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State revokes licenses of 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 June 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.

Asotin County

In May 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurse Cris Jean Camerlo (RN00115153). Camerlo’s license to practice as a nurse was revoked in Idaho due to habitual use of alcohol or drugs; possessing or administrating prescription drugs to any person, including self, without authorization; failing to make or keep accurate records; and taking drugs without authorization.

Grant County

In May 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of nursing assistant Corina J. Arredondo (NA00176153) for at least five years. Arredondo was convicted of violating a domestic violence protection order and unlawful imprisonment.

In May 2013 the secretary of Health suspended the credential of nursing assistant Melissa Sue Garza (NA60274649) for at least three years. Garza is being disciplined for sexual misconduct after she spoke to a client about sexual matters and shoved the client’s head into her breasts.

Island County

In May 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of licensed mental health counselor Holly Vashti George aka Holly Vashti Jones (LH60150698) for at least one year. Vashti George was found to have ignored professional boundaries with a vulnerable client.

King County

In May 2013 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the credential of massage practitioner Nicholas V. Myers (MA00023076), who was charged with touching a client inappropriately during massage sessions.

In May 2013 the secretary of health denied a request to reactivate the credential of denturist Daniel Inseong Park (DN00000312). Even though Park’s license to practice as a denturist expired in April 2009, he continued to treat patients and had sexual relations with a patient during a denture consultation.

In May 2013 the Unlicensed Practice Program issued a notice of intent to issue a cease-and-desist order on Huifeng Qi who is alleged to have been practicing massage without a license. Qi is not a licensed massage practitioner in the state of Washington and has never held such a credential.

In May 2013 the Unlicensed Practice Program issued a notice of intent to issue a cease-and-desist order on Fanping Zou who is alleged to have been practicing massage without a license. Zou is not a licensed massage practitioner in the state of Washington and has never held such a credential.

In May 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of nursing assistant Asmarch Akal Tafere (NC60090030) for at least five years. Tafere was convicted of theft in the first degree after misappropriating more than $754,000.00 from her niece’s trust fund.

In May 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurseJennifer K. Watkins (RN00150630). Watkins failed to appropriately document patient information — treatments or administration or wastage of medication — in accordance with nursing standards and was also found to have misappropriated medication.

Kitsap County

In May 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of nursing assistant Sandra D. Hinkle(NA00055469) until she has undergone a psychological evaluation. Hinkle was charged with first degree child molestation. This case was dismissed after the court found that Hinkle was not competent to stand trial due to a mental disease or defect.

Lewis County

In May 2013 the Nursing Commission suspended the credential of registered nurse Susan Marie Taylor (RN00099538) for at least two years. Taylor didn’t comply with an agreement to participate in the Washington Health Professional Services program.

Mason County

In May 2013 chemical dependency professional trainee David Alan Scratchley (CO60124992) surrendered his credential to practice in the state of Washington. Scratchley pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to attempted child molestation in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance.

Pierce County

In May 2013 the Nursing Commission suspended the credential of registered nurse Michelle R. Gibson (RN00157088) for at least two years. Gibson didn’t comply with Substance Abuse Referral Contract that required her to complete the Washington Health Professional Services (WHPS) Program.

In May 2013 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the credential of nursing Karyn K. Kuklish (NA00178856), who didn’t comply with terms and conditions in a 2012 Stipulation to Informal Disposition.

In May 2013 the Nursing Commission denied the application of David Dave Macadiz Lerias(application RN60325108) to practice as a registered nurse. Macadiz Lerias failed to show he met the licensing qualifications to practice as a registered nurse.

In May 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of nursing assistant Stacie L. Mace(NA00126502) for at least three years. Mace failed to stop delivery of controlled substances intended for a patient who was not living in the facility she managed. She also failed to account for the medications that were delivered.

Skagit County

In May 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of nursing assistant Lyndsi M. Foster(NC10097151) for at least two years. Foster confessed to law enforcement that she stole multiple fentanyl patches from patients while she worked as a certified nursing assistant at Life Care Center of Mount Vernon.

Snohomish County

In May 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nursePatricia Anne Ainsley (RN00098894). Ainsley failed to properly administer medications and to properly record the administration of medications.

In May 2013 Secretary of Health withdrew the Statement of Charges issued against massage practitioner Amenia Renfro-Mandregan (MA00025325) after Renfro-Mandregan came into compliance with the Stipulation to Informal Disposition filed in 2011.

Spokane County

In May 2013 the Secretary of Health suspended the credential of nursing assistant Laura Louise Akins (NA60206812) for at least two years. Akins stole from patients and another employee while working at Lighthouse Adult Family Home in Spokane.

In May 2013 the Chiropractic Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of chiropractorStephen F. Renner (CH00001206). Renner didn’t comply with an order entered in Aug. 2011.
Thurston County

In May 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of certified sex offender treatment provider and licensed social worker Brian O. Cobb (FC00000165 and LW00006992) for at least three years. Cobb failed to adequately supervise affiliate, failed to maintain client records and committed unprofessional conduct with several of his clients.

In May 2013 the secretary of health suspended credential of nursing assistant-registered and nursing assistant-certified Joshua Michael Rancour (NC60259875 and NA60245221) each for five years. Rancour had sexual relations with a patient while working as a nursing assistant at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Centralia.

Yakima County

In May 2013 the Nursing Commission withdrew the Statement of Charges against registered nurseEllen N. Mallonee (RN0047616).

In May 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of nursing assistant Shirley Joanne Stankiewicz (NA60096892) for at least 42 months. Stankiewicz unlawfully entered the home of her patients and stole drugs.

Out of State

Oregon: In May 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurse Thaddeus R. Kwiecinski (RN00070153). Kwiecinski surrendered his credential to practice as a registered nurse in Oregon for unprofessional conduct after he tested positive for benzodiazepines and marijuana during a random employee drug screen. Kwiecinski can petition for reinstatement of his registered nurse credential upon full reinstatement of his registered nurse credential in Oregon.

Oregon: In May 2013 Medical Quality Assurance Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of physician and surgeon Ronald Killen (MD00024467). Killen voluntarily withdrew from the practice of medicine in Oregon while under investigation and has subsequently had his license to practice as a physician and surgeon in the State of Louisiana suspended.

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Washington state revokes licenses of healthcare 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 May 8th 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.

