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Washington state disciplines health-care providers

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Periodically 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 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 6th 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OLYMPIA ¾ The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (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 January 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Jill E. Bocol (RN00131423) with unprofessional conduct. Bocol allegedly didn’t comply with an agreed order requiring participation in a substance abuse monitoring program. She was convicted of driving under the influence in 2010 and third-degree malicious mischief—domestic violence in 2011.

Clark County

In January 2013 the Nursing Commission ended probation for registered nurse Fairuza M. Stevenson (RN00139022).

In February 2013 the Mental Health Counselor Program charged mental health counselor Sarah Natanyah Kohlenberger (LH60161760) with unprofessional conduct. Kohlenberger allegedly disregarded a patient’s physical condition, didn’t communicate adequately with the patient’s medical doctor, didn’t transmit significant information in an adoption proceeding, and practiced beyond the scope of her credential.

Grays Harbor County

In January 2013 the Nursing Commission reprimanded and sanctioned licensed practical nurse Darcy Jean Cleverly, also known as Darcy J. Sharp (LP00057779), for not complying with a previous stipulation.

King County

In January 2013 the Osteopathic Medicine Board charged osteopathic physician Susan Lee Mercer (OP00001089) with unprofessional conduct. Mercer allegedly didn’t provide patient records requested by a department investigator and didn’t cooperate with the investigation.

In October 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program denied Patrick Joseph Ciminera’s (CO60194295) application for chemical dependency professional trainee. Ciminera didn’t submit to a required examination.

In January 2013 the Chiropractic Commission released chiropractor Melinda A. Maxwell (CH00002064) from terms and conditions of a 2009 agreement.

Kitsap County

In January 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Reba Lee Harris (CO60154127).

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health charged physician Saad K. Alagba (MD00011480) with unprofessional conduct. Alagba allegedly pursued an inappropriate relationship with a pediatric patient’s mother.

Lewis County

In January 2013 the Dental Commission charged dental assistant Brady Aaron Morgan (D160219495) with unprofessional conduct. Morgan allegedly claimed to hold an expanded function dental auxiliary credential, but he does not. He allegedly provided treatment outside the scope of a dental assistant.

Okanogan County

In January 2013 the Pharmacy Board withdrew charges against pharmacist Keith L. Anderson (PH00016249).

Pierce County

In January 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Linda Ann Provencher (RN00176049) with unprofessional conduct. Provencher allegedly admitted to not giving a patient medication at the required time and to falsifying records to indicate she had.

 

In January 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Jodi D. Becker (NA00173708) with unprofessional conduct. Becker was convicted of third-degree criminal mistreatment, first-degree theft, and Medicaid false statement. Becker allegedly didn’t notify the patient’s primary care provider about burns a patient sustained at Becker’s Eatonville adult family home and didn’t make sure the patient received proper treatment. The patient later died.

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission withdrew charges against registered nurse and advanced registered nursing practitioner Joanne Gigi Hardtke (RN00127795, AP30006122).

In January 2013 the Nursing Commission entered into an agreement with licensed practical nurse Melenie R. Motto (LP00034378) which reinstated her credential and placed it on probation.

In January 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a credential to chemical dependency professional trainee Bernadette Lacey Cruz (CO60324514). In 2007 Cruz was convicted of cocaine possession, and bail jumping.

In January 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant James M. Stewart (NA60029197) with unprofessional conduct. Stewart pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft. He allegedly admitted to a police detective that he diverted prescription drugs for his own use that were intended for patients at the adult family home where he worked.

In January 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Katie Brooks Postler (NC60187832) with unprofessional conduct. Postler allegedly didn’t change the undergarments of a patient at the skilled nursing facility where she worked after the patient told her three times that he had soiled himself and needed his undergarments changed.

In January 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program reprimanded registered nursing assistant Wendy Lynn Bell (NA00083124) for practicing below the standard of care. Bell conceded that the adult family home that she operated had animal feces and urine on the floor which rendered conditions unsanitary. She has agreed to pay a fine which will be waived if new flooring is installed in the home.

Snohomish County

In January 2013 the Pharmacy Board ended probation for pharmacist Sandra L. Moyers, also known as Sandra L. Jakobson (PH00010121).

In January 2013 the Nursing Commission ended probation for licensed practical nurse Heather J. Cornelius (LP00046238).

Spokane County

In January 2013 the Medical Commission withdrew charges against physician Daniel H. Stoop (MD00032086).

In January 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program granted the application of chemical dependency professional trainee Daryl Scott Cline (CO60314034) and placed him on probation. In 2001 Cline was convicted of second-degree theft. In 2007 he was convicted of violating the Uniform Controlled Substances Act — deliver methamphetamine.

Thurston County

In January 2013 the Chiropractic Commission withdrew charges against chiropractor Jeffrey A. Finnigan (CH00001437).

In January 2013 the Massage Practitioner Program charged massage practitioner Britni Ann Webber (MA60100165) with unprofessional conduct. Webber allegedly didn’t comply with a previous agreement.

Out of State

Maryland: In January 2013 the Board of Pharmacy ended probation for pharmacist Jeffrey P. Yannello (PH00018138).

Oregon: In January 2013 the Nursing Commission reinstated the credential of registered nurse Suzanne G. Franklin (RN00142851) and placed her on probation for three years. Franklin surrendered her Oregon credential after making patient log errors while working at a convalescent center.

Note to Editors: 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.

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Medicaid expansion puts spotlight shortage of primary care providers

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Blue doctorBy Michael Ollove, Stateline

This story comes from our partner Stateline, the daily news service of the Pew Center on the States.

The Affordable Care Act will usher at least seven million more Americans into Medicaid next year, but the question of whether enough doctors will be there to welcome them is keeping some state health policymakers up at night.

A report published last year in Health Affairs signaled trouble ahead. According to that study by Sandra Decker, an economist at the National Center for Health Statistics, only two out of three primary care physicians surveyed in 2011 were willing to accept new Medicaid patients.

Larger numbers said they would take on new Medicare patients or see new patients with private insurance. Medicare, health care for the elderly, is a purely federal program; Medicaid, which covers many poor people, is a joint state and federal enterprise.

The latest findings are particularly worrisome because they come on top of an existing national shortage of primary care doctors. A report by the Association of American Medical Colleges found that the United States needed 9,000 more primary care doctors than it had in 2010 and projected that the shortfall would grow to nearly 30,000 in 2015, when millions more Americans will have health insurance coverage thanks to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. (The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that in 2010 there were 209,000 primary care physicians in the U.S.)

Poor compensation in relation to other specialties helps explain the primary care shortage.  Money is also a likely explanation for why those who do practice on the front lines of primary medicine are reluctant to take on new Medicaid patients.

On average, Medicaid pays physicians 59 percent of the amount Medicare pays for primary care services. And it’s not as if doctors regard Medicare as extremely generous.

Temporary Fix

The authors of the Affordable Care Act foresaw that there would be a growing shortage of primary care doctors for Medicaid when expansion occurs January 1, 2014.

That’s why the law includes a provision that raises the Medicaid fees paid to doctors practicing primary care medicine to the same levels Medicare pays for those services.

The Medicare-Medicaid match went into effect January 1 this year and will remain in effect for two years. Best of all from the states’ point of view, in most cases the federal government will bear the entire cost of that increase. (Most other Medicaid costs involve both state and federal contributions.)

