Seattle Children’s Hospital Fundraiser: “St Baldrick’s Shave for the Brave”

Seattle, Washington | What a great way to support children with Cancer by participating in Seattle Children’s Hospital St Baldrick’s “Shave for the Brave” Fundraiser taking place on March 4, 2015, from 1600 – 1800 Hours.

Shavees will go bald in representing “oneness” with children battling Cancer and helping raise money for life-saving childhood Cancer research.

The “Shaving” will take place in the Hospital’s Ocean Cafeteria on Level 7.

For more information, go to their website at https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/SeattleChildrensHospital or you can call the Event Contact, Jonathan Liaw-Gray at 206-355-9107.  If you’re unable to attend, but would like to give to this amazing Hospital and help with Cancer research, you can give by downloading the Donation Form on their site or call 1-888-899-2253.

What a great way to give back to the Community and help save Children’s lives, which to us equals a perfect opportunity!

ABOUT SEATTLE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Seattle Children’s Hospital was founded in 1907, located off of Sandpoint Way is often ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the Nation by major numerous large news media outlets.  It is known for its superior patient care, finding ways and exploring new technologies through cancer research and saving lives every day.  The 250-bed has over 11,000 admits and over 300,000 Outpatient visits.

HEROES HELPING KIDS

Seattle Seahawks Quarterback, Russell Wilson is a huge contributor to Seattle Children’s Hospital visiting ill children on a regular basis.  His compassion and love for the kids is genuine and their little faces light up when they see him.  This is a great way for the kids to be motivated, encouraged and supported through their difficult journeys.

JOIN THE “STRONG AGAINST CANCER” TEAM

You too can join Russell Wilson in helping the “StrongAgainstCancer” campaign. Text the word “STRONG” to “501501” and $10 will be donated.  For more information, you can visit the organization’s website at http://strongagainstcancer.org/

“Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.” – Jim Valvano

Editor’s Note:

Cancer is very real for us as we have had many firefighters and friends not in the Public Safety profession have this terrible disease. Some have survived and were cured, others passed away.  It affects all of us.  These kids and young adults can’t really comprehend as adults may try to and helping them through their journeys and finding a cure is what it is all about.  Please give today and join the fight by being Strong Against Cancer. – LR Swenson

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FDA Warning: “Do not use Bo Ying Product due to the Potential of Lead Poisoning”

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Bo Ying Compound by Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Ltd: FDA/CDER Statement – Risk of Lead Poisoning

AUDIENCE: Consumer, Health Professional, Pediatrics, Family Practice

ISSUE: FDA warns parents and caregivers not to use “Bo Ying compound” manufactured by Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Ltd. due to the potential lead poisoning risk associated with the product.

FDA learned of this risk from the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene after the product was tested and found to contain high levels of lead. FDA has received one adverse event report of lead poisoning in an 18-month-old child who was given this product. See the FDA/CDER Statement for product photos.

Exposure to lead can cause serious damage to the central nervous system, the kidneys, and the immune system. In children, chronic exposure to lead, even at low levels, is associated with impaired cognitive function, including reduced IQ, behavioral difficulties, and other problems.

BACKGROUND: The powdered product is marketed in retail outlets and online for use in infants and children for treatment of a variety of conditions including influenza, fever, sneezing, and nasal discharge. The product is labeled in Chinese and English.

RECOMMENDATION: Parents and caregivers are advised to not purchase or use this product. Anyone using this product or providing it to a child should immediately consult a health care professional.

Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

  • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
  • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

Read the MedWatch safety alert, including links to the FDA/CDER Statement at:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm416441.htm

WA PUBLIC HEALTH: Health Providers Alert – January 24, 2014

For immediate release: January 24, 2014 [14-011]
Contact:  Media inquiries: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications Office,  360-236-4074
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service, 360-236-4700

State disciplines health care providers

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

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Chelan County

In November 2013 the Chiropractic Commission ended conditions on the credential of chiropractorJason C. Schroeder (CH00003389).