Asotin County

In April 2013 the Nursing Commission immediately suspended the credential of registered nurse Cris Jean Camerlo (RN00115153) until a final sanction is entered. Camerlo’s credential has been revoked by Idaho. She has the opportunity to defend against the Washington charges.

Benton County

In April 2013 the Unlicensed Practice Program ordered Colleen Partridge-Staudinger to cease and desist from any and all practice of medicine in Washington. Partridge-Staudinger was found to have injected individuals with botulinum toxin type A for cosmetic purposes on at least four occasions between June 2011 and May 2012. She holds no health care credential in this state.

Clark County

In April 2013 the Veterinary Board amended the statement of charges on veterinarian Michael L. Baker (VT00006064), who is alleged to have committed unprofessional conduct and may defend against these charges.

In April 2013 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the credential of nursing assistant Derrick Bohrer (NA60061372). While working at an assisted living facility, Bohrer was charged with diverting patient medication, and tested positive during a drug screening for controlled substances.

King County

In April 2013 the Chiropractic Commission withdrew a statement of charges issued on chiropractor Steve C. Baek (CH00034360) in October 2012. Based on further review of the matter, the commission decided to withdraw the charges.

In April 2013 the Nursing Commission suspended indefinitely the credential of registered nurse Mary Jane S. Bartose (RN60089672). Bartose didn’t comply with an agreement to enroll and participate in the Washington Health Professional Services monitoring program.

In April 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurse Zenaida Robancho Caoagdan (RN00100411). Caoagdan did not comply with an agreed order.

In April 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of nursing assistant Abraham Del Transit Ulloa a.k.a. Adelmo Ulloa-Duran (NA60209665) for 20 years. Del Transit Ulloa was convicted of two counts of child rape, a Class A felony.

In April 2013 the Unlicensed Practice Program issued a permanent notice to cease-and-desist on Allison Dannielle Grassi, who was practicing as a midwife without a license.

In April 2013 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the credential of nursing assistant Karen S. Utter (NA00196863), who didn’t comply with an agreement to complete Department of Social and Health Services online Nurse Delegation Training.

In April 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurse Kathie L. Zeman (RN00128487), who committed unprofessional conduct while working as an on-call triage nurse.

Pierce County

In April 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the credential of nursing assistant Pamela Marie Blakey (NC10030357). Blakey physically abused a vulnerable adult while working as a nursing assistant at Regency at Tacoma Rehabilitation Center.

In April 2013 the Board of Pharmacy suspended the credential of pharmacy assistant Donna Kay Styles (VB60186550) for at least one year. Styles diverted controlled substances from stock bottles and customers’ filled prescriptions while working as a pharmacy assistant at a retail pharmacy.

Snohomish County

In April 2013 the Veterinary Board suspended the credential of veterinary medication clerk Molly Rae White (VM60252424) for at least two years. White diverted the drug propofol while working at a veterinary hospital.

Thurston County

In April 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of licensed practical nurse Beatrice Elizabeth Safford (LP00044634). Safford didn’t comply with an agreement to successfully complete the Washington Health Professional Services monitoring program.

Whatcom County

In April 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of nursing assistant Jeffery Emerson(NA60203706) for at least five years. Emerson exploited a vulnerable person while employed at Louisa House in Whatcom County.

Yakima County

In April 2013 the Nursing Commission suspended the credential of registered nurse Hope R. Whitaker (RN00113024) for at least two years. Whitaker didn’t comply with an agreement to comply with a monitoring contract.

Out of State

Arizona: In April 2013 the Nursing Commission vacated a final order that suspended the credential of registered nurse Benson Chege Kiarie (RN60313559). The final order was entered before the Department of Health learned that Kiarie had died in November 2012.

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State health officials ask for public’s assistance preventing substandard care

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red-telephoneFrom the Washington State Department of Health

The Department of Health is looking to stamp out substandard health care by health professionals and facilities in our state, and needs help from the public to do so.

Most of the 380,000 health care providers working in 83 health professions in our state provide safe, quality care and don’t have any difficulties.

That’s also true for the 7,000 facilities, which includes hospitals, animal control facilities, correctional facilities, nursing homes, pharmacies, and many others overseen by the state.

But when something goes wrong, state health officials want to know so they can do what’s necessary to ensure patient safety. The agency’s mission is to protect and improve the health of people in Washington, and state health officials want to be sure that if anyone has a complaint about a provider or facility, they know what to do.

“Patient safety is our highest priority,” says Secretary of Health John Wiesman. “When someone makes a complaint about possible substandard care by a health care provider or facility, they’re helping protect other patients in our state.”

Reports can be filed online or by phone 1-360-236-4700. As with most states, disciplinary action against health professionals in Washington is complaint-driven; the state health department reviews nearly 9,000 complaints and inspects thousands of facilities yearly.

Staff that work in the call center at the Department of Health respond to thousands of complaint-related phone calls and emails annually.

“We want and need to hear from the public if a provider or facility isn’t meeting standards,” noted Wiesman. “Our focus is ensuring safe, competent care for all patients. If there’s an issue, we want to know about it so we can prevent more problems from happening.”

It’s important to report problems as soon as possible after an incident to keep details fresh and accurate and to provide the information needed to help resolve the complaint or concern.

If a person is unsure of whether or not to file a complaint, they can call 1-360-236-4700 and speak to a customer care specialist.

Anyone who knows about an incident or event that involves substandard care or unprofessional conduct at a health care facility or with a health care professional may file a complaint.

The Department of Health encourages people to be check out their health care provider in advance by using the license Provider Credential Search on the agency website to see if disciplinary action has been taken.

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Washington state revokes licenses of healthcare 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 April 26 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.nThis 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 March 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurseDarcy A. Rathka (RN60028951). She didn’t comply with terms of a substance abuse monitoring program and tested positive for alcohol use.

Clallam County

In April 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant April Lynn Price (NA60046479) for at least five years. Price was found guilty of violating a protection order and fourth-degree assault, domestic violence.

In April 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant James L. Still (NA00109505) for at least 24 months. While working as a caregiver for residents requiring 24-hour supervision, he left his worksite and was involved in a traffic accident. He was later convicted for driving under the influence.

Clark County

In March 2013 the secretary of health ordered that Holly A. Briggs cease-and-desist the unlicensed practice of massage. Briggs was also fined $500.

