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Gregoire announces emergency action to slow the spread of whooping cough

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Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire has made emergency funds available to the state Department of Health to help curb the epidemic of whooping cough (pertussis) underway in Washington.

As of April 28th, 1,132 cases of whooping cough have been reported in the state. That’s compared to 117 over the same time last year. The epidemic is on pace for as many as 3,000 cases this year, health officials said.

Added to the $210,000 in existing funds from the Department of Health, Gregoire is making $90,000 available from the governor’s emergency fund to strengthen public awareness efforts about the need for vaccination

Gregoire also announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved using federal funds designated for other immunizations to buy more than 27,000 doses of pertussis vaccine for adults who are uninsured or underinsured.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Photomicrograph of the bacteria that causes whooping cough

Pertussis, the whooping cough bacteria -- CDC photo

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing.

It is caused by a bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. The name, pertussis, comes from Latin, from per-‘away, extremely’ + Latin tussis ‘a cough.’

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventing, in the 20th century,  pertussis was one of the most common childhood diseases and a major cause of child death in the United States.

Initially, an infection may seem like just a cold. However, during this phase of the infection, which can last several weeks, a person can spread the disease to others.

Patients typically then go on to develop a severe, persistent–often wracking–cough that can last for several more weeks.

The coughing fits can be prolonged and are often followed by a long inhalation that causes the “whooping” sound that gives the disease its name.

The bouts of coughing can leave victims breathless and unable to eat, drink or sleep. Complications of the infection include pneumonia, seizures and death.

Whooping cough can affect people of all ages — but is most serious in infants, especially those too young to get vaccinated or who aren’t fully protected.

There is a vaccine that can prevent infection, but it is not effective in newborns or infants and it wears off with time.

Gregoire is urging health care professionals to get vaccinated and vaccinate their patients, and she announced federal approval for health officials to re-direct some funds to buy several thousand doses of pertussis vaccine for adults.

Gregoire said she would keep access to the emergency fund open in the event the state needs to purchase additional vaccinations.

Free vaccine available

  • All recommended vaccines are offered at no cost to all kids under 19 through health care provider offices participating in the state’s Childhood Vaccine Program.
  • Health care providers may charge an office visit fee and a fee to give the vaccine, called an administration fee.
  • People who cannot afford the administration fee can ask their regular health care provider if they’ll waive that cost.
  • Most health insurance carriers will cover the whooping cough vaccine; adults should double-check with their health plan.

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Whooping cough reaches epidemic levels in much of Washington

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Whooping cough has reached epidemic levels in Washington state, Washington State Secretary of Health Mary Selecky announced Tuesday.

Since the beginning of the year, 640 cases of whooping cough have been reported and confirmed in 23 of the state’s 39 counties. At this time last year, only 94 cases had been reported, Sec. Selecky said.

Red represents cases so far this year; blue cases from last year;

The actual number of cases may be far higher, Selecky said, because only about 10 percent to 12 percent of cases are reported. “This is the tip of the iceberg,” she said.

Infants are most vulnerable to the disease, and there have been at four infant deaths in the state due to whooping cough over the past years.

“We’re very concerned about the continued rapid increase in reported cases,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “This disease can be very serious for young babies, who often get whooping cough from adults and other family members. We want all teens and adults who haven’t had Tdap [a pertussis vaccine] to be vaccinated to help protect babies that are too young for the vaccine.”

In the epidemic continues at its current rate, the state is on track to see the most cases it has seen since 1942, Sec. Selecky said.

Pertussis

Photomicrograph of the bacteria that causes whooping cough

Pertussis, the whooping cough bacteria -- CDC photo

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing.

It is caused by a bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. The name, pertussis, comes from Latin, from per-‘away, extremely’ + Latin tussis ‘a cough.’

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventing, in the 20th century,  pertussis was one of the most common childhood diseases and a major cause of child death in the United States.

Initially, an infection may seem like just a cold. However, during this phase of the infection, which can last several weeks, a person can spread the disease to others.

Patients typically then go on to develop a severe, persistent–often wracking–cough that can last for several more weeks.

The coughing fits can be prolonged and are often followed by a long inhalation that causes the “whooping” sound that gives the disease its name.

The bouts of coughing can leave victims breathless and unable to eat, drink or sleep. Complications of the infection include pneumonia, seizures and death.

Whooping cough can affect people of all ages — but is most serious in infants, especially those too young to get vaccinated or who aren’t fully protected.