Clallam County

In December 2013 the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Program charged paramedic Paul Rynearson (ES00106508) with unprofessional conduct. Rynearson allegedly took and used narcotics kept at the fire department where he worked and reportedly came to work appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Clark County

In December 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program agreed to reinstate the registered nursing assistant credential of Mayra I. Garcia (NA00195349) and placed her credential on probation for at least one year. Garcia’s credential was suspended in 2011 after she didn’t comply with a stipulation issued after being convicted in 2007 of third-degree theft and driving while intoxicated.

Grant County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended conditions on the credential of chemical dependency professional Estela Yarrito (CP00003751).

Island County

In December 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program conditionally granted a registered nursing assistant credential to Cassandra Denise Pendergrass (NA60414482) and placed her license on probation for at least two years. In 2004 Pendergrass was convicted in Nevada of embezzling $2,500 or more.

King County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Shakun Nandeshwar Sharma (CO60294692) and placed her credential on probation. Sharma must take continuing education in professional law and ethics and undergo an evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. She was convicted of five gross misdemeanors and two misdemeanors between 2006 and 2012.

In November 2013 the Pharmacy Commission ended probation for pharmacist Michael S. Jones(PH00010993).

In December 2013 the Pharmacy Commission fined Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc.(CF60030054) $2,500 after it was found to have allowed a pharmacy assistant, who misrepresented herself as a pharmacy technician to its human resource department, to perform tasks limited to pharmacy technicians.

In December 2013 the Medical Assistant Program ended conditions on the credential of medical assistant Bridgett Dianne Miller (MR60402878).

In December 2013 the Dental Commission denied a dental assistant credential to Randy Allen Ivie(D160332886), who had several convictions including 12 felonies, two gross misdemeanors, and one misdemeanor between 1985 and 2012.

Pierce County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Darla Jean Oliphint (CO60234960).

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee Tena K. Bremmeyer (CO60153438).

In December 2013 the Counselor Program charged chemical dependency professional, marriage and family therapist associate, and marriage and family therapist Jennifer Armstrong Ferguson(CP00005222, MG60171687, LF60079410) with unprofessional conduct. Ferguson allegedly provided substandard care.

In December 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Karen Ann Price(RN60181825) with unprofessional conduct. In 2013 Price was convicted of driving while intoxicated.

Snohomish County

In December 2013 the Counselor Program lifted the suspension for registered counselor credential holder Susan A. Martin (RC00059495). The credential itself was abolished in 2010.

Spokane County

In December 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Patricia Noel Shropshire (CO60418513) and placed her credential on probation. Shropshire must take continuing education in professional law and ethics, and undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2012 she was convicted of driving while intoxicated and received deferred prosecution on another charge.

In November 2013 the Pharmacy Commission ended probation for pharmacy technician Jill M. Horstman (VA00048105).

In December 2013 the Pharmacy Commission charged pharmacy assistant Casey V. McGaughy(VB00071773) with unprofessional conduct. While working at a pharmacy, McGaughy allegedly diverted medications for his personal use.

Thurston County

In December 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Lori Jean Tenny(RN00121398) with being unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety. On an application to reactivate her expired credential, Tenny allegedly said she has a medical condition that impairs her ability to practice, a conclusion her primary care provider supported.

In December 2013 the Counselor Program conditionally granted an agency affiliated counselor credential to Shane Lynn Morris (CG60293762) and placed her credential on probation. Morris must undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program, and is required to take continuing education in professional law and ethics. She was convicted of 40 felonies and one gross misdemeanor between 2005 and 2009.

Walla Walla County

In December 2013 the Nursing Commission denied the request of Bob L. Ratcliff (RN00159108) to reinstate his registered nursing credential, which was suspended in 2005 and again in 2011, when he didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring program. The commission found that he was still out of compliance.

Whatcom County

In November 2013 the Pharmacy Commission modified an agreement with pharmacist David Alexander Glen (PH60216257), lifting probation from his license but still requiring that he comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract.