In April 2013 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the credential of agency affiliated counselor Mark Allen Grassi (GC60161098). While employed with Lifeline Connections, a substance abuse treatment agency, Grassi discovered marijuana on the ground. Instead of disposing of it, which is the agency’s protocol, he kept it. Over the next two weeks he smoked the marijuana and admitted to consuming methamphetamine.

In April 2013 Nelly C. Beebe (NA60004260) voluntarily surrendered her nursing assistant credential. While providing care for a group home resident who was a vulnerable adult, Beebe used forceful contact out of frustration with the patient. The Department of Social and Health Services prohibited her from being employed in a position that involved care of vulnerable adults.

King County

In April 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of massage practitioner Fei Fei Liu(MA60180016) for at least 12 months. Liu owned Relaxation Foot Spa in Puyallup and employed someone who was not a licensed massage practitioner; Liu pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to employing an unlicensed massagist.

In March 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of certified nursing assistantGurwinder Kaur (NC10096171) for at least two years. In 2011 Kaur attempted to transfer a patient by herself even though the patient’s care plan required two people for the transfer. The mechanical transfer device fell on the patient, injuring the patient’s hand. The Department of Social and Health services found that Kaur had neglected the patient and restricted Kaur from being employed in the care of vulnerable adults.

In March 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurseAnna-Mari J. Balagot (RN00103775), who didn’t comply with an agreement to complete a refresher course.

Okanogan County

In April 2013 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the credential of chemical dependency professional Miguel A. Sanchez (CP00003267), who didn’t respond to a department inquiry about a complaint against his practice.

Pacific County

In March 2013 the Nursing Commission suspended the credential of registered nurse Karol Lynn Stover (RN00103574) for at least 24 months. In June 2012, while employed at Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco, she tested positive for methamphetamine use.

Pierce County

In March 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant April Bell (NAC.NA.10055870) for at least three years. While employed as a support counselor for an agency that served people with disabilities, Bell physically abused a client she transported to a Seattle cancer care facility. The Department of Social and Health Services prohibited her from caring for vulnerable adults.

In March 2013 the Nursing Commission immediately suspended the credential of registered nurseMonica Rae Medeiros (RN60269229). In December 2012 the Virginia Board of Nursing indefinitely suspended her Virginia credential after finding she had diverted drugs and abused substances.

In March 2013 the Nursing Commission suspended the credential of licensed practical nurseStephanie L. Henzel (LP00036991) for at least three years. She has felony convictions for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, second-degree theft, and second-degree identity theft.

In April 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of agency affiliated counselor Lora Dear (CG60161805) for at least five years. While employed by Valley Cities in 2010, Dear was involved in an inappropriate personal relationship with a patient she was treating in a domestic violence treatment program.

Snohomish County

In April 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of registered nursing assistantSamson Kibet Chemonges (NA60078966) for at least two years. In November 2012 the Department of Social and Health Services found that Chemonges neglected a vulnerable adult while employed by Ambitions of Washington. Chemonges may not be employed in the care of vulnerable adults.

Spokane County

In April 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Corey A. Holten (NC10036824) for at least 10 years. Holten was convicted of attempted first degree assault-domestic violence after he violated a protection order, went to his ex-wife’s residence, pushed a gun into her chest, and threatened to kill her.

Thurston County

In March 2013 the secretary of health ordered Maoxing Xing to cease-and-desist the unlicensed practice of massage and pay a $1,000 fine.

Out of State

Arizona: In March 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nurse Andrea M. McGonigle (RN60001678). While working as an agency nurse assigned to Allenmore Hospital in 2010, McGonigle didn’t follow protocol for administering lorazepam for a patient’s alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The patient had an allergic reaction that was discovered by another nurse.

Maryland: In April 2013 the Medical Commission immediately suspended the credential of physicianJohn L. Young (MD60187941). In February 2013 the Maryland Board of Physicians suspended his Maryland medical license.

New York: In March 2013 the Medical Commission reinstated the credential of physician William C. Baerthlein (MD00039029), placed his license on probation, and fined him $2,000. He surrendered his New York medical license after admitting that he violated a previous order requiring him to be “alcohol-free.” He also failed to report an offense of driving while impaired. Terms of Baerthlein’s probation include participating in a substance abuse monitoring program.

Oregon: In March 2013 the Nursing Commission immediately suspended the credential of registered nurse Thaddeus R. Kwiecinski (RN00070153). He voluntarily surrendered his Oregon nursing license after testing positive for benzodiazepines and marijuana without prescriptions for either substance.

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New online database reveals thousands of hospital violation reports

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Sign for an emergency room.By Christine Vestal
Stateline Staff Writer

Hospitals make mistakes, sometimes deadly mistakes.  A patient may get the wrong medication or even undergo surgery intended for another person.  When errors like these are reported, state and federal officials inspect the hospital in question and file a detailed report.

Now, for the first time, this vital information on the quality and safety of the nation’s hospitals has been made available to the public online.

A new website, www.hospitalinspections.org, includes detailed reports of hospital violations dating back to January 2011, searchable by city, state, name of the hospital and key word.

Previously, these reports were filed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and released only through a Freedom of Information Act request, an arduous, time-consuming process.

Even then, the reports were provided in paper format only, making them cumbersome to analyze.

Release of this critical electronic information by CMS is the result of years of advocacy by the Association of Health Care Journalists, with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

The new database makes full inspection reports for acute care hospitals and rural critical access hospitals instantly available to journalists and consumers interested in the quality of their local hospitals.

The database also reveals national trends in hospital errors. For example, key word searches yield the incidence of certain violations across all hospitals.  A search on the word “abuse,” for example, yields 862 violations at 204 hospitals since 2011.

Once they receive a complaint, federal and state inspectors attempt to discover the cause of a hospital error or violation. For example, poor safety procedures result in thousands of patients slipping and falling each year in U.S. hospitals, and poor sterilization methods cause thousands more to contract infections. Poor administrative procedures can result in patients receiving wrong treatments.

Once the causes of specific problems are determined, federal and state authorities require hospitals to file a plan to correct them.  These plans still remain under wraps, as do inspection reports on psychiatric hospitals and long-term care hospitals.

Also unavailable are the results of complaint-based and routine inspections by the nation’s largest private hospital accreditation organization, The Joint Commission.

Because the commission is a private entity, it is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.  For this reason, the health care journalism association has launched a new effort to gain the release of these reports on hospital quality and safety.