As a result of the provision, Medicaid physician fees for primary care services have climbed an average of 73 percent, according to a report prepared for the Kaiser Family Foundation by the Urban Institute. It is the biggest fee increase in the history of Medicaid. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.)

But whether the pay raise will accomplish what its champions intended is hardly a given. One drawback is its sunset provision in two years. No one knows what will happen at that point. Will states be willing to contribute to the higher pay rates after two years? Will the federal government extend the pay raise?

Maybe not, says Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. “[The federal government is] going into deficit reduction mode now,” he says. “They’re not going to want to do increased spending.”

So, there is the possibility that in 2015, the primary care rates might drop to the levels that prevailed in past years, and that could affect whether doctors decide to take on new Medicaid patients in the interim. Why increase the number of Medicaid patients in your practice when you suspect your compensation for their care will plunge in 2015?

“If I choose to increase the number of Medicaid patients, and two years down the road that payment drops back to two-thirds, all of a sudden I’m going to have an awful lot of trouble keeping my doors open,” says Reid Blackwelder, a Tennessee family practitioner and incoming president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. That group supported the increased fee provision and is now lobbying to make it permanent.

The way the rate increase works is that the federal government will pay the difference between the Medicaid rates for primary care services that were in effect in each state on July 1, 2009 and whatever the Medicare rates for those same services are now. The amount varies greatly from state to state.

In 2012, the Medicaid-to-Medicare ratio ranged from a low of 37 percent in Rhode Island to a high of 134 percent in North Dakota, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation report. California, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, where almost four out of every ten Medicaid recipients live, all paid less than 60 percent of Medicare prices. Overall, the report says, nearly half of the states paid Medicaid doctors 75 percent or less of the Medicare rates.

Some States Must Pay

While the price hike is a big help to most states and most physicians, there is a catch for nine states plus the District of Columbia. Because of the recession, each of those jurisdictions reduced their Medicaid physician fees after the July 1, 2009, cut-off date. As a result, they will have to make up that difference themselves before Uncle Sam kicks in the additional money.

Arizona, for example, reduced its Medicaid rates by 11 percent after July 1, 2009 and will now have to make up that cut. Monica Coury, a spokesperson for Arizona’s Medicaid program, says that the state share for getting back to the 2009 levels will be just above $100 million over two years.

Also irksome, she adds, is the fact that the Obama Administration waited a long time to put out the technical specifications, and Arizona and many other states were not ready to start paying the higher rates on January 1. Physicians in those states will be paid the higher rates retroactively.

Washington D.C. was unlucky in terms of the July 1, 2009, date. Less than three months before that day, the city, on its own initiative, had raised its Medicaid doctor pay to match its Medicare rates. Since then, however, the city has cut the Medicaid rate by 13 percent. Like Arizona, the District will now be on the hook for the difference between the July 1, 2009, primary care Medicaid rates and those rates now.

Will the Fix Work?

But more distressing for health policy makers is that when the District of Columbia first raised its Medicaid rates to match those of Medicare, there was no significant increase in the number of primary care doctors taking Medicaid patients, according to Linda Elam, head of Medicaid services in the District. That suggests the possibility that this new bump up in Medicaid rates may not have the hoped for impact.

“There will always be a set of providers that are not interested in participating in the Medicaid program whatever the incentives,” says Elam.

In contrast, Lawrence Kissner, commissioner for Health and Family Services in Kentucky, says that his state’s Medicaid pay raise in 2005 resulted in a 36 percent increase in the number of primary care doctors accepting Medicaid patients, precisely what the ACA’s authors hope will happen now.

Unfortunately, whether the new raise in rates has the same effect nationally may not be known before 2014, when states will have to decide whether to make the higher rates permanent. “It’s not that easy to monitor Medicaid participation in a short period of time,” says Stephen Zuckerman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and co-author of the Kaiser report.

Rebecca Jaffe, a family practitioner in a three-doctor practice in Wilmington, North Carolina, says that for now she’s not going to increase the number of Medicaid patients she accepts. She’s just grateful that the increase in Medicaid rates for the present means she’ll finally be able to replace the clinic’s ancient fax machine.

While the issue of having enough doctors to cover an expanded Medicaid population is serious, many state health policy makers say they have bigger concerns. “Certainly, as is the case in any state, there are docs that will not see Medicaid patients,” says Matt Kennicott, spokesman for the New Mexico Human Services Department. “Our issue, again as is the case in many other states, is that we do not have enough primary care doctors to handle the caseload we presently have.”

Which is why some are puzzled by one of the restrictions of the health law. The rate increase applies to physicians who provide primary and pediatric care services. Only doctors whose practices comprise at least 60 percent primary care will be eligible for the Medicaid pay raise.

Not covered, however, are nurse practitioners, who often provide primary care in rural and isolated areas that do not have doctors nearby. Seventeen states allow nurse practitioners to operate independently of the supervision of physicians, but the nurse practitioners in those states will not be eligible to receive higher fees.

“We think it will limit access and does create a discriminatory aspect that shouldn’t be there,” says Jan Towers, a senior policy adviser at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Asked why she thought the nurse practitioners were excluded, Towers gave a simple answer:  money.

This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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Washington Secretary of Health Mary Selecky to retire

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Washington State Secretary of Health Mary SeleckyWashington State Secretary of Health Mary Selecky plans to retire from state service and return to her longtime home in Colville, the Washingtion State Department of Health announced Tuesday.

Selecky informed Gov. Jay Inslee of her plans this week, and has agreed to stay on until a new secretary of health is found, the department said in a press release announcing her decision.

Details from the announcement:

Selecky has served three governors since first being appointed “acting secretary” by Gov. Gary Locke in October 1998. Her nearly 15 years as Washington’s secretary of health make her one of the longest serving state health leaders in the country.

Before being named secretary, Selecky was the administrator for the Northeast Tri County Health District in our state for nearly 20 years, and marks 38 years in public service this year.

Under Selecky’s leadership, Washington’s adult smoking rate has dropped 30 percent, and youth smoking rates are down by half; childhood vaccination rates are the highest in years.

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Patient loads often at unsafe levels, hospital doctors say

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By Alvin Tran

Nearly forty percent of hospital-based general practitioners who are responsible for overseeing patients’ care say they juggle unsafe patient workloads at least once a week, according to a study published Monday as a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine.

In the study, researchers at Johns Hopkins University invited nearly 900 attending physicians, known as hospitalists, to complete an online survey that measured various characteristics, including the number of patients they thought they could manage safely during a typical shift.

Hospitalists are the physicians who coordinate a patient’s care and medications among various specialists while they’re in the hospital and oversee their transition home.

Physician and Nurse Pushing Gurney

Among the 506 doctors who completed the survey, forty percent reported that their patient workloads exceeded levels they deemed safe at least once a month.

Thirty-six percent said they exceeded their own notions of safe workloads more than once a week.

And nearly a quarter believe their workloads negatively affected patient outcomes by preventing full discussion of treatments.

“We know that with increased pressures from the health care system, with decreased reimbursement, present restrictions on work hours, and a focus on patient flow, that there is the concern that attending physician workload has increased,” said Dr. Henry Michtalik, an assistant professor of medicine and the study’s first author.

Michtalik and his colleagues also found that more than 20 percent of survey respondents believe their workload likely resulted in negative outcomes for patients by contributing to patient transfers, complications and even death.

