail July 01, 2010 THE families of patients who died under the knife of Jayant Patel in the United States consider him a "terrorist" who should have been exposed before he came to Australia.

Portland, Oregon, resident Sandra Ickert said her pleas to US authorities after her mother Marie Mesecher died in 1997 fell on deaf ears.

"We tried everything, we called the police, the medical board, and no one would let us do anything," she said.
Read more at:

Patel to be sentenced on Thursday
June 30, 2010 - 3:24PM

Convicted killer Jayant Patel will be sentenced on Thursday over the deaths of three patients.

The man once dubbed Dr Death was convicted on Tuesday night of the manslaughter of Mervyn Morris, Gerardus Kemps and James Phillips.

The Brisbane Supreme Court jury also found him guilty of causing grievous bodily harm to Ian Vowles.

Read More At:

Patel performed 'wrong operation on the wrong patient'

By Jason Rawlins - ABC News

Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:28pm AEDT

Patel, 59, has pleaded not guilty to three manslaughter charges and one of grievous bodily harm.

Patel, 59, has pleaded not guilty to three manslaughter charges and one of grievous bodily harm. (AAP: Dave Hunt)

The trial in Brisbane's Supreme Court of former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel has heard he performed the wrong operation on the wrong patient.

Mirrored here for historical purposes at: 

From The Los Angeles Times

Associated Press Writer
Jayant Patel, 59, is being tried on three manslaughter charges and one count of grievous bodily harm related to four patients he treated while working as director of surgery between 2003 and 2005 at a state-run hospital in Bundaberg, a sugar industry town 230 miles (370 kilometers) north of Brisbane in Queensland state.
Prosecutor: American doctor charged in Australian deaths wrongly removed patient's bowel

Dr. Jayant Patel, center, arrives at the Supreme Court with his wife Kishoree and his lawyer, Michael Byrne, in Brisbane, Australia, on Monday March 22, 2010. The American doctor accused of repeatedly botching operations and performing surgeries he was not capable of handling has pleaded not guilty to three manslaughter charges and one of grievous bodily harm. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard) (Tertius Pickard, AP / March 22, 2010)

US doctor on trial in Australian patient deaths
Associated Press Writer

Published: Monday, Mar. 22, 2010 - 8:17 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010 - 12:42 am

Jayant Patel, 59, is being tried on three manslaughter charges and one count of grievous bodily harm related to four patients he treated while working as director of surgery between 2003 and 2005 at a state-run hospital in Bundaberg, a sugar industry town 230 miles (370 kilometers) north of Brisbane in Queensland state.

Read more:
Mirrored here for historical purposes at: 

July 1, 2009 -

Parents of Oregon boy settle in surgery lawsuit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The parents of a 3-year-old boy who died after an Oregon doctor operated on him have agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit for $200,000.

mirrored for historical purposes at:
Feb. 9, 2009 -  UPDATE: Oregon surgeon Patel appears in Australian court
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - An Australian prosecutor says an American doctor charged with manslaughter in the deaths of three patients repeatedly botched operations and performed surgeries he was not capable of handling.

In the pretrial hearing of 58-year-old Jayant Patel, prosecutor Ross Martin said Monday that the doctor lied on his application to a rural hospital by not revealing he had been reprimanded by medical boards in the United States.

Patel has not entered a plea or spoken publicly about the accusations. He faces life in prison if convicted.

Before going to Australia, Patel worked at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Portland. In 1998 - after reviewing 79 complaints about Patel - Kaiser restricted his practice, and the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners later cited him for "gross or repeated acts of negligence

February 9, 2009 - 
Patel accused of litany of lies and deceit - Christine Kellett | February 10, 2009 - 4:08AM -  Brisbane Times

Dressed in a dark suit and with his head bowed, Patel was allowed to sit at the bar table beside his legal team while a picture emerged of a man seemingly undeterred by professional censure - including bans on the type of surgery he could perform and a three year stint of probation.
mirrored at:

"Dr Death'' was first coined by Dr Patel's colleagues at the hospital and not by his former patients or the media.

For background on the Jayant Patel case Please View:

Ex-surgeon's troubled career leads to jail cell
Jayant M. Patel, once a medical star in Oregon, is arrested for extradition to Australia, where he's known as "Dr. Death"

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The Oregonian Staff

Regarding the extradition of Jayant M. Patel - please read our blog entry on this topic at:

There they are grouped with other physicians that have the same pattern of behavior.  This shows a systemic corporate pattern of behavior and should be useful information for the victims of these men.