The commission has rejected two previous requests by the journalism group saying disclosure of the information would hamper its efforts to improve hospital quality.

Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.

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State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of 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 5th 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 ¾ 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 theDepartment 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.

Benton County

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health denied the nursing assistant application of Linda Diane Duty (NA60196220) because of a 2005 felony conviction for first-degree theft.

Clark County

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Justin A. Alzaidi (NA60216569) for at least two years. He mixed up medications for two residents in the adult family home he owned, and didn’t watch the residents take their medications, resulting in one resident needing to be hospitalized. He threatened another resident who confronted Alzaidi about the error.

Franklin County

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Amanda L. Perez-Leon (NA00106161) for at least five years. In May 2012 while providing in-home care to a patient, Perez-Leon took $600 in cash without permission. Perez-Leon had felony convictions for possession of stolen property, and methamphetamine possession, and gross misdemeanor convictions for shoplifting and theft from 2002 and 2011, which weren’t reported to the Department of Health as required.

King County

In January 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program placed registered and certified nursing assistant Jamie A. Supulveda (NC60252850, NA60241442) on probation for at least 36 months. While employed at a skilled nursing facility, she attempted to move a resident who required two people to move. As a result, the resident worsened a pre-existing hip injury. Terms of her probation include taking continuing education classes and submitting quarterly performance reports.

In February 2013 the Department of Health suspended the credential of massage practitioner Fang Lin (MA60074112) for at least five years and ordered her to pay a $5,000 administrative fine. In 2011, while she was owner and manager of Zen Spa in Lynnwood she provided sexual services for a fee.

In February 2013 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of Jennifer J. Micomi-Owens (RN00119641) for not complying with an agreement to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.

In February 2013 the Board of Physical Therapy suspended the credential of physical therapist Steven Dennis Lee (PT00006110) for at least two years. He took several Vicodin and Oxycontin tablets, a controlled substance, from patients for his own personal use.

In February 2013 the Chiropractic Commission suspended the credential of chiropractor David Mark Silverstein (CH00002447) for at least two years and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine. In September 2012 Silverstein pleaded guilty and was convicted of theft of government funds. For several years, he fraudulently posed as the landlord for a woman he was in a romantic relationship with, allowing her to receive housing assistance she wasn’t qualified for.

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health suspended the credentials of Evonne Wagner Sears (HP60154363, AF60133217, FC60226872), a sex offender treatment provider and hypnotherapist, until she’s met conditions including completing 1,500 hours of education. Once coursework is completed, she must be monitored for at least two years while practicing as a sex offender treatment provider and hypnotherapist. The Sex Offender Treatment Provider Program and Registered Hypnotherapist Program found that Sears practiced as a provider without required supervision by a psychologist. She also disclosed treatment records about one of her patients to a divorce attorney without the patient’s permission.

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health placed one of the credentials of certified nursing assistant Nora Okyere (NC10053251, NC10024915, NC10019481) on probation for at least four years, and permanently revoked credentials under the names Cecilia Resberg and Cecilia D. Bekoe. She misrepresented information in her applications for the two revoked credentials. She was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and complete coursework in legal issues and ethics.

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health suspended the credentials of certified and registered nursing assistant Christopher Cavalieri (NA60138587, NA60075746) for at least two years. While employed at a skilled nursing facility, Cavalieri borrowed about $240 from three residents and used controlled substances without a prescription.

Klickitat County

In February 2013 physician assistant David J. Tuning (PA10001203) voluntarily surrendered his license to the Medical Commission. While employed with a family medicine clinic owned by Klickitat Valley Hospital, Tuning conducted a sexual relationship with a patient.

Lewis County

In January 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of Miranda Mae Klemola (NA60287635, NC60195622), a registered and certified nursing assistant, until she has completed continuing education classes in anger management, and patient rights and dignity. In February 2012, while employed at a skilled nursing facility, she acted below the standard of care when she became impatient with a resident, yelled at him, used profanity, and pushed him. The resident wasn’t injured.

Lincoln County

In January 2013 the Nursing Commission suspended the credential of registered nurse John A. Brucker (RN00106459) for at least 24 months. Brucker tested positive for marijuana after reports of erratic behavior while at work.

Pierce County

In January 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Cody L. Burnett (NC10054798) for at least two years. She mentally and verbally abused vulnerable adults while employed in a supported living facility in 2011.

In February 2013 the Nursing Commission immediately suspended the credential of licensed practical nurse Ashley Kay Hutchison (LP60306027). In September 2012 the Oklahoma Board of Nursing accepted the voluntary surrender of her practical nursing credential. Earlier in 2012 Hutchison called in six unauthorized prescriptions for controlled substances for herself and a friend.

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Lashaunda Lashae Crocklem (NC60083783)for at least two years. While employed by Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community from 2009 to 2011, she forged a letter starting she wasn’t currently working for medical reasons and an employment verification form in an attempt to get financial assistance from the Department of Social and Health Services. She also falsely claimed to provide private in-home care for a resident.

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health indefinitely suspended the credential of sex offender treatment provider Lang Taylor (FC00000022). In July 2011 a client paid Taylor $650 to conduct a psychosexual evaluation and provide a copy to the client’s community corrections officer. In September 2011 Taylor told the client he was retiring but would finish the evaluation. He didn’t complete the evaluation or give it to the community corrections officer.

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health suspended the credential of dental hygienist Deborah J. Almario (DH00006246) for at least six months during which time she is required to enroll in a substance abuse monitoring program. If she applies for reinstatement, she’ll be placed on probation for at least 42 months. Almario provided dental services to a patient in a dentist’s office without his knowledge, or permission, took dental supplies from his office and gave them to the patient, and bought and delivered a controlled substance through an online pharmacy without a valid prescription. She also used the patient’s debit card for the purchase of controlled substances without the patient’s permission.

Spokane County

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health suspended the credentials of registered and certified nursing assistant Miranda Ruth Crigger (NA60104836, NC60128270) for at least five years. She was convicted of third-degree possession of stolen property and didn’t report it to the Department of Health, as required.

In January 2013 the Department of Health indefinitely suspended the credentials of registered and certified nursing assistant James L. Sale (NC60017246, NA00192552). He didn’t comply with an order to complete coursework and submit quarterly reports.