There is a vaccine that can prevent infection, but it is not effective in newborns or infants and it wears off with time.

Related article: Vaccine Hesitancy

Seattle’s Child’s lead article this month is a piece by Laura Hirshfield on “Vaccine Hesitancy”. She writes:

“While there is a small, but vocal, minority of parents who outright refuse all vaccines, much more common are parents who choose to skip or delay their children’s vaccines. In a recent Seattle Children’s Research Institute survey, 77 percent of Washington pediatricians reported regularly seeing parents who ask to vary the recommended vaccine schedule.

“Health officials call these parents “vaccine hesitant” and link the statewide rise in outbreaks of whooping cough, a highly contagious, airborne disease, to the rising number of under-vaccinated kids.”

Read the full article on the Seattle’s Child website.

Health officials therefore recommend that anyone who has contact with newborns and infants be vaccinated or, if they have been vaccinated, to make sure their vaccination is up-to-date.

Sec. Selecky urged parents to make sure their children are fully vaccinated and up-to-date and that teens and adults to check to see whether they need a booster.

Because newborns cannot be vaccinated, pregnant women should make sure they are vaccinated because they can transfer some of their immunity to their newborn that will confer some protection during the first months of life.

In addition, being vaccinated will reduce the risk that they will contract the infection and spread it to their child.

“Many adults don’t realize they need to be vaccinated, or they assume they have been,” said State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes. “We’re asking everyone to verify with their health care provider that they’re up-to-date on vaccines. We’re also asking everyone to use good health manners — like cover your cough and stay home when you’re sick — that will also help prevent spreading whooping cough.”

For full information about pertussis vaccines and about who should get vaccinated go to the Department of Health’s pertussis information page: http://www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/diseases/pertussis/

Free vaccine available

  • All recommended vaccines are offered at no cost to all kids under 19 through health care provider offices participating in the state’s Childhood Vaccine Program.
  • Health care providers may charge an office visit fee and a fee to give the vaccine, called an administration fee.
  • People who cannot afford the administration fee can ask their regular health care provider if they’ll waive that cost.
  • Most health insurance carriers will cover the whooping cough vaccine; adults should double-check with their health plan.

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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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Washington state disciplines healthcare 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 February 29th update issued by the Washington State Department of Health:

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

State disciplines health care providers

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

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

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

Benton County

In January 2012 the Nursing Commission entered into an agreed order with registered nurse Jill E. Bocol (RN00131423) and placed conditions against her license. She failed to comply with prior terms and conditions set against her license.

King County

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program amended the statement of charges against certified nursing assistant Ashleigh Futrell (NC10099613). She allegedly failed to comply with terms and conditions set against her certification, and failed to administer medication to a patient.

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against certified nursing assistant Vesselina Ivanova (NC60138500).

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Janet Wanjiku Williams (NC60058759) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly showed a patient a pornographic image on a cell phone.

In February 2012 the Nursing Commission placed the license of registered nurse Beth V. Yost (RN00156078) on probation for two years. She administered medication without physician authorization.

Lewis County

In February 2012 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Ona Ahrens of intent to issue a cease-and-desist order for practicing as a health care professional without credentials. Allegations include diagnosing and treating conditions, collecting patient medical histories, providing nutritional counseling, and using the initials “C.N.,” which indicates certified nutritionist, in her business advertising. She’s also known as Ona Harding and Ona Harding-Ahrens.

In February 2012 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Susan M. Smith (RN00092786) with unprofessional conduct. Allegations include failing to transfer care of a patient, failing to inform a patient’s physician of a change in condition, and giving a patient morphine without following the physician’s order to give the patient nitroglycerin tablets before morphine.

Pacific County

In February 2012 the Midwifery Program charged Tamra K. Roloff (MW00000283) with unprofessional conduct. It’s alleged that the care she provided fell below the standard, placing the patient at unreasonable risk of harm or injury. Allegations included failing to chart patient care, assess maternal vital signs during labor, address maternal fever in labor, or transferring the patient to a hospital when labor didn’t progress.

Pierce County

In February 2012 the Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Program amended the statement of charges against marriage and family therapist Heidi Halsey (LF00001125). When treating a minor patient she allegedly failed to obtain consent from both parents or seek information about medical decisions in the parenting plan, created boundary confusion when treating the parents of the minor, failed to maintain confidentiality between the patients, ended therapy with one of the patients without referring to another therapist, and advertised credentials she didn’t have.