Twenty-two percent said they’ve ordered unnecessary procedures, consultations, and other tests due to time constraints.

The study authors acknowledged, however, that the respondents were self-selected and they had no way of confirming whether the  doctors’ perceptions of risks correlated with actual risks.

“With an increased amount of patients into the health system, if there is an underlying issue with work load, we can expect it to get worse,” Michtalik added in an interview.

Though the findings don’t surprise Dr. Eugene Litvak, the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Optimization, a nonprofit research group, who said he thought the study was overdue.

“It may be common sense, but it’s important to have data to support it,” he said in an interview.

According to Litvak, physicians at hospitals across the country are regularly subjected to highly fluctuating patient demand.  “Those peaks [in demand] are mostly artificial in nature … and are the result of our mismanaged patient flow. Smoothing those peaks is the only alternative to reducing physician workloads short of hiring more physicians.”

Michtalik said the health care system has typically responded to increased costs by trying to decrease reimbursements, “assuming that providers and health care systems will become more efficient.”

“In actuality,” he said, “we may be focusing on a pennywise strategy, where we’re actually causing pounds of increased cost because of additional unnecessary testing, decreased discussions, and a paradoxical increase in costs.”

This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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Washington state disciplines health-care providers – Jan. 28 update

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Periodically 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 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 Jan 28th 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 Division works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health home page (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.

Chelan County

In January 2012 the Secretary of Health ordered James Barrett to cease-and-desist his unlicensed practice as a health care provider and pay a $1,000 fine. He advertised himself as a physical therapist and naturopathic doctor, and referred to himself as a doctor. He isn’t licensed to practice health care in Washington.

Clallam County

In December 2012 the Dental Commission immediately suspended the license of dentist Benjamin T. Bentley-Dyches (DE60195272). In October 2012 Bentley-Dyches surrendered his Colorado dental license to the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners following charges of substandard dental care in that state.

Clark County

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission immediately suspended the credential of registered nurse Christopher Lee Carlson (RN60046603). His Oregon nursing license was revoked by the Oregon nursing board in May 2012.

In November 2012 the Board of Nursing Home Administrators suspended the credential of nursing home administrator Joseph Anthony Joy(NH60017642) until he responds to an investigator’s inquiry about a complaint against him by a resident.

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission immediately suspended the credential of registered nurse Marcy C. Harris (RN00154541). In August 2012 Harris surrendered her Oregon nursing credential to the Oregon nursing board after testing positive for hydrocodone and morphine. Her employer fired her after she called in unauthorized prescriptions for Vicodin in June 2012.

Franklin County

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurse Kimberly M. Perry (RN00142012) for not complying with an agreement to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. She tested positive for substance abuse in July 2012.

King County

In December 2012 the Surgical Technologist Program indefinitely suspended the registration of Sabdaniayu Tarigan (ST00003280). She was on probation and was ordered to complete six hours of continuing education in communicating with patients, legal issues, and ethics. She didn’t submit proof that she had completed the training.

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurse Estera Gradinaru (RN00174148). She diverted liquid morphine from a patient for her own use and didn’t comply with an agreement to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credentials of registered and certified nursing assistant Karen Sue Williams(NA00194766, NC60146385) for at least five years. She moved into a client’s home and borrowed $50 from the client which she never repaid.

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Dan J. Hitchman(NC60236993). He didn’t comply with terms and conditions of his probation.

In December 2012 the Veterinary Board of Governors indefinitely suspended the credential of veterinary technician Timothy S. Rollins(AT00002064) for not complying with an agreement to enter a substance abuse monitoring program.

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Laura L. Howe (NC10067125) for at least five years. While employed as a caregiver in 2011, she neglected and abandoned a client who was a vulnerable adult. The Department of Social and Health Services entered findings against Howe that prevent her from being employed in the care of vulnerable adults, or in a position that allows unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.

Kittitas County

In December 2012 the Secretary of Health suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Michelle Irene Durfee (NA60215552) for at least two years. Durfee falsified timesheets claiming she had provided 52 hours of care to a patient and was then paid by the Department of Social and Health Services for time she didn’t work. Durfee also took a heavily medicated patient shopping and coerced the patient into buying things for her.

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of Paige Moureen Moore (RN60173310). On several occasions in 2011, Moore signed out narcotic drugs for a patient but didn’t document administering or wasting the medication.

Lewis County

In December 2012 the Secretary of Health suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Brandee L. Leal-Lopez (NC10064144) for at least two years. She entered her neighbor’s home without permission, broke into a safe, stole a pack of cigarettes, and ingested Vyvanse, a controlled substance from the neighbor’s supply.

Pierce County

In December 2012 the Massage Practitioner Program indefinitely suspended the credential of massage practitioner Jeffery A. Bray (MA00021118). Bray didn’t comply with terms of his probation.

In December 2012 the Secretary of Health permanently revoked the credentials of Jacqueline Rena Ray (LR000000588 and NA00060801), a respiratory care practitioner and registered nursing assistant. Ray was charged in August 2012 with first degree murder of her son-in-law. She’s currently in custody.

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of licensed practical nurse Joanne H. Witte (LP00045333). She didn’t comply with terms of a substance abuse monitoring program.

In December 2012 the Secretary of Health indefinitely suspended the credential of paramedic Gareth William Gabb (ES60112453). He didn’t comply with an agreement to complete coursework and reimburse program costs.

In December 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program indefinitely suspended the credential of chemical dependency professional trainee Tonya Leeann Pearson (CO60150076). She didn’t comply with an agreement to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.

Snohomish County

In December 2012 the Pharmacy Board indefinitely suspended the credential of pharmacy technician Christian A. Cliff (VA00039103). He didn’t comply with an agreement to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.

Spokane County

In December 2012 the Secretary of Health suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Tanya K. Sturm-Triano (NA60191028) for at least two years. While employed at an adult family home, she used cocaine and took about 200 hydrocodone tablets from residents for her own use.

In December 2012 the Secretary of Health revoked the credential of emergency medical technician Trevor L. Veillette (ES01175229) for at least 10 years. He was convicted of third-degree assault of a child with sexual motivation and second-degree assault of a child, both felonies.

Thurston County

In December 2012 the Department of Health indefinitely suspended the credentials of Sonia M. Whyte (LR00003355 and NA60120000), a respiratory care practitioner and registered nursing assistant. She didn’t comply with an agreed order to pay a $2,000 fine and complete college coursework.

Whatcom County

In December 2012 the Dental Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of dental assistant Melissa Raleigh Karon (D160142212). She didn’t comply with an agreement to participate in  a substance abuse monitoring program.

Out of State

Florida: In December 2012 the Nursing Commission immediately suspended the credential of registered nurse Jay W. Rydberg (RN00168233). In October 2012 the Alaska Board of Nursing denied Rydberg’s application to reinstate a lapsed credential. Rydberg attempted to get a license by fraud or deceit.

Hawaii: In December 2012 the Medical Commission suspended the credential of physician James R. Frede (MD60128691) for at least five years. In May 2012 the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation indefinitely suspended his Illinois physician’s license for prescribing lend drugs to patients over the Internet without physical exams or reviewing medical records.

New York: In December 2012 the Medical Commission immediately suspended the credential of physician William C. Baerthlein (MC00039029). Baerthlein surrendered his New York medical license in response to 13 charges by the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct, including failing to report a conviction of driving under the influence.