The McEnany matter began years ago, just as the Patel matter did.  Just as the Patel matter continues today, victims of McEnany are also suffering because of Kaiser Permanente Corporate policies that resulted in innocent patients being harmed far away from the Kaiser Permanente system.

Because the Australian Government is reported to be in the process of extraditing Jayant M. Patel from the Portland, Oregon area the following information on how the process is conducted from the District Attorney Department of the Australian Government could be useful for all of our understanding.  Here is the link to that department:

From the Oregon Medical Board - Two malpractice cases where Patel harmed the patient:

Patel, Jayant Mukundray
License #:
Location of Injury:
Portland, OR
Date Reported:
Closure Date:
Disposed of by a court (including dismissals)
Settlement Amount:
$ 0
Alleged nerve damage during suturing. Note: "Dismissal of Individual Provider or Dismissal of Lawsuit" indicated in the "Indemnity Paid by All" field.


Patel, Jayant Mukundray
License #:
Location of Injury:
Portland, OR
Date Reported:
Closure Date:
Disposed of by a court (including dismissals)
Settlement Amount:
$ 0
Alleged negligent sigmoid cholecystectomy.

FORMER patients of Dr Jayant Patel are disappointed but not surprised by revelations the rogue surgeon will fight his extradition from the US to Australia.

Dr Vijay Mehta, a senior Texas-based surgeon and friend of Dr Patel, confirmed in the United States today the Indian-trained doctor, dubbed ``Dr Death'' in Australia, was preparing for a long court battle over his extradition.
Dr Patel, who fled Australia for his home in Portland, Oregon in 2005, has been linked to the deaths of 17 patients during his time as director of surgery at Bundaberg Hospital in south-east Queensland.
He is wanted in Australia on charges of manslaughter, grievous bodily harm, negligence and fraud.,25197,22697553-12377,00.html
mirrored for historical purposes:

Queensland A-G seeks secret tribunal
By Hedley Thomas
February 14, 2007 12:30amArticle from: The Australian
AFTER an avalanche of evidence and an intense public debate for the past two years, Queensland Attorney-General Kerry Shine is now seeking a secret tribunal hearing over rogue surgeon Jayant Patel's
alleged medical negligence.,22606,21222164-911,00.html
mirrored for historical purposes at:,,21188596-3102,00.html
Extradition material `complete'
By Steven Wardill
February 07, 2007 11:00pm
Article from: The Courier-Mail

THE extradition process to bring disgraced surgeon Jayant Patel back to Australia has overcome its latest hurdle, with key material handed over yesterday to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Attorney-General Kerry Shine yesterday said material from a crucial witness had been received by the DPP. The absence of the material had prevented the DPP from formally requesting the Commonwealth begin the extradition procedure of the former Bundaberg surgeon, now in the US.
Mr Shine told Parliament the DPP had been advised by solicitors acting on behalf of the witness that the critical material was completed. "This material is expected to be with the office of the director today," he said.
"Once the material has been received, the office can complete compiling the material required so the formal extradition application already sent to the Commonwealth can be actioned by the Commonwealth."
A court in November issued a warrant for the arrest of Dr Patel who is wanted on several counts of manslaughter, grievous bodily harm and fraud relating to his time at Bundaberg Hospital.

Police ready to get Patel

By Paula Doneman of The Courier-Mail,23739,20800481-3102,00.html
November 20, 2006 11:00pm
POLICE will today take the first step to extradite disgraced surgeon Jayant Patel back to Queensland to face charges of killing and maiming patients at Bundaberg Hospital.
mirrored for historical purposes at:

McClellan v. Patel, Civil No. 06-392-AA, July 16, 2006
Kaiser defendants allege that plaintiff makes the following "administrative negligence" claims: Ian McClellan died following abdominal surgery performed by defendant Jayant Patel, M.D. Complaint,  1. The Kaiser defendants were "jointly engaged in the practice of medicine and the delivery of other healthcare services. Id. at  5. The collective defendants granted Dr. Patel surgical privileges and held Dr. Patel out to the public and plaintiff as a competent physician, specially skilled in performing abdominal surgery on children. Id. Defendant Patel was hired by the Kaiser defendants in 1989, and the Kaiser defendants were aware of at least eight medical malpractice lawsuits, some of which involved wrongful death cases and Dr. Patel's care. Id. at  11. In 1997, the Kaiser defendants began conducting an internal review of approximately 80 potential malpractice incidents involving Dr. Patel. As a result of that internal review, plaintiff alleges the Kaiser defendants restricted defendant Patel's surgical privileges in the summer of 1998, limiting his ability to perform certain abdominal procedures as well as placing other requirements on defendant Patel. Id. at  14.