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant and Health Care Assistant Programs charged registered nursing assistant and health care assistant Amanda Elizabeth Olmos (NA60109158, HC60018788) with unprofessional conduct. She was convicted of assault.

In February 2012 the Dental Commission ended the probation order against dental assistant Kim M. Shipman (D160087419).

Skagit County

In January 2012 the Nursing Commission entered into an agreed order with registered nurse Laura C. Edwards (RN00134145) and placed conditions against her license. She took controlled substances that were ready to be wasted for her own use.

Snohomish County

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant and Health Care Assistant Programs reinstated the certification and license of Buba J. Bojang (NC10026544, HC00143549) and placed his credentials on probation for five years.

In February 2012 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Mamat Cham (LP00058679) with unprofessional conduct. Allegations include releasing students from their clinical work three hours early on many occasions, asking a student personal and inappropriate questions, and making sexual comments to a student.

In February 2012 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Elaine B. Fast (LP00034908) with unprofessional conduct for failing to comply with terms and conditions set against her license.

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program placed the registration and certification of Lamin Sonko (NA60088539, NC10045877) on probation for 60 months. He used another person’s identity and certified nursing assistant credential to gain employment.

Spokane County

In February 2012 the Chiropractic Commission charged chiropractor Michael Allen Baker (CH00001832) with unprofessional conduct for failing to comply with terms and conditions set against his license. He’s also charged with billing for treatment purportedly provided by an employee after the employee no longer worked at that office, using billing codes not supported by treatment documentation, and treating patients with an expired license.

In February 2012 the Dental Commission released Jennifer K. Preble (D260139154), expanded function dental auxiliary credential holder, from terms and conditions set against her credential.

Walla Walla County

In February 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional and Licensed Social Worker Programs charged chemical dependency professional and licensed social worker Kim E. Funderburk (CP00005068, LW60020675) with unprofessional conduct. The treatment she provided allegedly

fell below the standard, undermining the therapeutic relationships with patients creating a risk of harm to her patients.

Whatcom County

In February 2012 the Board of Pharmacy granted the application of pharmacist Michael Alexander Glen (PH60216257) and placed his license on probation. His license to practice as a pharmacist in California was placed on probation.

Yakima County

In February 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program charged chemical dependency professional Tamara J. Brantley (CP60029637) with unprofessional conduct for admitted use of cocaine and failing to respond to department inquiries about the drug use.

In February 2012 the Nursing Assistant and Counselor Programs charged registered nursing assistant and agency affiliated counselor Teresa Jean Campbell (NA00097240, CG60159143) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly appeared intoxicated at work, tested positive for alcohol, and was fired for failure to maintain sobriety.

 

Out of State

Oregon: In February 2012 the Health Care Assistant Program charged Ronda Susan Rose (HC60108767) with unprofessional conduct. She was convicted of assault, and aiming or discharging firearms.

Oregon: In February 2012 the Marriage and Family Therapist Program entered into an agreed order with marriage and family therapist Susan Spillane-Bramlette (LF00001909). She provided therapy to a client without written consent to treatment, failed to provide separate personal/medical information for a client, revealed information about counseling sessions with a client without a signed information release, and contacted a client and asked the client to provide her with a written message in support of her breach of confidentiality.

Virginia: In February 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended the probation order against chemical dependency professional Linda F. Schauer (CP60109882).

 

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 disciplines health-care providers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the February 15th 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.

Chelan County

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Dulce Ibarra (NC60014795) with unprofessional conduct. The charges allege that she falsely documented a patient’s pulse and withheld a patient’s medication as a result of the pulse number. She’s also charged with providing a patient with the wrong medications, and failing to arm the alarm on the door of the adult family home where she worked, allowing a patient to leave the home.

Clark County 

In January 2012 the Veterinary Board of Governors ended the probation order against veterinary technician Michelle M. Lacey (AT60014514).

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program placed the registration and certification of Sasha Wisner (NA60066200, NC60104904) on probation for two years. She failed to take vital sign readings but wrote down vital sign numbers in patient records. She must comply with terms and conditions set against her registration and certification.

Franklin County 

In January 2012 the Health Care Assistant and X-Ray Technician Programs placed the credentials of James R. H. Maxwell (HC00150727, XT00004119) on probation for two years. He performed duties outside the scope of his health care assistant and X-ray technician credentials. He must comply with terms and conditions set against his credentials.