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Washington state disciplines health-care providers

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Periodically 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 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 Jan 24th 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 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website(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.

Adams County

In December 2012 the Dental Commission ended the probation order against dental assistant Delia Dominguez (D160200671).

Asotin County

In December 2012 the Denturist Program reinstated the license of Clinton Jerrod Olson (DN00000046) and placed it on probation for two years.

Benton County

In December 2012 the Dental Commission entered into an agreed order with dentist James WM. Huffman (DE00005580) and placed conditions against his license. He intentionally overdosed on Vicodin he took from stock at his dental practice.

Clark County

In December 2012 the Counselor Program charged agency affiliated counselor Mark Allen Grassi (CG60161098) with unprofessional conduct. Grassi allegedly used marijuana and methamphetamine.

In December 2012 the Massage Program released Amelia Courtney Soto (MA60168774) from terms and conditions set against her license.

Cowlitz County

In December 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended the probation order against chemical dependency professional trainee and chemical dependency professional Steven Michael Morrison (CO60115692, CP60214192).

Grays Harbor County

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against registered and certified nursing assistant Scott L. Stead (NA60116364, NC60175013).

King County

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program reinstated the certification of Rita Alefosio (NC10068496).

In December 2012 the Dental Commission modified the agreed order against dentist Chan K. Bae (DE00007058) and placed conditions against his license. The commission lifted some of the restrictions from a 2009 agreed order and gave him more time to pay his fines.

In December 2012 the Dental Commission ended the probation order against dentist Richard Calvo (DE00009044).

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Kevin E. Lukkes (RN60021225) with unprofessional conduct. Lukkes allegedly worked with an expired license for almost a year.

In December 2012 the Surgical Technologist Program granted the application of Laurie Lynn Murphy (ST60309037) and placed conditions against her registration with which she must comply. In 1991 her application to practice as a nursing assistant — registered was denied. She was convicted of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, possession of over 40 grams of marijuana, and theft.

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program denied the application of registered nursing assistant applicant Eneze Mwende Mwangu (NA60278039). In 2011 her certification to practice as a nursing assistant was suspended.

In December 2012 the Secretary of Health charged registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner Leslie Jean Vietmeier (RN00086540, AP30003429-AP) with unprofessional conduct. Vietmeier allegedly had a sexual relationship with a patient.

Lewis County

In December 2012 the Board of Psychology corrected the statement of charges against Richard T. Kennedy (PY00001919). He allegedly didn’t maintain appropriate boundaries with a patient, didn’t consult peers regarding care of the patient, treated the patient’s children, and didn’t report the living conditions of the patient’s children to Child Protective Services. He also didn’t provide the patient with a written treatment consent form, and provided inappropriate treatment to the patient.

Pierce County

In December 2012 the Social Worker Program granted the application of social worker associate Joseph Kim Myrick (SC60271192). Myrick must comply with an agreed order previously placed against his chemical dependency professional credential.

In December 2012 the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems, Nursing Assistant, and Health Care Assistant Programs ended the probation order against emergency medical technician, registered nursing assistant, and health care assistant Charles Andrew Siler (ES60018800, NA60231621, HC60267352).

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Tonia R. Williams (NA60274661) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly abused a vulnerable adult.

Snohomish County

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Domingo Aquino (NA60298660) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly tested positive for controlled substances during a workplace drug screening.

In December 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program released chemical dependency professional trainee Ganelle Lorae Swindler, also known as Ganelle Lorae Hansen, (CO60154058) from terms and conditions set against her certification.

Spokane County

In December 2012 the Dental Commission reinstated the registration of dental assistant Donna Jeanne Shaffer (D160140883).

In December 2012 the Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist Programs ended the probation order against mental health counselor and marriage and family therapistDarlene Anne Townsend (LH00006395, LF00001054).

Thurston County

In December 2012 the Psychology Board ended the probation order against David P. Monson (PY00001768).

Whatcom County

In December 2012 the Health Care Assistant Program entered into an agreed order with Tania A. Swanberg (HC00133167) and placed her license on probation for five years. She called in and picked up prescriptions for Zolpidem under her and her fiancé’s names without authorization on about 25 occasions.

Yakima County

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program reinstated the credential of certified nursing assistant Andrea S. Villa (NC10075593).

Out of State

California: In December 2012 the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery restricted the license of osteopath James Paul Maganito (OP60089226) for five years. During a vaginal birth, he didn’t adequately observe the fetal heart monitor, and didn’t provide sufficient documentation of delivery and changes on the fetal heart tracings. He must comply with terms and conditions set against his license.

Oregon: In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Francisca Cruz (NA60167072) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly didn’t comply with terms and conditions set against her registration.

Oregon: In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program reinstated the registration of Charles K. Kimball (NA00179462).

Saipan, Mariana Islands: In December 2012 the Medical Commission denied the physician application of Michael A. Koning (MD60308889). Koning was convicted of tax evasion in 2011.

Note to Editors: 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.

 
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State disciplines health-care providers

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Periodically 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 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 Jan 18th 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 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (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 December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Eva Barany(NC10020123) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly borrowed $2,000 from a patient and hasn’t repaid it.

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Trisha Honn (NA60202806) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly took blank prescription forms without permission, forged and filled prescriptions for Oxycodone for herself.

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission ended the probation order against registered nurseBecky Lynn Hopwood, also known as Becky Lynn Heffling (RN00137652).

Chelan County

After a hearing in December 2012, the Board of Pharmacy granted the application of pharmacy assistant Geoffrey A. MacPherson (VB60285456) and placed his credential on probation for two years. He voluntarily surrendered his license to practice as a physician in Washington in 2010.

Clallam County

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission placed the licenses of registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner Bridgett B. Kraft (RN00067557, AP30005000) on probation for three years. She didn’t complete or save chart notes, was unable to refer to past appointments because she hadn’t completed or saved chart notes, didn’t follow test results for treatment, and prescribed medication inappropriate to treating the condition.

Clark County

In December 2012 the Veterinary Board of Governors charged veterinarian Michael L. Baker(VT00006064) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly often refused to provide owners or other veterinary practices with requested patient records, or provide records in a timely manner to veterinarians. Other charges include not communicating important information about a patient directly to an owner that threatened the life of the animal.

Franklin County

In December 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program reinstated the license of chemical dependency professional Wayne A. Jenkins (CP00000981) and placed it on probation for two years.

King County

In December 2012 the Massage Practitioner Program charged Shannon Jeanne Beatty(MA60274064) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly didn’t comply with terms and conditions set against her license.

In December 2012 the Agency Affiliated Counselor Program ended the probation order againstDavid Frances Benishek (CG60126191).

In December 2012 the Chiropractic Commission charged chiropractor John M. Birkeland(CH00002297) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly didn’t comply with a prior order and didn’t submit to a health exam required by the commission.

In December 2012 the Massage Practitioner Program entered into an agreed order with Kristin K. Lee (MA60072225). She practiced as a massage therapist with an expired license. Terms of her agreement include paying a $932 fine, and taking and passing a jurisprudence exam.

In December 2012 the Secretary of Health released certified nursing assistant and chemical dependency professional trainee Fabian Lamont Miller (NC60140110, CO60250601) from conditions set against his credentials.

