LODI (CBS13) — An administrative assistant is suing Lodi Memorial Hospital after she says she was fired for filing a harassment complaint against a doctor.
Kim Gavenkamp’s lawyer says Dr. Keith Rosing created a hostile work environment with sexual remarks.
“When you cause anxiety and frustration to the people we trust to help patients, you’re increasing the incidents of patient error,” said attorney Lawrence Bhom.
The complaint alleges the emergency room doctor was “Slapping and/or grabbing various nurses’ buttocks, sometimes even during the middle of an emergency room medical procedure; sticking his tongue in a nurse’s ear; and describing the size of his penis to female staff members.”
“Dr. Rosing was not a one-time offender,” Bhom said. “This was a recurrent problem”
Lodi Memorial Hospital would not comment, saying this was a legal matter.
Rosing no longer works at the hospital. He left earlier this summer, though a spokeswoman would not say why.
CBS13 checked with the California Medical Board, and Rosing doesn’t appear to have a previous record of harassment.
But that doesn’t change Bhom’s thoughts on the case.
“The healthcare industry is very well-known for a code of silence among healthcare professionals,” Bhom said.
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Editor’s Note: A previous version of the story reported the plaintiff was a nurse.