Thurston County

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Rebecca J. Elam (NC10102470) for at least two years. She didn’t comply with an agreement to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health ordered Tricha Baker to cease and desist the unlicensed practice as a veterinary technician and fined her $500. From 2006 to 2012, she performed duties that require a license including anesthesia monitoring, dispensing prescription drugs, administering controlled substances, and conducting diagnostic procedures.

In January 2013 the Secretary of Health ordered Tao Wang to cease and desist the unlicensed practice of massage and fined Wang $1,000.

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health ordered Xia Li to cease and desist the unlicensed practice of massage and fined Li $1,000.

Yakima County

In February 2013 the Secretary of Health indefinitely suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Erika G. Amaro (NA60198158). She didn’t comply with terms of her probation.

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Washington doctors and nurses can now renew licenses online

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As of today, physicians and registered nurses in Washington state can now renew their licenses online 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, instead of having to mail or bring in their annual renewal forms.

All told, 44 of the 85 different types of health care professions in Washington can now use the web-based process.

The remaining 41 professions will be added over the next six months, Washington State health officials said, and by March 2013, online license renewal will be available to all health care professionals in Washington.

By next June, new applications for health care licenses will also be available online for several categories of health care providers, there said.

The Washington State Department of Health online renewal page can be found here.

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Physicians healthier than nurses, other workers – survey

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By Shefali S. Kulkarni

Are doctors following the same health and wellness advice they give to their patients? Based on new Gallup data, physicians appear to be in better health than other members of the workforce – even nurses– which could set a good example for patients.

Gallup interviewed more than 1,900 physicians and more than 7,100 nurses over the course of eight months as part of their Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

They compared the responses of these health care professionals to other people who were employed during that time period to see how the health of medical workers stacked up.

The index was divided into physical health issues — which looked at obesity, illnesses that impede normal activities and the number of sick days taken in the past month — and healthy behaviors such as smoking, eating habits and exercise.

As far as self-reported healthy behaviors, less than 5 percent of the physicians responded that they were smokers, whereas 15 percent of nurses said they were.

When asked if they ate healthy foods all day the previous day, 66 percent of physicians said they did compared to 59 percent of nurses. Under the physical categories, 13 percent of physicians reported they were obese compared to 25 percent of nurses and employed adults.

The physicians’ low rate of self-reported obesity trickled down into lower incidence of other health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma.

Less than 5 percent of the physicians responded that they were smokers, whereas 15 percent of nurses said they were.

The only metric where physicians scored poorly was related to cancer.  Six percent of physicians reported they were diagnosed with some form of cancer, a higher rate than nurses and other workers.

This finding, according to Gallup, could reflect “environmental and lifestyle factors unique to doctors,” but does not take into account doctor’s vigilance in getting cancer screenings or whether they are more attuned to warning signs.

The health and well-being of physicians is a growing concern for health care experts. Medical groups like the American Medical Association focus on tools to reduce physician burnout, suicide and stress-related ailments as well as ensuring that doctors set good examples for their patients

“A physician’s personal health is an important component of health promotion and disease prevention, because physicians are important role models for patients and their peers,” said AMA Board Chair Dr. Steven J. Stack in a statement.

The Gallup data show that physicians are making healthier lifestyle choices which can impact the care and education the deliver to their patients. Studies have shown that poor physician health leads to poor delivery of care.

January study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health indicates that a doctor’s weight can impact how they deliver care and diagnoses for obesity. “Physicians with normal [body mass index] also have greater confidence in their ability to provide diet and exercise counseling and perceive their weight loss advice as trustworthy when compared to overweight or obese physicians,” according to the study’s lead author Sara Bleich, PhD.

Meanwhile, state medical societies such as the Minnesota Medical Association also are focusing on this issue.  Last year, Dr. Patricia Lindholm, the former MMA president, started a blog on physician well-being called Well Physician. “It’s time we care for the caregiver,” she writes in a blog post.

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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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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Washington state discipline health-care providers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the March 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 Office works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 70 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Provider Credential Search” on the left hand side of the Department of Health home page (www.doh.wa.gov).

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

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

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

Adams County

In January 2012 the Pharmacy Board indefinitely suspended the credential of pharmacy assistant Consuelo C. Garcia (VB60164007). Garcia accessed a patient’s medical records without need or authorization, and disclosed it to a third party without the patient’s authorization in an attempt to demean or injure the patient.

Benton County

In January 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Denelle R. Pepin-Donat (RN00145692). Pepin-Donat self-reported she’s addicted to Tramadol, a legend drug, and uses marijuana.

Clallam County

In January 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program suspended the credential of William Sarna (CP00006278). Sarna failed to comply with a previous stipulation.

Clark County

In January 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Lisel N. Ham (RN00124453). Ham’s license to practice nursing in Oregon was suspended.

Island County

In January 2012 the Medical Commission revoked the license of physician Donald Russell Johnson (MC00038058). Russell closed his dermatology offices in Anacortes and Coupeville due to financial problems in July 2011. He pleaded guilty in February 2012 to domestic violence and violating a restraining order. Johnson was killed in a vehicle collision on February 12.

In January 2012 the Pharmacy Board summarily suspended the license of pharmacist Wendy S. Young, also known as Wendy S. Young-Guffey (PH00070944). Young’s license to practice pharmacy in Missouri was revoked; she remains prohibited from practicing in that state. Young has 20 days to contest the suspension.

King County

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Devon L. Duff, also known as Devon L. Burlingame (NC10059114). Duff was convicted of third degree assault in 2011.

In January 2012 the Pharmacy Board indefinitely suspended the license of pharmacist Craig M. Goodmanson (PH00013643). Goodmanson failed to properly supervise ancillary pharmacy staff while Goodmanson was the responsible pharmacy manager. Goodmanson allowed the pharmacy to operate beyond the required one pharmacist to three technicians’ ratio.

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Gus Ernie Hayes (NC10013627). Hayes was convicted of violation of no contact order in 2010. He also entered into deferred prosecution for charges of fourth degree assault and third degree malicious mischief—resisting arrest, both in 2010.

In January 2012 the Pharmacy Board indefinitely suspended the credential of pharmacy assistant Molly J. Humble (VB00070841). Humble diverted controlled substances and stole various items from her place of employment.

In January 2012 the Nursing Commission suspended the license of registered nurse Samuel Sarvis (RN00176573). Sarvis documented he provided in-home care to multiple patients, but didn’t actually provide the care.

