For immediate release: May 31, 2022 (22-074)
contact: Sharon Moisyuk, communications 360-549-6471
Public Inquiries: Customer Service at Health Systems 360-236-4700
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certificates, or registrations of the following health care providers in our state. The department also immediately stopped identifying people banned from practicing in other countries.
The department’s health system quality assurance department works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health professions (eg dentists, nurses, counselors). Information on disciplinary action taken against doctors and medical assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission’s (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary action can be sent to [email protected]
Information on health care providers is available on the agency’s website. Click on the “Get a Healthcare Provider License” section of the How-To section of the Department of Health homepage (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information on the status of a healthcare provider’s license, the expiration date and renewal of their credentials, disciplinary action and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available at 360-236-4700. Consumers who believe that a healthcare provider has acted unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and complain.
In March 2022, the Hearing and Speech Council removed the speech therapist Tracy A. Bair Hutchins (LL00003176). Hutchins recorded treatment for patients, but never provided services while working in a rehab facility.
In March 2022, the Minister of Health revoked the license for a home care assistant John Stephen Gale (HM60604379). In 2021, Gale was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and harassment with death threats at the Clalam County Supreme Court.
In April 2022, the Minister of Health suspended the license for professional trainee for violation of the use of substances Douglas Paul Brown (CO60956432). Brown is abusing controlled substances.
In April 2022, the Nursing Commission suspended the license of a registered nurse of Teresa Elizabeth Keith (RN00114854), after withdrawing from a substance use monitoring program in which she agreed to participate in order to avoid potential discipline.
In April 2022, the Minister of Health suspended the license of a home care assistant Austin Riley McLaughlin (HM60768975) after being convicted of assault related to domestic violence in Marysville Municipal Court.
In April 2022, the Minister of Health suspended the license of the registered medical assistant David Yu. Kolesnikov (NA60246330). Kolesnikov did not provide medication on a patient’s schedule and took personal belongings out of another patient’s room without permission.
In April 2022, the Minister of Health rejected the request for reactivation of a certified medical assistant for Muriel R. Snake skin (NC60086077) and terminated her license. Snakeskin failed to comply with a 2015 agreement requiring her to complete further education and pay a fine.
Outside the country
Montana: In March 2022, the Nursing Commission immediately terminated the license of a registered nurse of Kelly Morrow Koch (RN00087640) after the Montana Board of Nursing revoked Koch’s license as a registered nurse for failing to use proper judgment on safe nursing practices and improperly delegated nursing care.
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