K&M Files Lawsuit Against Kaiser for Sex Abuse by Male Nurse

Kafoury & McDougal today filed a lawsuit on behalf of two women who were sexually abused at the Kaiser clinic in Beaverton.

Alex Woolner’s mugshot

Kaiser Permanente let nurse Alex Matthew Woolner, 37, return to work at a Beaverton clinic after a woman claimed he sexually abused her during an exam, police say. Three additional women say that gave him time to abuse them.

Kafoury & McDougal is representing five of the victims against Kaiser and Woolner.

“Kaiser officials allowed Woolner access to female patients while he was under criminal investigation for sex crimes. One wonders whether they would have allowed this to happen if the next woman in line was one of their daughters” said Greg Kafoury.

The first woman told police on Jan. 28 how Woolner “subjected her to an unnecessary and intrusive exam,” which prompted Kaiser to place Woolner on leave and “investigate the charge.” But Janet O’Hollaren, Kaiser Permanente’s vice president of ambulatory care, later told the press that Kaiser then let Woolner go back to work because they could not prove that he had done anything wrong. He was still under criminal investigation when Kaiser allowed him to return to work.

Three more women told police that Woolner abused them after that, on Feb. 4, 17 and Feb. 26.

Woolner voluntarily agreed to stop working on March 14.

Woolner was indicted by a grand jury this month on one count of first-degree criminal mistreatment, three counts of invasion of personal privacy, two counts of computer crime and four counts of third-degree sex abuse.

If you or anyone you know has suffered abuse by Woolner, please contact our firm to discuss your legal rights.


The Oregonian — Rebecca Woolington (04/25/2016)