In January 2012 the Pharmacy Board indefinitely suspended the credential of pharmacy technician Eric L. Wilson (VA00049888). Wilson diverted drugs for his own use and used synthetic urine during a urinalysis. 

Kitsap County

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Joshua R. Miller (NC10060789). Miller was convicted of telephone harassment — domestic violence in 2009.

Okanogan County

In January 2012 the Pharmacy Board indefinitely suspended the credential of pharmacy technician Kelly J. Anderson (VA00066204). Anderson diverted 2,000 tablets of Oxycodone from her place of employment.

Pierce County

In December 2011 the Osteopathic Board of Medicine and Surgery summarily suspended the license of Louis W. Brittingham, Jr. (OP00000920). Brittingham surrendered his license to practice as an osteopathic physician and surgeon in Iowa; he remains prohibited from practicing in that state. Brittingham has twenty days to contest the suspension.

In January 2012 the Nursing Commission suspended the license of licensed practical nurse Tina M. Ponton (LP00054570). Ponton withdrew controlled substances, and failed to administer, waste, or document administration, and wastage. She was also charged with driving under the influence in 2010.

In January 2012 the Pharmacy Bard suspended the credential of pharmacy technician Kori A. Tainter (VA00045433). Tainter attempted to divert controlled substances, and without authorization modified the prescription information for a patient to allow for unlimited refills of a legend drug.

Snohomish County

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the license of certified nursing assistant Josephine Karangan (NC10056110). Karangan physically and mentally abused two vulnerable adult patients on more than one occasion. The Department of Social and Health Services also entered a notice of final finding that Karangan abused the two patients.

In January 2012 the Nursing Commission suspended the license of registered nurse Robin K. Stake (RN00089693). Stake failed to comply with a previous stipulation.

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant and Health Care Assistant Programs indefinitely suspended the credentials of registered nursing assistant and health care assistant Lacey Renee Standley(NA60079452, HC60111183). Standley submitted a prescription under a physician’s name for a family member without the physician’s knowledge or authorization. She also entered into a diversion program for the charge of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forged prescription.

Spokane County

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Brittney R. Mukulich (NA60154536). Mukulich administered medication without being delegated to do so, and tested positive for amphetamines and morphine during a urinalysis.

In January 2012 the Nursing Commission suspended the license of licensed practical nurse Collee J. Wright (LP00054569). Wright diverted oxycontin from her place of employment, and tested positive for marijuana during a urinalysis.

Thurston County

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Deborah Kendrick (NA00193662). Kendrick yelled profanities at a vulnerable patient on multiple occasions. Kendrick also forced the patient to clean the bathroom, and locked the patient in the bathroom for an extended period of time, causing emotional distress.

Out of State

Oklahoma: In February 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Heather K. Pemberton (RN60023461). Pemberton surrendered her license to practice nursing in Arizona.

Oregon: In January 2012 the Nursing Commission suspended the licenses of registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner Maya G. Emshwiller (RN00170305, AP30008010-PSYC). Emshwiller surrendered her Oregon nurse license and Oregon nurse practitioner certification.

Oregon:  In January 2012 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of Susan I. Pryce (RN00074680). Pryce failed to comply with a previous agreed order.

Pennsylvania: In January 2012 the Nursing Commission suspended the license of registered nurse Karen S. Remsing (RN00122593). Remsing was arrested for driving under the influence in 2008 and she tested positive for controlled substances during a blood draw analysis. She also tested positive for controlled substances during a urinalysis in 2010.

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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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 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 December 29th update issued by the Washington State Department of Health:

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

State disciplines health care providers

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

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

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

Asotin County

In December 2011 the Unlicensed Practice Program issued a notice of intent to issue cease and desist order to Dezirae Houser. She allegedly provided laser hair removal treatments to clients without a license to provide the treatment.

Benton County

In December 2011 the Health Care Assistant Program ended the probation order against Patricia G. Mendez (HC00155215).Chelan County

In December 2011 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended the probation order against chemical dependency professional trainee Mindy L. Heinz (CO60108523).

Douglas County

In December 2011 the Health Care Assistant Program placed the license of Jennifer Dawn Paiva (HC00142564) on probation. She used a physician’s signature stamp to write a prescription for massages for herself, and used her employment status to access and modify her own health care data. She must comply with terms and conditions set against her license.

Garfield County

In December 2011 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against registered and certified nursing assistant Philip A. Northamer (NA60125638, NC60133100).

Grant County

In December 2011 the Medical Commission amended the statement of charges against physician Mohammad H. Said (MD00018311). He allegedly provided substandard care to patients with chronic pain, and failed to comply with prior conditions set against his license.

King County

In December 2011 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Devon L. Duff (NC10059114), also known as Devon L. Burlingame, with unprofessional conduct. She was convicted of assault.

In December 2011 the Board of Pharmacy charged pharmacist Craig M. Goodmanson (PH00013643) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly failed to ensure proper supervision of the ancillary pharmacy personnel when he was a pharmacy manager.

In December 2011 the Medical Commission charged physician William H. Levy (MD00021325) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly provided substandard care when evaluating, diagnosing and treating a patient, putting the patient at unreasonable risk for harm.

In December 2011 the Board of Pharmacy charged pharmacy technician Eugene B. Povzner (VA00050624) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly allowed the pharmacy staff, where he oversaw the scheduling, to work beyond the required one pharmacist to three technicians ratio. He also allowed a pharmacist who was on probation with the board to work without supervision, and worked beyond the scope of a pharmacy technician. 

Okanogan County

In December 2011 the Board of Pharmacy charged pharmacy technician Kelly Anderson (VA00066204) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly diverted oxycodone from her place of employment.

In December 2011 the Board of Hearing and Speech charged audiologist Douglas E. Moomaw (LD00001173) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly failed to comply with terms and conditions set against his license.

Pierce County 

In December 2011 the Veterinary Board of Governors granted the application of veterinary technician Chiara Olga Colella (AT60219680) and placed her license on probation for two years. She was convicted of driving under the influence on two occasions, possession of a controlled substance — marijuana on two occasions, possession of marijuana 40 grams or less, and possession of cultivated marijuana. She must comply with terms and conditions set against her license.

In December 2011 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Tina M. Ponton (LP00054570) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly withdrew controlled substances, and failed to administer, waste, or document administration, and wastage. She was charged with driving under the influence.

