For immediate release: February 22, 2016 (16-015)
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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 health care 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.
In September 2015 the Pharmacy Commission agreed to reinstate the pharmacy technician credential of Jackie K. Shawley (VA00044121). The commission placed Shawley on probation for at least one year. Shawley’s license was revoked in 2003 after she admitted diverting narcotics from the pharmacy where she worked and selling them for cash.
In September 2015 the Unlicensed Practice Program entered an agreement with Richard Marschall that requires him to cease and desist from practicing as a naturopathic physician without a license, and pay a $5,000 fine. Marschall continued practicing naturopathic medicine after his license was suspended.
In September 2015 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Glen Richard Tilden (LP00043006) with unprofessional conduct. Tilden allegedly didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract.
In March 2015 the secretary of health denied medical assistant-hemodialysis technician and medical assistant phlebotomist credentials to Olga V. Moskalets (HT60471032, PC60485408). Moskalets was convicted of second-degree malicious mischief in 2013.
In September 2015 the Nursing Commission ended probation for registered nurse Diana Deering (RN00161768).
In September 2015 the Unlicensed Practice Program entered an agreement with Jim Jorgensen that requires him to cease and desist from practicing as a veterinary technician, and pay a $1,000 fine. While Jorgensen had no credential, he offered his services in a way that lead people to believe he was a veterinary technician.
In September 2015 the Pharmacy Commission charged pharmacist Nguyen Cam Tu (PH00042604) with unprofessional conduct. Tu allegedly dispensed an inhaler to his girlfriend, who didn’t have a prescription for it. Charges say the inhaler was prescribed for Tu. The prescription label allegedly didn’t include proper labeling information, but did include a love note from Tu. He allegedly billed two patients’ insurance for items that were given to another person. Tu allegedly told a Department of Health investigator he had on occasion given other people legend drugs and controlled substances left over from his own prescriptions.
In September 2015 the Pharmacy Commission issued a statement of charges against the University of Washington Medical Center’s inpatient pharmacy (CF00001058), and pharmacists Steven A. Fijalka (PH00011708), the pharmacy’s responsible manager, and Shabir M. Somani (PH00017358), the chief pharmacy officer. Charges allege inspections in May and June of 2014 revealed deficiencies in sterile compounding practices. Those deficiencies include policy and personnel issues such as record-keeping and staff training, as well as cleanliness and facility design concerns.
In September 2015 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Shen Yankun of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Yankun allegedly has no massage practitioner license, but operates a business that advertises massage and employs unlicensed personnel.
In September 2015 the Unlicensed Practice Program notified Jennifer Lueng of its intent to issue a cease-and-desist order. Charges say Lueng doesn’t have a massage practitioner license, and operates a business where an unlicensed person offered to perform massage.
In September 2015 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with licensed practical nurse Julita Wanda Gasior (LP00043099) that will monitor her practice for at least one year. Gasior must pay a $500 fine, and complete continuing education in assessment, end-of-life care, and “do not resuscitate and physician orders for life-sustaining treatment.” While she was working at a skilled nursing facility, Gasior didn’t follow a physician’s orders about life-sustaining treatment for a patient.
In September 2015 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with licensed practical nurse Irene E. Cessor (LP00043227) that places her credential on probation for at least three years. Cessor operated an adult family home where she strapped a patient to a chair with a belt and propped a mattress against the side of the patient’s bed. She did not follow doctor’s orders for patient care, including properly managing the patient’s medication. The state Department of Social and Health Services revoked Cessor’s adult family home license.
In September 2015 the Medical Commission charged physician Cynthia M. Mosbrucker (MD60016675) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly violated the standard of care while treating and caring for a family member. In January 2016 Mosbrucker and the Medical Commission entered an agreement where Mosbrucker will set boundaries when treating or caring for a family member.
In September 2015 the Chiropractic Commission charged chiropractor John B. Cornell (CH00001046) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say Cornell is a member of a company that provides a concentrated oxygen environment in a tent-like structure. Cornell allegedly referred seven patients for hyperbaric treatment without documenting that he had examined them.
In September 2015 the Unlicensed Practice Program entered an agreement with Wen Juan Ji requiring Ji to cease and desist from practicing massage without a license and pay a $1,000 fine. Ji has no massage practitioner credential, but offered to perform massage.
In September 2015 the Medical Assistant Program entered an agreement with certified medical assistant and medical assistant-phlebotomist Carol Denise Costanzo (CM60379439, PC60379445) that places her credentials on probation for at least two years. Costanzo must complete continuing education in ethics. She admitted using her employer’s prescription system to enter unauthorized prescriptions for her own use.
In September 2015 the Nursing Assistant and Respiratory Care Practitioner programs agreed to reinstate the registered nursing assistant and respiratory care practitioner credentials of Scott Warren Reed (NA00084710, LR00001309) and placed his credentials on probation for at least three years. Reed must pay a $500 fine, and complete continuing education in patient rights and dignity, caring for the elderly, preventing pressure ulcers, and personal care. Reed’s licenses were suspended in February 2015. A vulnerable adult who lived in Reed’s home and who depended on Reed and his wife for help with daily activities was taken by emergency services workers to a hospital. She was found to have a stage one pressure sore, urine-soaked clothing, and dried fecal matter on her body.
In July 2015 the Osteopathic Board amended a statement of charges against osteopathic physician Larry S. Lefors (OP00000767) to add a reference to a rule related to guidance an osteopathic physician should follow.
In September 2015 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse Al Bjorn Casquejo Dizon (RN60287770) that requires him to undergo evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. Dizon admitted using methamphetamine.
Out of State
Oregon: In September 2015 the Unlicensed Practice Program entered an agreement with Xing Ling Rong requiring Rong to cease and desist from practicing massage without a license and pay a $500 fine. Rong received a diversion agreement on a criminal charge of practicing massage without a license.
Oregon: In September 2015 the Unlicensed Practice Program entered an agreement with Kimberlee Anne Cvitash that requires her to cease and desist from practicing massage without a license, and pay a $500 fine. Cvitash, who doesn’t have a massage practitioner license, owns a business that advertised massage and solicited customers. She represented herself as a “certified massage specialist.”
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.