In December 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Marianne Zweegman (NA00130895) with unprofessional conduct. The Department of Social and Health Services prohibited her from being employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults. Zweegman was found to have neglected vulnerable adults in her adult family home.

Whitman County

In December 2013 the Counselor Program ended conditions on the credential of mental health counselor Lori Woodward Bobo (LH60168278).

Out of State

Idaho: In December 2013 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Natalie A. Fister(LP00053334) with unprofessional conduct. Fister notified the commission that in 2013 she was convicted in Idaho of driving under the influence of alcohol (third or more offense).

Idaho: In December 2013 the Dental Commission ended conditions on the credential of dental assistant Breanna Fern Bailiff (D160249600).

Oregon: In December 2013 the Hearing and Speech Board charged speech language pathologistJocelyn Louise Meussdorffer (LL60262909) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly didn’t comply with terms of a previous agreement.

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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WA Dept of Health: Healthcare Provider Alerts

Contact: Media inquiries: Marqise Allen, Communications Office 360-236-4072

Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service 360-236-4700.

OLYMPIA, Washington – 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, [i.e. MDs, 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 nprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.

BENTON COUNTY

In November 2013, the Office of the Secretary suspended the credential of CNA Eva Barany (NC10020123) for five years. Barany borrowed $2,000 from a patient to cover moving expenses and never paid it back.

CLALLAM COUNTY

In September 2013 the Department of Health revoked the credential of RNA Laurie M. Morehead (NA00159879). She tended to a homebound client’s fractured arm and didn’t take him to a hospital, practicing outside the scope of her field.  The injury became infected and the client died. She also was intoxicated while tending to the client and took cash gifts from him.

In November 2013 the Board of Naturopathy suspended the credential of Naturopathic Physician Richard A. Marschall (NT00000532) for at least a year. He allegedly prescribed an unapproved drug from China to about 170 patients to help them lose weight.

CLARK COUNTY

In November 2013 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the credential of Paramedic Sarah Roskam (ES01170784). She relapsed and was diagnosed with opioid dependence after completing a substance abuse program.

In November 2013 the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission suspended the credential of LPN Paula Ann Harris (LP00040089) for at least three years. Harris was deemed unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety. She was hospitalized in a psychiatric unit after having suicidal thoughts.

COWLITZ COUNTY

In November 2013 the Examining Board of Psychology accepted the surrendered credential of Psychologist Karen Ann Pauly (PY00002823). She became involved in a sexual relationship
with a patient and took $15,000 from the patient for personal items, spending cash, and to help avoid foreclosure on her home. Pauly also bought prepaid cell phones for the patient, so his wife
wouldn’t find out about their relationship.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

In November 2013 the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of RN Kylee L. Rainwater (RN00166118). She didn’t comply with the
terms of her drug monitoring contract, testing positive for tramadol.

KING COUNTY

In November 2013 the secretary of health withdrew the statement of charges against NA Wondu G. Tanetse (NA60187481 and NC60190437).

In November 2013 the Board of Naturopathy indefinitely suspended the credential of Naturopathic Physician Anastasia D. Jones (NT00001612). She didn’t give a patient their medical records or itemized billing and didn’t cooperate with an investigation by the department.

In November 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of RNA Regina Daniels (NA00139243) for at least five years. Daniels was convicted of second-degree criminal mistreatment and found to have neglected vulnerable adults while working at an adult family home.

In November 2013 the Department of Health indefinitely suspended the credential of Practical Nurse Wendy Frauenberg (LP00045192). She didn’t comply with her reinstatement agreement by not completing a commission-approved refresher course.

In November 2013 the Medical Quality Assurance Commission accepted the surrender of the credential of Physician and Surgeon William L. Lanzer (MD00022061). He allegedly relapsed for a fifth time, violating the terms of his monitoring contract.

In November 2013 the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission suspended the credential of RN Patricia Marie Bursch (RN00058788) for at least a year. She’s charged with
exploiting a vulnerable adult after writing and cashing several checks from a trust account for her mother, who suffers from dementia.