  Plaintiff further alleges that the Kaiser defendants failed to inform the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners and defendant Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) about defendant Patel and his "malpractice history." Further, plaintiff alleges that: "Despite Dr. Patel's malpractice history and the restrictions defendant Kaiser placed on his surgical privileges, Dr. Patel was nevertheless elevated to a position of leadership in defendant Kaiser's pediatric surgical service. Id. at  17.

  Finally, plaintiff has alleged against the Kaiser defendants in particular, that those defendants were negligent "in allowing Dr. Patel to operate on children in light of the malpractice incidents that caused defendant Kaiser to restrict his surgical privileges and put him on a professional improvement plan approximately six months earlier;" "in failing to report Dr. Patel's malpractice incidents between 1991 and 2005 to the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners as required by ORS 742.400(2);" and "in failing to have an adequate system in place between 1991 and 1999 to identify physicians and surgeons with surgical complication rates outside the expected range."

Surgeon in inquiry agrees not to practice
Health - Until his case is closed in Australia, Dr. Jayant M. Patel's license will be
suspended in Oregon
Friday, July 14, 2006

mirrored for historical purposes at:

This is really great news but they should have taken this action about six years ago.  Patel still gets away with
what he has done.  He still isn't receiving any punishment and the families and patients harmed by him still have no justice. 

I don't know why the Oregon Medical Board didn't just kick the patients in the teeth while they were at it.

One of these days a medical board or a district attorney somewhere in this country is going to wake up and realize
that they are compounding the injuries against the patients with these types of actions.  Claiming that it is cheaper
to finally pull or suspend a license for physician criminal activity instead of addressing the issues head on is absolutely
irresponsible.  By letting Patel off the hook they send the message to the others that this type of behavior is ok.

A physician is still a person just as any other professional that spends a number of years studying and passing tests to
get a license is.  Physicians should not have a different set of standards for criminal conduct.

Jayant Patel participated in insurance and Medicare Fraud in this country.  He harmed patients by falsely representing
himself as an authority on procedures  and surgeries that he performed on patients, bringing them harm for a corporations
financial gain.  The corporation knew what he was doing and he certainly knew what he was doing.  Neither the
corporation nor Jayant Patel are innocent in this matter.

In Australia he did the same darn thing.  His motive behind all these operations was to produce revenue for a corporation
or a government entity.  Plain and simple.

News about doctor stirs anger over loss of matriarch
Friday, March 10, 2006 By JONATHAN NELSON, Columbian staff writer
complete story at:
mirrored for historical purposes at:
Sandra Ickert stood by her mother's bedside in 1997 and fought back tears as she peered at the near 
lifeless form of Marie Mesecher.....
The Oregonian reported that Kaiser Permanente, the region's largest health maintenance organization, 
has settled five cases involving Patel and paid out $1.8 million in two of them.
Patel worked for Kaiser from 1989 until his resignation in 2001. He then went to a job in Australia. 
Patel left Australia in April and is now living in Portland, Houze said in the AP story.
Before coming to Oregon, Patel surrendered his medical license in New York.
Ickert would have appreciated knowing about Patel's past legal dealings and the fact that he 
surrendered his New York medical license. Instead, she said Mesecher was only given glowing 
accolades regarding Patel.

Parents file $1.5 million lawsuit against Dr. Patel
By Bob Heye and Web Staff
PORTLAND, Ore. - The man nicknamed 'Doctor Death' in Australia is now facing a $1.5 million 
lawsuit on top of his other troubles. 
mirrored for historical purposes at:

Report recommends Patel manslaughter charge -
The report into Queensland's public hospitals has recommended Dr Jayant Patel be charged with 
manslaughter over the deaths of patients he treated at Bundaberg Base Hospital.
.... The report recommends Dr Patel be referred to police and charged with manslaughter, grievous 
bodily harm, assault and fraud.
His former employers also face disciplinary action. 
mirrored at:

Australian inquiry recommends manslaughter probe
11/29/2005, 8:59 p.m. PT
The Associated Press 
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — An inquiry into a disgraced surgeon said Wednesday his negligence 
led to the deaths of 13 patients at a rural Australian hospital and recommended he be investigated for manslaughter.
In its final report, the six-month, 16 million Australian dollar (US$11.8 million; euro10 million) inquiry also recommended that two senior hospital administrators be prosecuted for their roles in hiring and 
promoting the surgeon, Dr. Jayant Patel.,5936,17410529%255E3102,00.html
Patel wants his tax refund
Hedley Thomas
THE doctor whose negligence led to at least 13 deaths, countless injuries and a cost to Queensland of more than $6 billion wants a refund of taxes he paid during his two-year tenure.
Dr Jayant Patel has instructed his legal team to retrieve documents from Bundaberg Base Hospital to enable him to claim a refund on tax he paid on his $200,000 a year package as director of surgery. 