In January 2012 the Radiologic Technologist Program granted the application of James R. H. Maxwell (RT60243067) and placed his license on probation for two years. He entered into an agreed order against his credentials to practice as a health care assistant and an X-ray technician.

Island County

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against registered nursing assistant Lisa M. Bass (NA00192850).

King County

In January 2012 the Medical Commission entered into an agreed order with physician John H. Addison (MD00018359) and placed conditions against his license. He employed a physician to see patients in his office who wasn’t licensed to practice in Washington.

In January 2012 the Dental Commission charged dentist with a conscious sedation permit Thoa V. Nguyen (DE00008172, CS10000405) with unprofessional conduct. The care he provided allegedly fell below the standard when sedating patients, failing to monitor patients under sedation, failing to keep adequate records, failing to supply adequate records when requested, keeping sedation drugs in an unlocked refrigerator, and violating Drug Enforcement Agency regulations.

In January 2012 the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Program ended the probation order against emergency medical technician Thomas J. Osterdahl (ES60094598).

In January 2012 the Chiropractic Commission released chiropractor Greg Pfiffner (CH00002939) from terms and conditions set against his license.

In January 2012 the Denturist Program charged Victor R. Plavsky (DN00000296) with unprofessional conduct. He’s allegedly out of compliance with billing standards, made unlawful claims for compensation, and unlawfully provided and billed for services while his license was expired.

In January 2012 the Board of Pharmacy charged pharmacy assistant Austa Smith (VB00069600), also known as Austa Bienville, with unprofessional conduct. She was convicted of murder in the second degree — domestic violence.

Kitsap County

In January 2012 the Chiropractic Commission amended the statement of charges against chiropractor Marc A. Ferrin (CH00033961). He was convicted of theft and attempted criminal liability of person making false statement for falsely billing the Department of Labor and Industries for treatment he hadn’t provided to nine different patients.

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program granted the application of registered nursing assistant Sandra Lynne Ingram (NA60251526) and placed conditions against her registration. She was convicted of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, possession of another’s identification, and driving while license suspended.

Pierce County

In January 2012 the Counselor Program granted the application of agency affiliated counselor Tiffany Nicole Smorch (CG60231263) and placed her registration on probation for two years. She was convicted of retail fraud.

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program denied the application of registered nursing assistant applicant Katie Lee Tatum (NA60237071). She was convicted of bank fraud.

In January 2012 the Counselor Program charged agency affiliated counselor Lisa L. Waugh (CG60153669) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly entered into personal relationships with patients and disclosed personal information about a patient to another patient without a disclosure release.

Skagit County

In January 2012 the Dental Commission charged dentist Andrew T. Lai (DE00009768) with unprofessional conduct. The care he provided allegedly fell below the standard when treating a patient. He also allegedly failed to pay registration fees for his X-ray machines to the department.

In January 2012 the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems and Health Care Assistant Programs released emergency medical technician and health care assistant Joseph T. Pollino(ES60171377, HC60229558) from terms and conditions set against his credentials.

Snohomish County

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Josephine Karangan (NC10056110) with unprofessional conduct. Allegations include pushing a patient’s legs back into bed, shoving a patient into her wheelchair, making degrading comments to a patient, and pinching a patient’s nose to force liquid medication into the patient’s mouth.

In January 2012 the Chiropractic Commission released chiropractor Matthew D’Alton Nash (CH00003646) from terms and conditions set against his license.

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Danielle Thomas (NC10086847) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly stole jewelry from a patient’s mother and sold it for about $3,000. She was convicted of attempted theft.

Spokane County

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against certified nursing assistant Clare L. Marshall (NC10077571). 

Thurston County

In January 2012 the Nursing Assistant Program ended the probation order against certified nursing assistant Marsha V. Edwards (NC10043137).

In January 2012 the Chiropractic Commission charged chiropractor Jeffry A. Finnigan (CH00001437) with unprofessional conduct. He allegedly failed to provide adequate patient exams prior to treatment, failed to keep adequate records, and failed to keep sufficient patient documentation to justify the billing records.

Walla Walla County

In January 2012 the Respiratory Care Practitioner Program charged Stephen D. Miller (LR60076415) with unprofessional conduct. He was convicted of assault.

Yakima County

In January 2012 the Chiropractic Commission ended the probation order against chiropractor William Duane Harrington (CH00003133).

In January 2012 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended the probation order against chemical dependency professional trainee Russell Gene Taylor (CO60116194).

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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