Oregon state board suspends hospital’s ER manager

PORTLAND, Ore. — The emergency room manager at a Portland hospital had his nursing license suspended for 90 days after a state board said he failed to thoroughly investigate allegations involving a nurse accused of sexually abusing 10 women.

The action didn’t go as far as the board’s initial proposal that Yoder’s nursing license be revoked for his handling of complaints about Jeffrey McAllister, who was fired from his job at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in April 2013.

McAllister, 39, was later indicted and accused of sexually abusing 10 patients at the hospital between October 2009 and April 2013. He pleaded not guilty to multiple rape, sodomy and sex abuse charges and remains in custody at the Multnomah County Jail.

Legacy Emanuel spokesman Brian Terrett told The Oregonian newspaper that the hospital remains fully supportive of Yoder.

“We know this was a difficult decision for Mr. Yoder and that he has worked hard to get this matter resolved,” Terrett said.

Yoder initially informed the board that he intended to challenge the state’s findings with a hearing after it had proposed revoking his license. But then he agreed to sign a stipulated order for discipline that resulted in a three-month license suspension, a series of continuing education courses he must complete, followed by a one-year probationary period.

McAllister, a former police officer in Beaverton and Seaside, had worked security for Legacy Emanuel from 2004 to 2005. He worked at Legacy Emanuel as an ER technician from 2005 to 2008 and as a registered nurse in the emergency room there from 2008 until he was fired. He voluntarily surrendered his nursing license last year and will never be able to reapply for one in Oregon.

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