Patel's disturbing record at Kaiser
Despite a series of malpractice cases and negligent surgeries, the HMO saw Dr. Jayant Patel as anything
Sunday, November 06, 2005

Mirrored for historical purposes at:

Check out the Kaiser Papers Blog for opinions on what Patel has been getting away with and how the system
encouraged his behavior at:

Deaths and a Doctor's Past Transfix Australians
"After his troubles in Oregon, Dr. Patel tried to resume practice in New York. But the medical conduct board concluded that he could be criminally prosecuted for what he had done in Oregon. Rather than face prosecution, Dr. Patel surrendered his license." 
originally located at:

Australia wants Patel charged
Officials say they'll pursue a homicide trial for the former Portland surgeon and suggest other cases are possible
Friday, June 10, 2005 by SUSAN GOLDSMITH

Letter is deja vu for Patel victims
from the Bundaberg and Region NewsMail
WHEN news of Bundaberg’s Dr Death scandal started filtering through overseas there was one man who had 
heard it all before - outspoken former Kaiser Hospital physician Dr Charles Phillips.

Again from the Oregonian News - May 29, 2005: The Doctors' Club
In writing warm recommendations for Dr. Jayant Patel, his ex-colleagues did no favors for a trusting public 

After Dr. Death had to leave Kaiser Permanente - on Kaiser letterhead - Permanente doctors wrote glowing letters to have him set up shop out of the country. 

Sanctions for doctor predate job in Oregon
New York records show findings of negligence and incompetence by Jayant M. Patel, who now is under investigation in Australia
Friday, April 22, 2005
The Oregonian

Australians will conduct Patel inquiry
As early as a month after Dr. Jayant Patel began, co-workers in Queensland voiced concerns

Kaiser Permanente Lawsuits stacked up for 12 years surround Dr. Death - Jayant Patel - This is a story reminiscent of Kaiser Doctor -  Jay Tibbles  [], the Kaiser Permanente authority on child molestation that Kaiser knew for years was rotten to the core.  Only when the police arrested him and put him in jail did they fire the guy.
I believe the Dr. Death story is the same type of lack of concern for the patient with Kaiser today.  They just didn't care until the outside world became involved because, I believe, that at all costs Kaiser believes that good PR is more important than good patient care.

-79 formal medical complaints were filed.
-3 deaths directly attributable to Dr. Patel were admitted by Kaiser.
-An unknown number of deaths were settled under confidentiality agreements.
-An unknown number of people were permanently damaged by this doctor.
-There may well have been other charges filed against this doctor and Kaiser not included in the 79 complaints.

How could all of this gone unnoticed?

Police ready to get Patel

By Paula Doneman of The Courier-Mail,23739,20800481-3102,00.html
November 20, 2006 11:00pm
POLICE will today take the first step to extradite disgraced surgeon Jayant Patel back to Queensland to face charges of killing and maiming patients at Bundaberg Hospital.
* Chronology regarding Dr. Patel (pdf)
The Oregonian has also put together a selection of relevant information for the world to more
readily access the information on Jayant Patel and understand how it happened that he was
allowed to get away with it all for decades.


Medical Board Stories

Kaiser, OHSU will release data on malpractice
Kaiser agrees to start respecting the law and reporting their physician malpractice information.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
mirrored at:

Sunday, November 13, 2005
The Oregonian
Health systems must improve oversight of physicians
The Nov. 6 front-page article "Patel's disturbing record at Kaiser stayed hidden for years" proved as much an indictment of our flawed health care system as it was an expose of a dangerous, arrogant surgeon. 
Mirrored for public service purposes:

State let Kaiser, OHSU escape oversight
Malpractice claims Lax enforcement kept 18 years of cases unreported, including red flags about Dr. Jayant M. Patel
Monday, November 07, 2005
The Oregonian
mirrored for historical and public service purposes at:


Kaiser Computer System Stories

-79 formal medical complaints were filed.
-3 deaths directly attributable to Dr. Patel were admitted by Kaiser.
-An unknown number of deaths were settled under confidentiality agreements.
-An unknown number of people were permanently damaged by this doctor.
-There may well have been other charges filed against this doctor and Kaiser not included in the 79 complaints.

