State disciplines health care providers

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State seal of Washington statePeriodically Washington State Department of Health issues an update on disciplinary actions taken against health care providers, including suspensions and revocations of  licenses, certifications, or registrations of providers in the state.

The department has also suspends the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states.

Information about health care providers is also on the agency’s website.

To find this information click on “Provider Credential Search” on the left hand side of the Department of Health home page (www.doh.wa.gov).

The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998.

This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700.

Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Here is the March 29th update issued by the Washington State Department of Health:

Note: Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.

State disciplines health care providers

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 70 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Provider Credential Search” on the left hand side of the Department of Health home page (www.doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Benton County

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Carleen J. Grawl (NC10011749) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly neglected vulnerable adults while serving as a licensed provider of an adult family home.

In February 2012 the Dental Commission charged dentist James WM Huffman (DE00005580) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly took a controlled substance from his dental practice for his own use

Clallam County 

In March 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Sandra Leilani Dalton (RN00057746) with unprofessional conduct. She’s allegedly unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety.

Clark County

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Cherri S. Boltz (NC60110832) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly entered into a romantic and sexual relationship with a patient.

In March 2012 the Board of Pharmacy charged pharmacy technician Cory A. Reese (VA00072656) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly tested positive for marijuana in a urinalysis provided by his employer.

In February 2012 the Board of Pharmacy ended the probation order against pharmacist Steven R. Tomlinson (PH00010612).

Grays Harbor County

In February 2012 the Examining Board of Psychology released Ryan D. Donahue (PY00003754) from terms and conditions set against his license.

King County

In February 2012 the Medical Commission modified the agreed order against physician Robert G. Haining (MD00008934). His credential remains on probation and restrictions are placed against his license.

In February 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered and licensed practical nurse Leonard M. Muigua (RN60106705, LP00056164) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly mentally abused a vulnerable adult while working in an adult family home.

In March 2012 the Health Care Assistant Program granted the application of Alisha Jean Williams (HC60215131) and placed her license on probation for three years. She was convicted of eight counts of forgery.

Kitsap County 

In March 2012 the Licensed Mental Health Counselor Program charged licensed mental health counselor Starla S. Allen (LH00004595) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly failed to comply with prior terms and conditions set against her license.

In February 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended the probation order against chemical dependency professional trainee Bettye Jean Dobson (CO60127832). 

Mason County

In February 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program reinstated the certification of chemical dependency professional trainee Steven Michael Dorland (CO60225022) and placed it on probation.

Pierce County

In February 2012 the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery released osteopathic physician assistant Kristie Michelle Mattern (OA60206687) from terms and conditions set against her license.

In February 2012 the Dental Commission charged dental assistant Kim M. Shipman (D160087419) with unprofessional conduct. She was convicted of two counts of theft.

In February 2012 the Health Care Assistant Program granted the application of Kariann L. Williams (HC60261292) and placed her license on probation for two years. She was convicted of forgery.

Snohomish County

In March 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Sex Offender Treatment Provider Programs ended the probation order against Rochelle R. Long(CP00003867, LH00007726, AF10000160).

After a hearing in February 2012, the Nursing Assistant Program corrected the final order against registered and certified nursing assistant Lamin Sonko (NA60088539, NC10045877). His credentials remain on probation for 60 months.

Spokane County

In February 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Teresa M. Couper (RN00176866) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly practiced without a valid credential.

In February 2012 the Emergency Medical Services Program released emergency medical technician Raymond W. Hamilton (ES00124034) from terms and conditions set against his certification.

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Danny Ray Osborne (NA00131144) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly physically and mentally abused vulnerable adults while providing services in a supported living setting.

In March 2012 the Dental Commission entered into an agreed order with dentist Thomas F. Weiler (DE00005502) and placed conditions against his license. The care he provided allegedly fell below the standard by failing to adequately diagnose and treat a patient’s condition.

Thurston County

In February 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Virginia Hadley (RN00064544) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly failed to meet standards in caring for a patient who required monitoring, assessment, oxygen, and resuscitation.

Walla Walla County

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Elizabeth A. Shelton (NC10088885) with unprofessional conduct. She was convicted of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act — obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Yakima County

In February 2012 the Unlicensed Practice Program issued a notice of intent to issue cease-and-desist order against Karyen Thompson. She allegedly impersonated a physician from about 2008 to 2011. She doesn’t hold a license to practice medicine in Washington. She was convicted of two counts of criminal impersonation, two counts of practice without a license, and two counts of possession of stolen property.

Out of State

Florida: In March 2012 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Anita M. Johnson (LP00050856) with unprofessional conduct. When applying for a license to practice in Washington, she allegedly failed to disclose licensure and disciplinary actions against her licenses to practice in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Texas.

Idaho: In February 2012 the Board of Pharmacy reinstated the license of pharmacist Michael P. Gardner (PH00010532) and placed conditions against his license with which he must comply.

Idaho: In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against certified nursing assistant Rayna Lynne Potter (NC60202666).

Montana: In February 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Jason C. Shaffer (RN00161748) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly failed to comply with terms and conditions set against his license.

Ohio: In February 2012 the Medical Commission released physician David C. Blocker (MD00027013) from terms and conditions set against his license. Dr. Blocker’s license is unrestricted in Washington.

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