In December 2011 the Medical Commission ended the probation order against physician Catherine A. Richardson (MD00025799). Dr. Richardson’s license is unrestricted.

Skagit County

In December 2011 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Laura C. Edwards (RN00134145) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly withdrew medication, documented wastage but didn’t document administration to a patient, and took the medication for personal use.

Snohomish County

In December 2011 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against registered nursing assistant Julie Ann Davis (NA60123726).

In December 2011 the Nursing Assistant and Health Care Assistant Programs charged registered nursing assistant and health care assistant Lacey R. Standley (NA60079452, HC60111183) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly submitted a prescription under a physician’s name for a family member without the physician’s knowledge or authorization. She also entered into a diversion program for the charge of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forged prescription.

Spokane County

In December 2011 the Nursing Assistant, X-Ray Technician, and Health Care Assistant Programs charged Abbey C. Aune (NC10098509, XT6022138, HC60088462, HC60024035) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly obtained prescriptions using the name of her provider and colleague without knowledge or consent of the provider.

In November 2011 the Board of Pharmacy ended the probation order against pharmacy Northwest Health Systems (CF00058494).

Whatcom County

In December 2011 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended the probation order against chemical dependency professional trainee Kevin P. Maier (CO60138358).

In December 2011 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Jacob Elijah Talamante (NA60098163) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly entered into a business transaction with patients, used a utility trailer of the patients without their permission, and used the patients’ debit card without their authorization.

Out of State

Oregon: In December 2011 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Jamie L. Armstrong (NC10057618) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly failed to comply with terms and conditions set against her certification.

Oregon: In December 2011 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Cindy Susan Zapf (RN00114615) with unprofessional conduct. Her license to practice as a registered nurse in Oregon was placed on probation for two years. She was arrested for and convicted of shoplifting.

Tennessee: In December 2011 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse David L. Kinnaman (LP00053326) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly sexually assaulted family members and patients.

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 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 December 29th update issued by the Washington State Department of Health:

State disciplines health care providers

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

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

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

Benton County

In November 2011 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Amber N. Meyer (RN00142511) with unprofessional conduct. She was convicted of driving under the influence and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device when required. A search during an arrest found controlled substances in her possession taken from her employer. She also tested positive for controlled substances during a drug screen, and failed to comply with a monitoring contract requiring that she not use drugs and alcohol.

Grays Harbor County

In November 2011 the Massage Program charged Odin E. Anderson (MA00018828) with unprofessional conduct. He was criminally charged with malicious mischief and three counts of assault.

King County

In October 2011 the Health Care Assistant Program denied the application of health care assistant applicant Sopheap Chea (HC60224564). She was convicted of theft.

In November 2011 the Denturist Program charged Traci B. Chisley (DN00000357) with unprofessional conduct for practicing as a denturist when her license was suspended.

In December 2011 the Medical Commission charged physician Lynne C. Flaherty (MD00026850) with unprofessional conduct. The treatment she provided allegedly fell below the standard when treating a patient in the emergency room.

In November 2011 the Nursing Assistant Program granted the application of certified nursing assistant Dan J. Hitchman (NC60236993) and placed his certification on probation for two years due to an assault conviction. He must comply with terms and conditions set against his certification.

In November 2011 the Board of Pharmacy charged pharmacy assistant Molly J. Humble (VB00070841) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly diverted controlled substances and stole various items from her place of employment.

In November 2011 the Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery charged osteopathic physician Philip Roger Matthews (OP00000982) with unprofessional conduct. The pain management care he provided patients allegedly fell below the standard of care.

In October 2011 the Health Care Assistant Program denied the application of health care assistant applicant Sikham Phouthavong (HC60061457). His registration to practice as an X-ray technician was suspended for seven years in September 2011.

In November 2011 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program charged chemical dependency professional trainee David Allan Scratchley (CO60124992) with unprofessional conduct. He made inappropriate sexual advances toward a patient’s son, entered into a sexual relationship with a patient, and represented himself as a psychologist when he doesn’t have a license to practice as a psychologist in Washington. He was charged with attempted child rape and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

In November 2011 the Board of Pharmacy charged pharmacy technician Eric L. Wilson, Sr. (VA00049888) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly diverted controlled substances from his place of employment for his own use and substituted synthetic urine in a urinalysis.

Kitsap County

In November 2011 the Board of Pharmacy reinstated the license of pharmacy technician Victoria MacFarlane (VA00039432).

Pierce County

In November 2011 the Medical Commission ended a probation order against physician assistant Kristie M. Mattern (PA10003450). Her license is now unrestricted.

In November 2011 the Massage Program ended a probation order against Myong Pang (MA00018747).

In November 2011 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program granted the application of chemical dependency professional trainee Jeffrey David Wilson (CO60246245) and placed conditions against his certification. He was convicted of assault, violation of a protection order, and two counts of driving under the influence.

Snohomish County

In November 2011 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program granted the application of chemical dependency professional trainee Allison Nicole Alexander (CO60253336) and placed conditions against her certification. She was convicted of theft, minor in possession, seven counts of forgery, identity theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, and making a false statement to a public servant.

In December 2011 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Metta Eabisa (NA00177398) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly stole a television from a patient.

In November 2011 the Board of Pharmacy charged pharmacist and pharmacist preceptor Daniel L. McManus (PH00018256, PH60006205) with unprofessional conduct. His inventory counts allegedly were off by 1,096 tablets on one occasion and 998 on another. He allegedly failed to report this theft or loss to the board.

In November 2011 the Nursing Assistant Program denied the application of certified nursing assistant applicant Rebecca J. Plante (NC60203537). She was convicted of attempted first degree assault, theft on two occasions, escape, forgery, and vehicular assault.

In November 2011 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program charged chemical dependency professional Lisa D. Tuffs (CP00003896) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly entered into a personal relationship with a client and tested positive for drugs during drug screenings.

Spokane County

In November 2011 the Health Care Assistant Program granted the application of Ronald William Beck (HC60248452) and placed conditions against his license. His certification to practice as a nursing assistant was revoked.

In November 2011 the Medical Commission modified the agreed order against physician Steven L. Pugh (MD00039278). He must comply with terms and conditions set against his license.

Thurston County

In November 2011 the Medical Commission ended a probation order against physician Muhammad Ayub (MD00044810). Dr. Ayub’s license is unrestricted in Washington.

