Negligence suit against Columbia Memorial settled

John Pierce Christie, center, with his daughter, Heather Christie, and friend Terry Erickson.

A medical malpractice lawsuit against Columbia Memorial Hospital and a prominent radiologist has been settled.

John Pierce Christie, who owned the Mallternative music shop in Astoria, sued the hospital and Dr. William Armington of Pacific Coast Imaging in March for negligence. He alleged the doctor missed signs of a stroke in an MRI and magnetic resonance angiography in August 2016.

The lawsuit originally asked for $9.4 million in damages. The claim was later revised downward to $4.6 million. A trial date had been set for January.

“It’s a confidential settlement,” said James Huegli, a Portland attorney who represented Christie.

Penny Cowden, a spokeswoman for the hospital, declined to comment.

“We can’t comment on anything like that,” she said. “We’re bound by patient confidentiality.”

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