In October 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of CNA Lucia Lacsamana Washington (NC10001426) for at least two years. Washington neglected a
vulnerable adult in her care.

In November 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of RNA Elena A. Dilla (NA60298768) for at least two years. Dilla neglected a vulnerable adult while she was employed as a caregiver at an adult family home.

KITSAP COUNTY

In November 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of RNA KC Marie Betancur (NA60283644) for at least five years. Betancur stole $100 from a patient at an assisted living community.

PIERCE COUNTY

In November 2013 the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission suspended the credential of
RN Lisa Anne Daily (RN00110540)  for at least two years. Daily admitted to having a substance abuse problem and attempting to take Fentanyl from her employer for personal use.

In November 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of CNA Kathleen A. Sallade (NC10102214) for at least 10 years. Sallade was convicted of first-degree trafficking stolen property. While working at an assisted living facility, she stole a resident’s jewelry and sold it at a pawn shop.

In November 2013 the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission suspended the credential of LPN Diana L. Snead (LP00025789) for at least two years. Snead didn’t enter
a treatment program, failing to meet the terms of her substance abuse contract.

In November 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of RNA Suia Seufale (NA60269598) for at least five years. Seufale was accused of stealing money and valuables from an assisted living facility. During the investigation, it was discovered that Seufale and her mother had been charged with second-degree theft. Criminal charging documents alleged that they were depositing fraudulent checks into each of their bank accounts. Seufale failed to cooperate with the Department of Health investigation.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY

In October 2013 the Department of Health indefinitely suspended the credential of CNA Leandra Marie Lynch (NC60135021). She didn’t submit employer reports or
reports of unemployment every three months, failing to meet the terms of her reinstatement order.

In November 2013 the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission indefinitely suspended the credentials of Pharmacy Assistant and Pharmacy Technician Ramsey Bruce Leggett (VB60115413 and VA60167258). He stole four tablets of diazepam for his personal use from his former employer.

In October 2013 the secretary of health denied reactivating the expired credential of CNA Kristen Marie Carter (NC10055741). Her credential was suspended by the Oregon State Board of Nursing for not cooperating with its investigation.

SPOKANE COUNTY

In October 2013 the Department of Health indefinitely suspended the credentials of RCNA, CNA Kristy L. Tooley Willcockson (NA60126326 and NC60163093). She didn’t meet the terms of her reinstatement order by not submitting her quarterly reports.

In November 2013 the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of LPN Gail L. Hunt (LP00038766). Hunt allegedly pressured a nursing assistant to perform a task that was outside the scope of her practice. She’s also charged with improperly administering glucose to a patient and changing the records to hide the mistake.

In November 2013 the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission indefinitely suspended the credential of RN Linda M. Gusch (RN00096929). She allegedly neglected patients on several occasions. In one incident, Gusch reported that a patient at a long-term care facility didn’t need immediate help, yet the patient was coughing uncontrollably and received treatment from another staff member.

In November 2013 the secretary of health suspended the credential of Social Worker Dennis J. Vandermause (LW00009372) for at least five years. He was indicted for billing Medicaid services he didn’t perform, and convicted of making false statements in a federal health care program.

THURSTON COUNTY

In November 2013 the Office of the Secretary suspended the credential of Health Care Assistant Angela Christine Coombes (HT60362044) for five years. She had sexual relationships with two patients.

YAKIMA COUNTY

In November 2013 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the credential of CNA Valerie Esquer (NC10050018). She tested positive for marijuana and cocaine.

STATE OF OREGON

In November 2013 the Medical Quality Assurance Commission terminated the terms and conditions against Physician and Surgeon Jerrold R. Darm (MD00018472).

In November 2013 the secretary of health issued a permanent cease and desist order to Sherry Dress. She helped deliver babies without a license to practice as a midwife in
Washington.

