Huntington Memorial Hospital, Long-Serving Obstetrician Face Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Misconduct
The women in Wednesday’s suit were identified only by their initials, and although all three plaintiffs delivered their children at the hospital, none of the alleged misconduct occurred on Huntington’s grounds. Dr. Patrick Sutton has faced previous allegations of sexual misconduct and will be removed from hospital leadership.
Los Angeles Times:
3 Women Sue Huntington Hospital, Accusing Gynecologist Of Sexual Misconduct
Three women filed a federal lawsuit against Huntington Memorial Hospital and one of its longest-serving obstetricians Wednesday, alleging that the physician subjected them to unwanted sexual remarks during exams in the 1990s. The suit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles comes a week after The Times reported that Dr. Patrick Sutton had been accused of sexual misconduct by five other patients. Sutton, 64, settled four of those accusations without admitting any sexual wrongdoing, and he has said through a lawyer that he plans to contest the fifth pending complaint. (Ryan and Hamilton, 10/10)
In other hospital news —
Santa Clara County Moves To Buy Two Hospitals After Bankruptcy
Santa Clara and San Mateo County leaders are hoping to keep the doors open at four Bay Area hospitals owned by financially embattled Verity Health System, which filed for bankruptcy in late August. In Santa Clara County, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to authorize its staff to move forward with a process to purchase O’Connor Hospital in San Jose and Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, both operated by Verity. (Clyde, Shuler and Klivans, 10/10)