In December 2012 the Dental Commission entered an agreed order with dentist Sohrab Moshiri(DE00005739, GA10000161) with a general anesthesia permit, and placed conditions against hislicense and permit. Conditions include completing continuing education programs, and paying a $15,000 fine. He supervised and directed an unlicensed employee to assist him during oral surgery, performed and billed for treatments without pre-authorization from Department of Social and Health Services, and billed for treatments using procedure codes that reflected a higher service level and payment rate than justified by patient records. There were also many deficiencies found in his practice when submitting to an infection control inspection.

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission placed the credentials of registered nurse and licensed practical nurse Leonard M. Muigua (RN60106705, LP00056164) on probation. He mentally abused vulnerable adults while working in an adult family home.

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified and registered nursing assistantJamie A. Sepulveda (NC60252850, NA60241442) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly didn’t follow a patient’s care plan by not asking a second person to help for a two- person transfer. Charges say that when she tried to move the patient by herself, the patient fell and aggravated a pre-existing hip fracture.

Lewis County

In December 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program granted the application of chemical dependency professional trainee Michelle Lynn Buckholz (CO60299565) and placed her credential on probation. She was convicted of three counts of violating the Uniform Controlled Substance Act — possession of methamphetamine.

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse John A. Brucker(RN00106459) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly tested positive for marijuana during a workplace drug screening and was fired.

Okanogan County

In December 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program granted the application of chemical dependency professional trainee David F. Russell (CO60215813) and placed his credential on probation for three years. He was convicted of unlawful possession of controlled substance and violating the Uniform Controlled Substance Act — possession of methamphetamine.

Pierce County

In December 2012 the Agency Affiliated Counselor Program charged Lora Dear (CG60161805) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly entered into an inappropriate personal relationship with a patient.

Skagit County

In December 2012 the Mental Health Counselor Program ended the probation order  against licensed mental health counselor Stephen J. Ruhl (LH00006345).

In December 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program granted the application of chemical dependency professional trainee Michael Wayne Slater (CO60297742) and placed hiscredential on probation. He was convicted of burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal trespass, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance — heroin and cocaine, and 12 counts of theft.

Thurston County

In November 2012 the Health Care Assistant Program charged health care assistant Tracy Marie Hill (HC00149317) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly didn’t comply with terms and conditions set against her license.

In December 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Shamrul Neshaw Hossain (NC10049391) with unprofessional conduct. The Florida State Board of Nursing allegedly placed her certified nursing assistant license on probation.

In December 2012 the Nursing Commission reinstated the license of registered nurse Tera J. Pilon(RN60093289) with conditions that include participating in a substance abuse monitoring program.

Walla Walla County

In December 2012 the Health Care Assistant and Nursing Assistant Programs charged health care assistant and certified nursing assistant Michael Vernon Nelson (HC60109045, NC10067812) with unprofessional conduct. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, harassment, and criminal trespass.

Out of State

Indiana: In December 2012 the Nursing Commission reinstated the credential of licensed practical nurse Tiffany M. McCloud (LP00057546) and placed it on probation for two years.

New Jersey: In December 2012 the Nursing Commission reinstated the credential of licensed practical nurse Kimberly K. Martinez (LP00054708) and placed it on probation.

Oregon: After a formal hearing in December 2012, the Medical Commission placed conditions against the credential of physician Kenneth F. Wenberg (MD00025365) that include completing a records and documentation course, and submitting quarterly reports to the commission. He didn’t comply with a 2010 order.

Note to Editors: 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.

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Northwest Kidney Centers opens extensively remodeled facility at 700 Broadway

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Northwest Kidney Centers has completed an extensive remodel its facility at 700 Broadway.

The $8 million remodel of the building, known as Haviland Pavilion, includes:

  • An updated 15-station dialysis clinic.
  • Surge capacity for emergency dialysis in case a disaster makes services impossible at another dialysis facility in the region.
  • An expanded pharmacy that serves the special needs of people with chronic kidney disease, on dialysis or with a kidney transplant. Compared to the old pharmacy, capacity is now tripled.
  • A clinical research center to allow Kidney Research Institute investigators to work with Northwest Kidney Centers patients on studies and advance research.
  • New space and increased capacity for physician and clinical staff training and community and patient education, including a demonstration kitchen to show patients and their families to prepare tasty, healthy food.
  • A museum and gallery that showcase important artifacts of the medical history made at Northwest Kidney Centers.

Northwest Kidney Centers purchased the 40,000-square-foot building in 1978. The building is named for Dr. James Haviland, a founding father of Northwest Kidney Centers.

Dr. Haviland was president of the King County Medical Society in the early 1960s, at the time Dr. Belding Scribner at the University of Washington was developing technology to enable people to live indefinitely with kidney failure.

The two are credited with marshaling the community resources to create the world’s first dialysis organization 50 years ago.

The facility, which provides dialysis for some of Northwest Kidney Centers’ poorest and most at-risk patients, is one of three dialysis facilities on First Hill. The other two are located at 548 15th Ave. and at 600 Broadway.

$1.7 million of the $8 million construction cost was raised via Northwest Kidney Centers’ Transforming 700 Broadway capital campaign. More than 100 donors made gifts to the campaign

Northwest Kidney Centers provides 234,000 treatments per year to nearly 1,500 patients in its 14 dialysis centers, in 11 hospitals and in homes.

It is the largest provider of dialysis services in King and Clallam counties, and it offers one of the largest home hemodialysis programs in the United States.

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State disciplines health-care providers – Nov. 2nd update

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Periodically 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 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 November 2nd 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 Division works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section 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.

Adams County

In September 2012 the Secretary of Health withdrew charges against dental hygienist Angie Mendez (DH00006546).

Clallam County

In October 2012 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Jerry Schmidt of its intention to issue a cease-and-desist order for performing veterinary dentistry without a credential as a veterinarian or veterinary assistant. Charges allege that Schmidt was paid $150 for aligning, balancing, and correcting teeth on two horses in February 2012. He later admitted to a Department of Health investigator that he had performed equine dentistry on the two horses. He represented himself as an equine dentist and advertised his services on bulletin boards in the Port Angeles area and on his website, nwequinedentistry.us.

In October 2012 the Secretary of Health withdrew charges against certified nursing assistant Laurie N. Parr (NC10082472).

In October 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Carolyn R. Hamilton (NA00189977) for at least four years. Hamilton stole about $1,190 in money orders from a patient, and charged a personal purchase to the patient’s debit card. She pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree theft in 2012.

Clark County

In September 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Cindy Higdon (NC10079361) for at least two years. Higdon documented that she had administered medications to several boarding home residents, when she hadn’t.

In October 2012 the Secretary of Health revoked the credential of emergency medical technician David Dennis Boespflug (ES60095879) for at least 10 years. Boespflug was convicted of two felony counts of indecent liberties in 2011.

Grays Harbor County

In September 2012 the Massage Program indefinitely suspended the credential of massage practitioner Jarrid D. Horn (MA00008352). Horn billed and submitted claims of about $6,900 to the state Department of Labor and Industries for massage services he gave while his credential was expired.

King County

In October 2012 the Midwifery Program suspended the credential of midwife Amanda S. Feldmann (MW00000259) for at least five years. The program found that Feldmann provided substandard care to a mother in labor. She also allowed a woman, who is unlicensed in Washington, to serve as the primary midwife in the delivery of the baby.

