At The Podium
#MeToo in the O.R.
Elizabeth L. Dalton
Paul A. Ross
The #MeToo movement shined a bright light on the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment and started a global conversation about the issues many women encounter everyday in their personal and professional lives. Unfortunately, professional workplaces such as hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers – and yes, even operating rooms – aren’t immune from disruptive and sometimes even abusive practitioners.
In their presentation at McAfee & Taft’s 2018 “Healthcare Headlines: News you can use” seminar, healthcare attorney Elizabeth Dalton and employment lawyer Paul Ross review a high-profile case in which a hospital was sued for multiple claims, including its failure to take action against a surgeon who was the subject of numerous complaints for his abusive behavior, and discuss why employers must take corrective action to protect its patients and employees, even if it means removing quality or productive physicians. The discussion includes practical advice for dealing with disruptive physicians, including those who have an ownership stake in the facility.