In November 2011 the Health Care Assistant Program granted the application of Amy Rachelle Edmunds (HC60238351) and placed conditions against her license with which she must comply. In October 2011 she entered into an agreed order against her existing certified nursing assistant and health care assistant credentials.

Whitman County

In November 2011 the Dental Commission charged dentist Alfred M Fairbanks (DE00004076) with unprofessional conduct. His care allegedly fell below the standard when prescribing controlled substances and antibiotics for a patient without documentation justifying the prescriptions, and when keeping adequate charts of patient’s medical histories, diagnoses, and treatments.

Out of State

Oregon: In December 2011 the Medical Commission charged physician Kenneth F. Wenberg (MD00025365) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly failed to comply with terms and conditions set against his license.

Texas: In November 2011 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Jay T. Herington (LP00059742) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly failed to comply with terms and conditions set against his license.

Wisconsin: In November 2011 the Medical Commission ended a probation order against physician Chandra S. Reddy (MD00043121). Dr. Reddy’s license is unrestricted in Washington.

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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Washington state disciplinary actions – update

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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 health care providers in our state.

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

Information about health care providers is also on the agency’s website. Click on “Provider Credential Search” on the left hand side of the Department of Health home page (www.doh.wa.gov).

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

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

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

Here is the December 14th update issued by the Washington State Department of Health:

State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of health care providers in our state. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states.

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

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

Benton County

In November 2011 the Pharmacy Board revoked the credential of pharmacist Kenyon N. Lyle, Jr. (PH60018753). Lyle failed to comply with a previous agreement, and diverted controlled substances for his own use.

Chelan County

In November 2011 the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Misty Sunshine Rains (NA00077137). When deputies performed a welfare check on a resident, they found Rains in an apparent state of intoxication. She had left the oven on and the food inside was burning and she was holding a nearly empty bottle of vodka.

Clark County

In November 2011 the Pharmacy Board indefinitely suspended the credential of Tammy R. Mattox (VA00018355). Mattox diverted controlled substances from her employer for her own use.

Grant County

In November 2011 the Nursing Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Judy Ann Adair (NC10042216). Adair failed to comply with a previous order.

King County

In November 2011 the Medical Commission indefinitely suspended the license of physician Paul L. Allen (MD00009164). Allen is unable to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety.

In November 2011 the Massage Program suspended the credential of Denise S. Su (MA00015915). Su entered into a sexual relationship with a client. She also provided other clients with full body massage, including sexual contact, for a fee.

Pierce County

In November 2011 the Board of Hearing and Speech indefinitely suspended the credential of hearing instrument fitter and dispenser Nancy J. Buckner (HA00002698). Buckner failed to refund a client for unsatisfactory hearing aids, provided inaccurate addresses for her home and business, and used Social Security numbers and a name that didn’t belong to her. She also failed to respond to Department of Health inquiries regarding the Social Security numbers.

In November 2011 the Medical Commission withdrew the April 11, 2011 statement of charges against physician Spencer A. Coray (MD00043805).

In November 2011 the Pharmacy Board withdrew the statement of charges against pharmacy technician Stephanie A. Fahlbeck (VA00045438).

San Juan County

In November 2011 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program suspended the credential of Clinton W. Mills (CP00006237). Mills crossed professional boundaries with a patient, failed to report substance abuse by a patient to the patient’s probation officer, and used a diploma from an unaccredited university to obtain payment from the state of Washington for services provided to a client. Mills was also reprimanded by the program for using a fake diploma to attempt to establish his credentials to provide services.

Snohomish County

In November 2011 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program suspended the credential of Candie Rae Campbell (CP00002262). Campbell failed to comply with a previous stipulation.

In November 2011 the Unlicensed Practice Program ordered Ted Neff to permanently cease and desist from any and all conduct constituting the practice as an athletic trainer and physician in Washington, unless he has obtained a credential or otherwise meets an exception.

Spokane County

In November 2011 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the licenses of registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner anesthetist Kevan D. Kemp(RN00135528, AP30006243-CRNA). Kemp failed to comply with a previous stipulation.

In November 2011 the Secretary of Health withdrew the May 3, 2011 statement of charges against massage practitioner Stephen E. Wells (MA00022350).

Thurston County

In November 2011 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the licenses of registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner Elizabeth Anderson(RN00130725, AP30005512-AP). Anderson is unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety.

In November 2011 the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System Programs suspended the credential of emergency medical technician Bobby G. Hicks(ES60034291). Hicks was convicted of vehicular homicide-reckless, and hit and run death in 2011

In November 2011 the Agency Affiliated Counselor Program suspended the credential of Marcus Dwain Wooten (CG60126669). Wooten entered into a sexual relationship with a patient and asked another patient to masturbate in front of him.

Walla Walla County

In November 2011 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Bob L. Ratcliff (RN00159108). Ratcliff failed to comply with a previous order.

Whitman County

In November 2011 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Linda L. Westby (RN00115010). Westby failed to comply with a previous order.

Out of State

Idaho: In November 2011 the Massage Program indefinitely suspended the credential of Glenn C. Ray (MA60222014). Ray failed to comply with a previous agreement.

Illinois: In November 2011 the Nursing Commission summarily suspended the license of registered nurse Christine C. Trupp (RN00168166). Her application to practice as a registered nurse in Oklahoma was denied for fraud, deceit, or material deception in getting or attempting to get a license in that state.

Iowa: In November 2011 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Gregory G. Pithan (RN00151958). Pithan’s license to practice as a registered nurse in California was revoked.

Kentucky: In November 2011 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Laura Ann Petering (RN00176617). Petering voluntarily surrendered her license to practice nursing in Oregon.

New Jersey: In November 2011 the Medical Commission indefinitely suspended the license of physician Karl S. Buekers (MD00048008). Buekers’ license to practice medicine in California is on probation.

New York: In November 2011 the Medical Commission summarily suspended the license of physician Duk K. Choi (MD00039157). Choi’s license to practice as a physician and surgeon in Pennsylvania was suspended.

Oregon: In November 2011 the Nursing Assistant and Health Care Assistant Programs suspended the credentials of certified nursing assistant and health care assistant Mindy R. Garcia (NC10091985, HC00152376). Garcia admitted to a history of cocaine use as well as several relapses going back to at least 2007.

Oregon: In November 2011 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the license of registered nurse Judith K. Middleton (LP00027494). Middleton failed to comply with a previous order.

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