In October 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Mabinty Williams (NC10093665) for at least two years. Her credential expired in September 2012 but is subject to renewal. In January 2012 Williams was caring for a five-week-old infant. The baby suffered chemical burns on her face and a torn frenulum in her mouth, requiring emergency hospitalization. In April 2012 Williams was convicted of third-degree felony assault.

In October 2012 the Medical Commission withdrew charges against physician David D. Herrington (MC00011353).

Kitsap County

In October 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of licensed practical nurse Janet M. Rhodes (LP00035580). Rhodes didn’t respond to department inquiries about an allegation that she had diverted morphine from her workplace.

Mason County

In October 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Ashley Kristina Rose Carr(NC60250737) for failing to comply with an agreement to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.

Pierce County

In October 2012 the Department of Health indefinitely suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Shallem R. Green (NC10075440) for failing to comply with an agreed order to submit quarterly progress reports.

In October 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurse Karla A. Bigley (RN00165892) for failing to comply with a reinstatement order to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. In May 2012 she tested positive for ethyl sulfate and admitted to consuming alcohol.

In September 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Jane W. Muguku (NA00154505) for at least five years. The program found that Muguku didn’t properly supervise a patient with special care needs, including being unable to read. The patient suffered from pica, a craving to eat nonfood items like toothpaste and grooming supplies. While unsupervised, the patient ate laundry detergent, which may have contributed to the patient’s death.

In October 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurse Deborah M. Asrari (RN00125941) for failing to comply with an agreed order to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.

In October 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program suspended the credential of chemical dependency professional Sandra E. Miller (CP00001666) for at least 24 months. Miller tested positive for controlled substances during a workplace drug screen and didn’t have a prescription for the drugs.

Snohomish County

In September 2012 the Nursing Commission revoked the credential of registered nurse Alieu Drammeh (RN00175081) at least five years. His credential was summarily suspended in October 2011. In July 2011 Drammeh’s Oregon nursing license was revoked for fraudulently getting his nursing license by using a forged signature and a fake social security number. While his license was suspended, he practiced nursing at skilled nursing facilities in Lynnwood and Seattle.

In September 2012 the Board of Pharmacy suspended the credentials of pharmacy assistant and pharmacy technician Melissa Retasket(VB60010626, VA60105412), also known as Melissa Rucker. She tested positive for controlled substances in a workplace drug test. She may apply for reinstatement after she has contracted with a substance abuse monitoring program.

Spokane County

In September 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Leora J. Ryan (NA00199571) for at least three years. Ryan borrowed or converted personal property from a patient and used the property for her benefit.

In August 2012 the Nursing Commission ended the probation of registered nurse Kaarene D. Parker (RN00130561).

In October 2012 the Secretary of Health suspended the credentials of registered and certified nursing assistant Kevin Anthony Lehman(NA60195367, NC60197856) for 10 years for criminal convictions and for failing to include criminal convictions on his credential applications. He was convicted of second-degree arson in 2009, and driving under the influence in 2011. In 2012 he was convicted of second-degree attempted robbery, second-degree burglary, and third-degree assault.

Stevens County

In October 2012 the Nursing Commission suspended the credential of licensed practical nurse Patricia A. Williamson (LP00057126) for at least 24 months due to a physical or mental health condition.

Out of State

Texas: In October 2012 the Medical Commission immediately suspended the license of physician and surgeon Darey A. Philbrick(MD00036145). In June 2012 he surrendered his Texas medical license in lieu of disciplinary action. The Texas Medical Board found that he violated the standard of care during a surgical procedure that harmed the patient, and didn’t keep an adequate medical record.

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Washington State disciplines health-care providers

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Periodically 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 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 October 22nd 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 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (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.

Clallam County

In September 2012 the Nursing Commission amended the statement of charges against registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner Bridgett B. Kraft (RN00067557, AP30005000-AP). Kraft allegedly failed to complete and/or save more than 1,900 chart notes regarding patient care. It’s also alleged that she didn’t process referrals, or review lab and X-ray results, in a timely way.

In September 2012 the Naturopathy Board charged Richard A. Marschall (NT00000532) with unprofessional conduct. Marschall was convicted in federal court in 2011 of causing the introduction of a misbranded drug. Marschall allegedly refers to himself as a “bariatric endocrinologist.” No board certification exists for naturopathic doctors in bariatric endocrinology.

In September 2012 the Counselor Program granted the agency affiliated counselor credential ofStephanie Marie Trumbull (CG60302475) and placed it on probation until she completes her substance abuse monitoring program.

Clark County

In September 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Danielle L. Dillehay (NC10096907) with unprofessional conduct due to a conviction for third-degree theft in 2009.

Cowlitz County

In September 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program released certified nursing assistant Amy Eleanor Newman (NC60288348) from terms and conditions set against her credential.

Island County

In September 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against registered and certified nursing assistant Crystel Marie Baldwin (NA60164164, NC60189415).

King County

In September 2012 the Pharmacy Board charged pharmacist intern, pharmacy assistant, and pharmacy technician Derek R. Adamski (IR60272932, VB60123882, VA60241606) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly diverted about 140 tablets of controlled substances from his workplace over a four-month period.

In September 2012 the Dental Commission released dentist Raymond K. Chan (DE00005695) from terms and conditions set against his license.

In September 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program granted the credential of chemical dependency professional trainee Bernita Marie Gillette-Garcia (CO60283742) and placed it on probation for at least three years. Gillette-Garcia was convicted of driving with a suspended or revoked license in 2008, two cocaine possession felonies in 2008, attempted possession of a controlled substance in 2007, and theft in 2006.

In September 2012 the Dental Commission entered into an agreed order with dentist Thoa V. Nguyen (DE00008172, CS10000405). Nguyen also holds a conscious sedation permit. Nguyen must comply with terms and conditions including completing a practice assessment, continuing education and paying a $10,000 fine.

In September 2012 the Denturist Program charged Daniel Inseong Park (DN00000312) with unprofessional conduct. Park allegedly used methamphetamines, treated patients with an expired license, and had sex with a patient during a denture consultation.

In September 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended the probation order against chemical dependency professional trainee BillieJean A. Sarden (CO60173167), also known as BillieJean Arnetha Hendricks.

In August 2012 the Sex Offender Treatment Provider and Hypnotherapy programs charged Evonne Wagner Sears (HP60154364, FC60226872, AF60133217) with unprofessional conduct. Sears allegedly said that her treatment of patients was being supervised by a licensed psychologist when in fact the psychologist had ended his supervisory role. Sears also allegedly released patient health care information without proper consent.

Kitsap County

In September 2012 the Health Care Assistant Program ended the probation order against Meagan A. Blackington (HC60160307).

In September 2012 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Janet M. Rhodes(LP00035580) with unprofessional conduct. Rhodes allegedly diverted morphine from her workplace and didn’t reply to department inquiries about it.

In September 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Valerie A. Mc Whorter(RN00086235) with unprofessional conduct. Mc Whorter allegedly took controlled substances from a medication dispensing machine on six separate occasions and didn’t document administration or wastage of the drugs.

Lincoln County

In September 2012 the Pharmacy Board began monitoring pharmacist Ted J. Bruya (PH00014225). Bruya must comply with terms and conditions set against his license for at least two years. He was ordered to pay a $6,000 fine and take eight hours of coursework each year on pharmacy law and ethics.

