For immediate release: October 24, 2017 (17-150)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Strategic Communications Office 360-549-6471
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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against health care providers in our state.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 October 2017 the Dental Commission charged dental assistant Oscar Daniel Nieves (D160211141) with unprofessional conduct. In 2017 Nieves was convicted of two counts of felony domestic violence court order violation, as well as one count each of second-degree assault – domestic violence and residential burglary – domestic violence.
In October 2017 the secretary of health conditionally granted an agency-affiliated counselor credential to Daphne Lynn Kraabell (CG60775398) and ordered her to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. Between 1995 and 2014, Kraabell was convicted of eight felonies and two gross misdemeanors.
In October 2017 the Unlicensed Practice Program ordered Jin Hua Li to cease and desist from practicing massage without a license, and to pay a $2,000 fine. Li provided massage therapy without a valid license.
In October 2017 the secretary of health conditionally granted a registered nursing assistant credential to Brandie Lynn Weston (NA60794406) and placed her on probation. In February 2017 Weston agreed to terms and conditions on her certified nursing assistant credential.
In October 2017 the secretary of health conditionally granted an agency-affiliated counselor credential to Laura Lee Navarro (CG60797678) and ordered her to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program. In 2014 Navarro surrendered her California registered nurse and nurse practitioner credentials.
In October 2017 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Christopher James Conley (NA60394645) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say Conley pleaded guilty to one count of indecent liberties and one count of third-degree assault in connection with sexual contact with patients at Western State Hospital, where he worked.
In October 2017 the secretary of health ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee David G. Woldtvedt (CO60546143).
In October 2017 the secretary of health ended probation for chemical dependency professional trainee James Robert Bartlow (CO60561334).
In October 2017 the Medical Commission charged physician Patricia C. O’Rourke (MD00025963) with unprofessional conduct. Charges say O’Rourke prescribed opioids and other medications to multiple patients without adequate diagnoses, testing, documentation, or referral, and did not explore other treatment options.
In October 2017 the Home Care Aide Program charged home care aide Crystal Rene Whited (HM60633531) with unprofessional conduct. While she was providing in-home care services to a patient, charges say, Whited drank about half a gallon of liquor, became extremely intoxicated, and consequently entered an intensive inpatient rehabilitation program.
Out of State
Idaho: In October 2017 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Richard Ryan Marquardt (RN60303599) with unprofessional conduct. Marquardt allegedly diverted narcotics from the hospital where he worked.
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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