How could all of this gone unnoticed?

Cost, image worries hamper data on doctor care
A survey finds physicians are hesitant to use electronic records that would show the total and types of mistakes .

Patient-care records can spotlight doctors with a history of harming patients, such as surgeon Jayant M. Patel, who practiced for more than a decade in Portland before the state disciplined him in 2000 for "gross or repeated acts of negligence." Patel, cited in 1998 by then-employer Kaiser Permanente, is under investigation for errors at an Australian hospital where he worked the past two years.

Good statistics are also vital for finding subtle patterns of errors from miscommunication or oversights, such as lab results that aren't reported to patients. Many doctors say such systemic errors are more common and deadly than negligent care/

Patient Stories

Late artist's family wins $4.5 million malpractice case
A Clark County Superior Court jury has ordered Kaiser Permanente to pay $4.5 million to a Vancouver woman whose late husband’s brain tumor went misdiagnosed for several years.
mirrored for historical purposes at:

Bad Docs and Nurse Stories

Judge revokes release of former Beaverton nurse
Deana Lyn Sweet, who's accused of taking drugs meant for a dying patient, will be held until sentencing
This is the second time I have located a story like this in 2004 where a Judge has actually revoked a nurses license when a Kaiser nurse was harming a patient. "..... the attorney argued that Kaiser Permanente, which knowingly hired her despite her background, was partially at fault."


A Kaiser Permanente family practice physician will assist with the company's patient advice telephone hot line for the duration of his probation with the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission. 

    Dr. Manuel Reymundo Galaviz also will assume some administrative duties through August, said James Farley, Kaiser area administrator for Clark County. 

VANCOUVER -- A doctor from Kaiser's Salmon Creek clinic has been placed on medical probation by the state and on paid administrative leave by his employer, after pleading guilty in Oregon to sexual abuse.
Manuel Reymundo Galaviz, 48, had his medical license suspended by the Washington Department of Health, but that order was stayed when he agreed to have a chaperone present during treatment of minor female patients.

He also agreed to alcohol and sex offender treatment programs and to avoid contact with minors other than his own children when not at work.

Kaiser doctor released on bail

By David Waite
Advertiser Courts Writer

A Kaiser-Permanente Moanalua Medical Center anesthesiologist who is facing federal drug possession and firearms charges was released on bail yesterday so he can participate in a residential drug-treatment program on the Mainland. 

Hazelden Springbrook residential drug treatment program in Newberg, Ore. - read entire story at:

Kaiser Political Agendas Disguised as Business Choices

Kaiser Opposed to Oregon Universal Health Care

Kaiser and Permanente are supporters of Universal Health Care Programs that both companies will make money off of. They also worked to defeat the Oregon Universal Health  bill that would not have brought in a lot of money for Kaiser. Perhaps they only really care about how much money they will make and all they have to say about Univeral Health Care is only about what will benefit themselves.

Patients’ plight costly for everyone
Oct. 1, 2002 - Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s decision last week to leave the Oregon Health Plan by next July, forcing 12,000 low-income patients to find new doctors.

Fines and Sanctions
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan has been fined $65,000 for denying claims from 299 policyholders in Southwest Washington who received care in emergency rooms during 2003 and 2004.
Originally Posted At:
Mirrored for historical purposes at:

Kaiser Patient Privacy Violations

Molester's sentence cut due to sister's lie

Thursday, August 24, 2006
By STEPHANIE RICE, Columbian staff writer
A convicted child molester can thank a sister for the generous deal he got from a Clark County Superior Court judge last month.
It was a sister of Robert M. Urbana who violated federal privacy laws by getting information from a victim's medical files, a report from Kaiser Permanente investigators concluded.


Employee Stories

Originally posted at:

Friday, May 28, 2004
A former Kaiser Permanente employee filed a whistle-blower lawsuit this week against the health care network, claiming he was fired for complaining to regulators about Kaiser's X-ray standards. 

The lawsuit came despite a lengthy investigation by the Oregon Department of Human Services in 2002 and 2003, which found no rule violations and concluded the employee's allegations were unfounded. 

Tim Coe's complaint, filed Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, accuses Kaiser of unlawful employment practices and wrongful discharge. It seeks $250,000 in damages plus money for lost wages and benefits. Coe worked from 1997 through December 2003 as an X-ray technician at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas.

Back to 

To The Kaiser Papers