 In November 2013 the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission suspended the credential of RN Leona M. Smith (RN00177534) for 18 months. Smith’s credential was revoked by the Oregon State Board of Nursing for taking and texting a photo of a patient’s bare buttocks without their knowledge or consent.

The Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov) is your source for a healthy dose of information.

Source: WA Dept of Health – Published 1/14/14

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[Disclaimer:  Information on this post is directly from the Dept of Health’s website.  If you are unable about a health provider, always do your homework. This site is one good resource for those who wish to know more about each provider. – NWFB Editor]

 

FDA Approves New Diabetes Drug

For Immediate Release: Jan. 8, 2014
Media Inquiries: Morgan Liscinsky, 301-796-0397; morgan.liscinsky@fda.hhs.gov
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

FDA approves Farxiga to treat type 2 diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Farxiga (dapaglifozin) tablets to improve glycemic control, along with diet and exercise, in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes affects about 24 million people and accounts for more than 90 percent of diabetes cases diagnosed in the United States. Over time, high blood sugar levels can increase the risk for serious complications, including heart disease, blindness, and nerve and kidney damage.

“Controlling blood sugar levels is very important in the overall treatment and care of diabetes, and Farxiga provides an additional treatment option for millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes,” said Curtis Rosebraugh, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Farxiga is a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor that blocks the reabsorption of glucose by the kidney, increases glucose excretion, and lowers blood glucose levels. The drug’s safety and effectiveness were evaluated in 16 clinical trials involving more than 9,400 patients with type 2 diabetes. The trials showed improvement in HbA1c (hemoglogin A1c or glycosylated hemoglobin, a measure of blood sugar control).

Farxiga has been studied as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with other type 2 diabetes therapies including metformin, pioglitazone, glimepiride, sitagliptin, and insulin. Farxiga should not be used to treat people with type 1 diabetes; those who have increased ketones in their blood or urine (diabetic ketoacidosis); or those with moderate or severe renal impairment, end stage renal disease, or patients on dialysis.

An increased number of bladder cancers were diagnosed among Farxiga users in clinical trials so Farxiga is not recommended for patients with active bladder cancer. Patients with a history of bladder cancer should talk to their physician before using Farxiga. Farxiga can cause dehydration, leading to a drop in blood pressure (hypotension) that can result in dizziness and/or fainting and a decline in renal function. The elderly, patients with impaired renal function, and patients on diuretics to treat other conditions appeared to be more susceptible to this risk.

The FDA is requiring six post-marketing studies for Farxiga:

  • a  cardiovascular outcomes trial (CVOT) to evaluate the cardiovascular risk of Farxiga in patients with high baseline risk of cardiovascular disease;
  • a double-blind, randomized, controlled assessment of bladder cancer risk in patients enrolled in the CVOT;
  • an animal study evaluating the role of Farxiga-induced urinary flow/rate and composition changes on bladder tumor promotion in rodents;
  • two clinical trials to assess the pharmacokinetics, efficacy, and safety in pediatric patients; and
  • an enhanced pharmacovigilance program to monitor reports of  liver abnormalities and pregnancy outcomes.

In clinical trials the most common side effects observed in patients treated with Farxiga were genital mycotic (fungal) infections and urinary tract infections.

Farxiga is marketed by Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company, Princeton, N.J. and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals L.P., Wilmington, Delaware.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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Healthcare Providers Disciplined – 12/31/13

State disciplines health care providers

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

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider” 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 encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Clallam County

In November 2013 the Counselor Program conditionally granted an agency affiliated counselor credential to Harold Robert Heagy (CG60392874) and placed it on probation. Heagy must take continuing education in professional law and ethics, and must undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. He was convicted of one felony and four gross misdemeanors between 2008 and 2011.

Clark County

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Wendelin R. Russell (NC60014876) with unprofessional conduct. Russell allegedly stole controlled substances from a deceased patient’s home.