Pierce County

In September 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program amended the statement of charges against certified nursing assistant LaShaunda LaShae Crocklem (NC60083783). Crocklem allegedly forged documents and a letter to the Department of Social and Health Services in an attempt to get money from the agency. She also allegedly falsified records claiming she provided care for a patient.

Spokane County

In August 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program denied credential applications for registered and certified nursing assistant of Amber Michele Allenton (NA60250065, NC60296393). Allenton entered a diversion program for a charge of second-degree possession of stolen property.

In August 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program charged chemical dependency professional Amanda C. Smith (CP00006049) with unprofessional conduct for falsifying billing, services, and patient files.

Thurston County

In September 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended the probation order against chemical dependency professional trainee Lorena Kay Mize (CO60167081).

Out of state

Alaska: In September 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Alyse A. Settle(RN60172790) with unprofessional conduct. The commission alleges that Settle abandoned her duty station for more than 30 minutes and was impaired while on the job. She also allegedly diverted and self-administered morphine and Benadryl; and was in possession of other drugs.

Idaho: In September 2012 the Dental Commission granted the dental assistant credential of Breanna Fern Bailiff (D160249600) and set terms and conditions against her credential. Bailiff was convicted of second-degree theft in 2011.

Note to Editors: 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.

 

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Seattle Children’s Hospital to provide neonatal intensive care at Franciscan Health System Birth Centers

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Seattle Children’s Hospital neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners will provide 24/7 care to premature and critically ill newborns at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, and will provide 24/7 neonatal support and consultation at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Enumclaw beginning in early 2013.

This new partnership with Franciscan Health System will expand the availability of specialized neonatal care in the South Sound region through a collaborative neonatal medical team, and provide continuing education and training for Franciscan providers and staff.

In March, Franciscan received approval from the Washington State Department of Health to open a Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for premature and critically ill infants born at St. Joseph Medical Center.

The Level III designation allows the St. Joseph staff to care for newborns that are as young as 28 weeks’ gestation (born 12 weeks before the due-date) or as small as 1000 grams (2 pounds, 2 ounces). It also permits the hospital to offer more advanced care.

The 18-bed, Level II special care nursery at St. Joseph is being expanded and remodeled to include the new five-bed Level III NICU that is scheduled to open in the summer of 2013.

The Children’s team will work closely with the Franciscan team in on-site management of the daily operations of the Level II and Level lll beds at St. Joseph, and the Level II beds in the special care nursery at St. Francis Hospital.

The Franciscan Birth Centers in Tacoma, Federal Way and Enumclaw deliver more than 5,000 babies annually. More than 3,800 babies are born every year at St. Joseph Medical Center alone, making it the busiest birth center in the South Sound and the sixth-busiest in the state.

Approximately 10 percent of newborns need Level II or Level III intensive care. The addition of the Level III NICU at St. Joseph and the partnership with Children’s will help ensure that premature and critically ill newborns can receive the most advanced care where they are born, minimizing the need to transfer them to another hospital for special care.

Such transfers can be difficult and inconvenient for parents who are already emotionally stressed because their baby has been born prematurely or ill.

St. Joseph Medical Center is the fourth regional hospital with a Level III NICU to partner with Children’s neonatology services. The other NICUs are at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue and Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.

 

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Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center will cover a cochlear implant surgery live Oct. 2nd at 7 a.m., displaying images from the operation on the online photo website Instagram while narrating the procedure simultaneously on Twitter, the micro-blogging site.

The surgery, which can help restore hearing, will be performed by Dr. Douglas Backous, from the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

The online program is part of a month-long web series on hearing loss produced by the medical center. Swedish has been releasing videos discussing hearing loss and cochlear implant surgery, since early September.

The web series will end with two live, text-based chats on Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (PT) that will be led by Dr. Backous, a patient and other medical professionals.

The chat will provide the public with the opportunity to submit questions and interact with these leading hearing-loss experts, as well as view footage from a cochlear implant surgery. The chats will take place atwww.swedish.org/SwedishHear.

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Group Health Cooperative plans layoffs and cuts – Seattle Times

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Group Health Cooperative must cut $250 million over the next 16 months through layoffs, better cost control and some reorganization at the top, Seattle Times health reporter Carol Ostrom reports in today’s issue of the paper.

Ostrom writes:

Group Health, which insures about 600,000 people in Washington and has annual revenues of $3.5 billion, is aiming to climb back up to a 3 percent operating margin, Armstrong said in a Friday memo to staff, first reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal. The memo noted there had been three years of sharp declines in finances.

“This cannot continue,” Armstrong wrote. “We are better than this, and I am not going to let us have another year like this one.”

To learn more read Ostrom’s article: Group Health announces layoffs, cuts.

 

 

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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 August 21st 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 “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (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 August 2012 the Chiropractic Commission amended the statement of charges against chiropractor Russell S. Tagg (CH00002726). Tagg’s license was immediately suspended in March 2012 for alleged sexual misconduct. Charges say he touched more than one client inappropriately during massage treatments.

Clark County

In August 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Cindy Higdon (NC10079361) with unprofessional conduct. Higdon allegedly documented that she had administered medications to several patients when she hadn’t.

In August 2012 the Pharmacy Board released pharmacy technician Cory A. Reese (VA00072656) from terms and conditions set against his credential.

King County

In August 2012 the Counselor Program ended the probation order against mental health counselor associate Kathi Lee Buchanan (MC60155168).

In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program denied the registered nursing assistant credential application of Mikia Tacarra Cain (NA60273563). Cain was convicted of first-degree identity theft in 2005.

In August 2012 the Pharmacy Board ended the probation order against pharmacist intern, pharmacy assistant, and pharmacist Richard P. Cole (IR00064870, VB00052991, PH60223078).

In August 2012 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Roger S. Miller (LP00056350) with unprofessional conduct. Miller allegedly didn’t comply with a previous stipulation.

In August 2012 the Veterinary Board of Governors entered into an agreed order with veterinarian Eric E. Schneider (VT00002015). Schneider must comply with terms and conditions set against his license.

In August 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Mabinty Williams (NC10093665) with unprofessional conduct. Williams was allegedly caring for a five-week old baby, when the infant suffered chemical burns on her face and a torn frenulum in her mouth requiring emergency hospitalization. Williams was convicted of third-degree assault.

Mason County

In August 2012 the Respiratory Care Practitioner Program charged Sheila Jorgenson (LR00001508) with unprofessional conduct. Jorgenson allegedly tested positive for methadone during a workplace urinalysis.

Pierce County

In August 2012 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Ronni Marie Benson (LP00052126) with unprofessional conduct. Benson allegedly didn’t comply with a previous stipulation.

In August 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant LaShaunda LaShae Crocklem (NC60083783) with unprofessional conduct. Crocklem allegedly forged documents and a letter to Department of Social and Health Services in an attempt to get money from the agency.

In August 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Teosia Paaga (NC10068759) with unprofessional conduct. Paaga allegedly took $30 from a resident at the assisted living facility where she worked.

In July 2012 the Nursing Commission reinstated the license of licensed practical nurse Karen E. Riveness (LP00048682). Riveness must comply with terms and conditions set against her license.

Snohomish County

In August 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program reinstated the credential of registered nursing assistant Paulette L. Alston (NA00108145) and placed it on probation for at least six months. Alston must comply with terms and conditions set against her credential.

