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 April 26th 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 revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of health care providers in our state.

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

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Office 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’s 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

In March 2012 the Nursing Commission suspended the license of registered nurse Melissa M. Fow (RN00142744). Fow failed to respond to department inquiries on possession of a legend drug without a prescription.

Grant County

In March 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Earl Jinings (NA00092951). Jinings treated three vulnerable adult patients inappropriately on multiple occasions; including swearing at them, hitting them, and yelling at them.

Island County

In March 2012 the Pharmacy Board indefinitely suspended the license of pharmacist Wendy S. Young, also known as Wendy S. Young-Guffey (PH00070944). Young’s license to practice pharmacy in Missouri was revoked; she remains prohibited from practicing in that state.

King County

In March 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Monique A. Gilbert (NA60100708). Gilbert failed to comply with a previous stipulation.

Lewis County

In March 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Tera J. Pilon (RN60093289). Pilon failed to comply with a previous agreement.

Pierce County 

In March 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Donna H. Mulcare (NC60195125). Mulcare failed to comply with previous terms of the agreed order.

Snohomish County 

In March 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Antonia P. Orate (NA00043844). Orate failed to report sexual misconduct committed by nursing assistant Thomas Perez Orate in her adult family home.

In March 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program indefinitely suspended the chemical dependency professional trainee credential of Nicole M. Cromwell (CO60244009). Cromwell failed to comply with a previous agreement.

Spokane County 

In March 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Julie A. Bliss (RN00152477). Bliss failed to comply with a previous agreed order.

In March 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Danny Ray Osborne (NA00131144). Osborne physically and mentally abused two vulnerable adult patients, including hitting one of them and isolating him in a room, and using profanity. The Department of Social and Health Services issued a notice of finding that Osborne had abused vulnerable adults.

In March 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Cindy K. Hetherington (NC10091330). Hetherington was convicted of two counts of trafficking in stolen property and one count of theft.

Yakima

In March 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program indefinitely suspended the credential of Tamara J. Brantley (CP60029637). Brantley failed to respond to department inquires about drug use.

In March 2012 the Nursing Assistant and Counselor Programs suspended the credentials of registered nursing assistant and agency-affiliated counselor Teresa J. Campbell (NA00097240, CG60159143). Campbell was impaired by alcohol while on duty at her workplace.

Out of State

Arizona: In March 2012 the Medical Commission immediately suspended the license of physician Thomas E. Garrison (MD00045764). Garrison’s license to practice medicine in California was revoked; he remains prohibited from practicing in that state.

California: In March 2012 the Nursing Commission immediately suspended the license of registered nurse Mariya L. Morris, also known as Mariya Vadimovna Lim, Mariya Vadinovna Lim, and Marya Lim (RN00157532). Morris’s license to practice nursing in California was revoked; Morris remains prohibited from practicing in that state.

Illinois: In March 2012 the immediately suspended the license of registered nurse Paulette M. Bell (RN00167637). Bell’s license to practice nursing in Nevada was suspended; she remains prohibited from practicing in that state.

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