In November 2013 the Massage Program charged massage practitioner Rostislav V. Izhevskiy(MA60124536) with unprofessional conduct. In 2011 Izhevskiy was convicted of first-degree criminal impersonation. In 2013 he was convicted of custodial assault and first-degree criminal trespass. Izhevskiy didn’t report the convictions to the Department of Health.

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program reinstated the registered nursing assistant credential of Irina N. Gorlova (NA00091485), whose credential was suspended for at least five years in 2004. She was convicted of third-degree theft in connection with taking money from a purse in a resident’s room. Her credential is on probation for two years.

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program ended probation for certified nursing assistantKayla Shawna Conger (NC60207474).

King County

In November 2013 the Psychology Board entered an agreement with psychologist Elizabeth M. Milo(PY00002526) that places her credential on probation for at least two years. Milo must pay a $2,000 fine. She entered a barter agreement with a patient, creating a confusing dual relationship that could or did create a risk of harming the therapeutic relationship.

In November 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Rachel L. Nezat(RN00174765) with unprofessional conduct. In 2009 Nezat was convicted on a federal charge of acquiring a controlled substance by deception in connection with diverting narcotics from Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center. In 2013 she allegedly entered the rooms of at least two patients at Swedish Hospital and tampered with machines that dispense pain medication even though she didn’t work there. She was later convicted of two counts of property destruction.

In November 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Kevin Allen Hamel (CO60410746) that placed his credential on probation and ordered him to undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. Hamel must take continuing education in professional law and ethics. He was convicted of two gross misdemeanors and two criminal misdemeanors between 2004 and 2007.

In November 2013 the Medical Commission entered an agreement with physician Kenneth Hong(MD00016461) that places his license on probation for at least five years. It also censures him for callous disregard for his patients’ well-being, and for lowering the standing of the profession in the eyes of the public. Hong must pay a $14,000 fine. He provided substandard care to seven patients by not adequately monitoring treatment follow-up and results, and in some cases charting almost identical diagnoses and issuing identical medication combinations for a variety of patients between 2000 and 2011.

Lincoln County

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program ended conditions on the credential of certified nursing assistant Michele L. Henderson (NC10048147).

Okanogan County

In November 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse April Ann Carden(RN00155917) with unprofessional conduct. In 2010 Carden was convicted of fourth-degree assault, driving while intoxicated, use of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. In 2012 she was convicted of fourth-degree assault. In 2013 she signed a substance abuse monitoring contract that required her to contact a treatment program within 45 days. Charges say she didn’t comply.

Pierce County

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program entered an agreement with certified nursing assistant Earnestine Neal (NC10022228) that puts her credential on probation for at least a year. Neal provided inadequate care, including toileting, to a nursing facility patient and then misstated the amount of care she provided.

In November 2013 the Nursing Commission suspended the credential of licensed practical nurse Drew Anne Hamrick (LP00044526) for at least 10 years. Hamrick was convicted of four counts of tampering with a witness and one count of unlawful imprisonment.

In November 2013 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse Deborah A. Clark (RN00079021) that says she must complete either an advance cardiovascular life support course or continuing education in cardiac-pacemaker care. Clark gave medication to a patient without a doctor’s order while working in a hospital’s critical care unit.

In November 2013 the Nursing Commission ended conditions on the credential of registered nurseLinda L. Martin (RN00089136).

Snohomish County

In November 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Greg William Fankhauser (CO60399316) and ordered him to undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2009 Fankhauser was convicted of third-degree malicious mischief.

In November 2013 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with licensed practical nurse Ester C. Chavez (LP00035379) that places her on probation for at least 18 months. Chavez must pay a $500 fine. She gave medication to a patient with no current lab results or updated order.

Spokane County

In October 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program denied a certified nursing assistant credential toShannon Marie McKinney (NC60398552), who was conditionally granted a registered nursing assistant credential in 2013. McKinney was offered a credential subject to conditions, but did not respond.

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program conditionally granted a registered nursing assistant credential to Taylor Paul Dodge (NA60415534) and ordered him to undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2008 Dodge was convicted of one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance — methadone, and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance — marijuana.