In August 2012 the Pharmacy Board ended the probation order against pharmacist Christopher M. Karwoski (PH00040262).

In August 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program denied the registered nursing assistant credential application of Amanda Rose Kullman (NA60178223). Kullman was convicted of third-degree theft in Oregon in 2004 or 2005 and third-degree theft in Washington in 2008, and didn’t disclose the convictions on her application.

Spokane County

In August 2012 the Counselor Program denied the licensed social worker credential application of Corey M. Bauer (SA60281666). Bauer’s registered counselor credential was revoked for 10 years in 2005.

In August 2012 the Chiropractic Commission entered into an agreed order with chiropractor Kevin L. Bond (CH00001649). Bond must comply with terms and conditions set against his license.

In August 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Jacob F. Colliton (NA00141987) with unprofessional conduct. Colliton allegedly sought emergency care after ingesting ecstasy. During the hospital visit, he allegedly said he had been snorting and smoking Oxycontin for several months. Colliton also allegedly failed to cooperate with an investigation.

In August 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Ashley D. Muzatko (NA60258332) with unprofessional conduct. Muzatko allegedly used a patient’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card without permission.

In August 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program denied the chemical dependency professional trainee credential application of Martina Jane Nelson(CO60264488). Nelson’s social worker license in Montana was indefinitely suspended in 2010.

Thurston County

In August 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program reinstated the credential of certified nursing assistant Pabior C. Ajang (NC10085671). Ajang must comply with terms and conditions set against his credential including participation in a substance abuse monitoring program.

In August 2012 the Counselor Program charged certified sex offender treatment provider and independent clinical licensed social worker Brian O. Cobb (FC00000165, LW00006992) with unprofessional conduct. Cobb allegedly failed to provide proper supervision, maintain client files, develop community protection contracts, and provided substandard care to several patients.

In August 2012 the Respiratory Care Practitioner Program charged Carolyn R. Parris (LR00003991) with unprofessional conduct. Parris allegedly failed to comply with a previous stipulation.

Out of state

Florida: In August 2012 the Medical Commission charged physician Darrin L. Frye (MD60041498) with unprofessional conduct. Frye’s license to practice medicine in Florida was suspended.

Note to Editors: 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.

The Department of Health website (www.doh.wa.gov) is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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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 August 21st 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 “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (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.

Chelan County

In June 2012 the Veterinary Board of Governors granted the credential of veterinarian Bryce Willard Davisson (VT60037356). Davisson must comply with terms and conditions set against his license.

In July 2012 the Secretary of Health charged physician Amy E. Hutton (MD00041306) with unprofessional conduct. Hutton allegedly engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a patient.

Clark County

In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program granted the credential of certified nursing assistant April Dawn Mesick (NC60288375). Mesick must comply with terms and conditions set against her credential.

Jefferson County

In July 2012 the Dental Hygienist Program charged Lynn Allison Clendenen (DH00002021) with unprofessional conduct. Clendenen allegedly provided dental hygiene services to patients without a dentist’s supervision and provided a department investigator with misleading supervision documents.

King County

In July 2012 the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Program granted the credential of emergency medical technician Nicholas Benjamin Augustavo (ES60273601) and placed it on probation for two years. Augustavo was convicted of two counts of fourth-degree assault. Augustavo must comply with terms and conditions set against his credential.

In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program released registered nursing assistant Kaleb W. Asefa (NA00201377) from terms and conditions set against his credential.

In July 2012 the Physical Therapy Board charged physical therapist Steven Dennis Lee (PT00006110) with unprofessional conduct. Lee allegedly diverted Vicodin and Oxycontin from patients on more than one occasion.

In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Marie G. Johnson (NA00168789) with unprofessional conduct. Johnson was convicted of second-degree identity theft in 2011, and second and third-degree theft in 2011.

In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program granted the credential of certified nursing assistant Saradia Lehtinen (NC60188538) and placed it on probation until December 2013. Lehtinen was convicted of second-degree attempted theft in 2010. Lehtinen must comply with terms and conditions set against her credential.

In July 2012 the Health Care Assistant Program granted the credential of Nika Marie Onka (HC60286935) and placed it on probation for three years. Onka must comply with terms and conditions set against her credential.

In July 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Noreen T. Piano (RN00111291) with unprofessional conduct. Piano allegedly diverted drugs while working at a healthcare facility.

In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant and Surgical Technologist Programs charged registered nursing assistant and surgical technologist Angela Maria Singleton (NA60155771, ST60142076) with unprofessional conduct. Singleton allegedly took multiple blank prescription forms without permission and used them for controlled substance prescriptions for herself, filling them at a pharmacy on several occasions.

Kitsap County

In July 2012 the Dental Commission charged dentist Seok W. Nichols (DE00010224) with unprofessional conduct. Nichols provided substandard care to two patients.

Lewis County

In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program granted the credentials of registered and certified nursing assistant Jeremy James Veigel (NA60256354, NC60266659) and placed them on probation for one year. Veigel was convicted of second-degree theft in 2007. He must comply with terms and conditions set against his credentials.

Mason County

In July 2012 the Massage Program amended the statement of charges against Mark Satterlund (MA00010520). Satterlund was convicted of two counts of first-degree child molestation, one count of third-degree child molestation, five counts of fourth-degree assault, and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes in 2012.

Pierce County

In July 2012 the Chiropractic Commission released chiropractor Steve C. Baek (CH00034360) from terms and conditions set against his credential.

In July 2012 the Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery Board charged osteopathic physician and surgeon Scott L. Havsy (OP00000878) with unprofessional conduct. Havsy allegedly includes advertising medical marijuana on a website promoting his services.

In July 2012 the Pharmacy Board charged pharmacy technician Kori A. Tainter (VA00045453) with unprofessional conduct. Tainter allegedly failed to comply with a previous order.

Spokane County

In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against registered nursing assistant Kaila Marie Bonin (NA60191340).

In July 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended the probation order against chemical dependency professional trainee Deborah Christine Olin (CO60153910).

In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against registered nursing assistant William T. Penick (NA60050941).

Whatcom County

In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Angela P. Winther (NC10073267) with unprofessional conduct. In 2012, Winther was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver — methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver – marijuana. She also allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana during a workplace drug test.

Yakima County

In July 2012 the Medical Commission charged physician James H. Mafera (MD00048625) with unprofessional conduct. Mafera allegedly wrote escalating amounts of narcotic prescriptions with early refills for a patient, with whom he was having a personal relationship. Mafera also allegedly prescribed medication without a proper examination, lab work, studies, treatment planning, and/or consultation with the patient’s other care providers.

In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against registered nursing assistant Teresa Solis (NA10029037).

Out of state

Maryland: In June 2012 the Medical Commission charged physician Mark R. Geier (MD60041602) with unprofessional conduct. Geier’s license to practice medicine in Maryland is suspended, and Geier allegedly failed to provide a list of patients he has treated in Washington at the request of the commission.

Maryland: In June 2012 the Medical Commission charged physician John L. Young (MD60187941) with unprofessional conduct. Young allegedly failed to respond to a request from the commission for patient records.

Oregon: In July 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program granted the credential of certified nursing assistant David Paul Brimer (NC60266328). Brimer was convicted of second-degree burglary. He must comply with terms and conditions set against his credential.

Note to Editors: 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.


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