Credentialing & Privileging | 12.31.21
Transgender OBGYN Sues Samaritan Alleging Discrimination
A Newport, Ore., doctor has filed a lawsuit, seeking nearly $20 million, that alleges Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital management discriminated against him due to his status as a transgender man and his promotion of transgender health services at the Newport medical facility. The 29-page lawsuit was filed against the hospital and its parent Samaritan Health Services by Dr. Gavin Shumate, an obstetrician-gynecologist presently in private practice. He formerly worked in the hospital's Women’s Health Clinic. The complaint alleges that Shumate was forced to resign his position of eight years in 2019 via a contrived investigation. The suit seeks not less than $10 million in non-economic damages and up to $9.7 million in economic damages.