In November 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Timothy J. Anderson(RN00136211) with unprofessional conduct. At least 48 times in 2012, Anderson allegedly didn’t administer narcotic medication, didn’t properly document administering it, or didn’t properly document disposing of it. Charges say he didn’t cooperate with a Department of Health investigator or comply with a previous stipulation.

Thurston County

In November 2013 the Medical Assistant Program conditionally granted a medical assistant-hemodialysis technician credential to Amy Rachelle Edmunds (HT60361771) and ordered her to continue participating in a substance abuse monitoring program she was required to enter when she was granted a health care assistant credential in 2011.

In November 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Willard Douglas DeRouen Jr. (CO60385070). The program placed his credential on probation, ordered him to undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program and to take continuing education in professional law and ethics. DeRouen was convicted of seven felonies between 1998 and 2008.

In November 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Amanda M. Liberty(RN00163459) with unprofessional conduct. Liberty allegedly dispensed narcotic painkillers for patients but didn’t properly document administering or disposing of the medication on repeated occasions in 2007. Charges say she admitted diverting the narcotics for her own use, and then didn’t complete a substance abuse treatment program.

Out of State

Texas: In October 2013 the secretary of health denied a temporary permit to practice psychology toTheresa Marie Sharpe (TE60404715), who doesn’t meet the educational requirements.

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.

[Source: WA Dept of Public Health]

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WA Healthcare Providers Disciplined

Press release date: 12/30/13  (13-174)

Contact:

Media inquiries: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications Office              360-236-4074

Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service                       360-236-4700

State disciplines health care providers

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

The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).

Information about health care providers is on the agency website. Click on “Look up a healthcare provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.

Benton County

In November 2013 the Dental Commission charged dental assistant Jessica Ann Peterson(D160191460) with unprofessional conduct. In 2013 Peterson was convicted of second-degree assault.

Chelan County

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Dylan Dean Farley (NA60324410) with unprofessional conduct. Farley allegedly reported to work at an adult family home while she was intoxicated, smelling of alcohol, stumbling around and talking loudly. Employees later found a half-empty liquor bottle in a closet. Farley hasn’t responded to a Department of Health investigator’s inquiry.

Clallam County

In November 2013 the Dental Commission conditionally granted a dental assistant credential toMaureen Rose Osterberg (D160409489), who falsely indicated she had no criminal history on her application. In 2003 she was convicted of fourth-degree assault — domestic violence. In 2007 she received pre-trial diversion after being charged with second-degree assault. In 2011 she entered a drug-court program after being charged with making a forged prescription.

Clark County

In November 2013 the Mental Health Counselor Program charged mental health counselor Hannah N. Fischer (LH00010659) with unprofessional conduct. Fischer allegedly allowed a client to barter services for treatment sessions, blurred client-therapist boundaries by forming a personal relationship with the client, didn’t consult other experts in fields related to the client’s disorders, and didn’t properly end the client-therapist relationship.

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Lemuel Magro Riano (NA60202703) with unprofessional conduct. While working at an adult family home, Riano allegedly had sexual contact and intercourse with one resident, yelled at and hit another, and kissed a third.

In November 2013 the Massage Program charged massage practitioner Patrick J. Sellem(MA60284842) with unprofessional conduct. In 2013 Sellem was convicted of two counts of voyeurism, one count of second-degree criminal trespass, and one count of violation of a civil anti-harassment protection order.

Cowlitz County

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant and Medical Assistant programs charged registered nursing assistant and medical assistant Samantha Jean Rosenbaum (NA60110269, CM60375653) with unprofessional conduct. Rosenbaum allegedly called-in fraudulent, unauthorized prescriptions that she or her boyfriend picked up.

King County

In November 2013 the Pharmacy Commission ended probation for pharmacist Patrick G. Oyco(PH00021211).

In November 2013 the Medical Assistant Program ended probation for health care assistant and medical assistant Nika Marie Onka (HC60286935, CM60382594).

