Former medical director awarded $1.5M in lawsuit against Missouri hospital

Springfield, Mo.-based Mercy Clinic's former medical director, Hyewon Kim, MD, has been awarded more than $1.5 million in damages after claiming she was dismissed from Mercy Clinic for voicing her concerns about two physicians, according to an OzarksFirst report.

Dr. Kim, a radiation oncologist, brought her lawsuit against Mercy in 2012. She alleged she was dismissed from her position at Mercy after reporting two physicians were violating medical standards that affected patient safety, according to the report.

On Friday, a jury awarded Dr. Kim compensatory damages of $720,821 and punitive damages of $800,000 in the case.

A Mercy spokesperson told OzarksFirst that the hospital is not commenting on the case.

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