In November 2013 the Dental Commission charged dental assistant Laura Rose Johnson(D160062664) with unprofessional conduct. Johnson allegedly didn’t comply with a 2013 agreement to enroll in a substance abuse monitoring program.

In November 2013 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program conditionally granted a chemical dependency professional trainee credential to Eric John Martenson (CO60378695) and placed him on probation. Martenson must undergo screening for a substance abuse monitoring program. Between 2005 and 2011, Martenson was convicted of six gross misdemeanors.

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program conditionally granted a certified nursing assistant credential to Kaela Marie Doherty (NC60407866) and ordered her to undergo screening for a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2013 she was convicted in Montana of theft, driving while intoxicated, and resisting arrest. In 2004 she was also convicted in Montana of driving while intoxicated.

In November 2013 the Medical Commission ended terms of an order with physician Marc D. Pellicciaro (MD00036813).

In November 2013 the Medical Commission entered an agreement with physician James E. Clark(MD00030484) that places him on probation and requires him to continue complying with a substance abuse monitoring contract. Clark must pay a $2,000 fine. He has entered alcohol treatment programs four times since 2009, each time agreeing to abstain from alcohol.

In November 2013 the Massage Program charged massage practitioner Dwaine Jeffrey Breed(MA60116962) with unprofessional conduct. While massaging a patient, Breed allegedly looked at and touched the patient’s genitals, became sexually aroused and said, “I’ve lost my composure.” In 2012 Breed was convicted of two counts of voyeurism in connection with the incident.

In November 2013 the Chiropractic Commission charged chiropractor Vyacheslav A. Borisenko(CH00033992) with unprofessional conduct. Borisenko allegedly inadequately treated five patients, including exaggerating a patient’s condition, taking inadequate X-rays and not providing patients with eye protection, and not documenting how conditions were resolved.

Kitsap County

In November 2013 the Medical Commission ended terms of an agreement with physician Susan J. Eagan (MD00049436).

Snohomish County

In November 2013 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Julie Francine Rabe(RN60241953) with unprofessional conduct. Rabe allegedly didn’t properly administer, dispose of, or document the use of patient medications.

Spokane County

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Sharon Lynn Hannum (NA00136678) with unprofessional conduct. Hannum didn’t indicate any action had been taken to restrict her right to practice on a 2013 application to reactivate her credential. In 2009 the Department of Social and Health Services found Hannum had abused, neglected, and financially exploited a vulnerable adult.

In November 2013 the Mental Health Counselor Program charged mental health counselor Candace P. Camp (LH00005536) with unprofessional conduct. Camp allegedly admitted having a personal and sexual relationship with a patient.

Thurston County

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Kerri Koch(NC10029326) with unprofessional conduct. In 2013 she was convicted of first-degree theft with aggravating circumstances and with first-degree trafficking in stolen property. Koch was convicted in connection with the theft of property worth more than $5,000 from a vulnerable adult patient.

Whatcom County

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Leslie L. Fairchild (NA60013466) with unprofessional conduct. After finding Fairchild abused a vulnerable adult while working in an adult family home, the Department of Social and Health Services will not allow her to be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.

Yakima County

In November 2013 the Osteopathic Board entered an agreement with osteopathic physician Michael A. Thomas (OP00001567) that places him on probation. Thomas must undergo a medical evaluation and must participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. Before and after undergoing back surgery, Thomas filled prescriptions for thousands of narcotic pills. While he was performing surgery in 2012, others saw him behave abnormally in the operating room. He was relieved of his surgical duties, failed a drug test, was found to be impaired, and had his privileges revoked by the hospital where he performed the surgery.

In November 2013 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Maria Lourdes Martinez (NC10035858) with unprofessional conduct. Martinez allegedly made unauthorized purchases on a credit card belonging to a patient of the home health agency where she worked. In October 2013 she was convicted of second-degree identity theft.

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.

[Source:  WA Dept of Public Health]

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