For immediate release: March 11, 2022 (22-037)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications, 360-549-6471
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service, 360-236-4700
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 the following 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 (e.g., dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary action taken against medical doctors and physician assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary actions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Look up a health care 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 unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In February 2022 the Nursing Commission suspended the registered nurse license of Roxanne Dawn Kokkeler (RN00119056) after the Oregon State Board of Nursing revoked Kokkeler’s license to practice as a registered nurse for at least three years. The Oregon State Board of Nursing revoked Kokkeler’s license because she was practicing without a current credential and failed to cooperate during its investigation.
In February 2022 the Nursing Commission and licensed practical nurse Lisa K. Whitcher (LP00020987) entered an agreement where Whitcher agreed to surrender her credential and not resume her nursing practice at any future date, including temporary, emergency, or volunteer work. Whitcher was under the influence of alcohol while on duty at the facility where she worked.
In February 2022 the Pharmacy Commission suspended the pharmacy assistant license of Semira Ahmed Hussein (VB60975220) for at least two years and required her to complete continuing education in patient rights and dignity and law and ethics before she can practice again. The Department of Social and Health Services found Hussein neglected six vulnerable adults, a decision affirmed after an administrative hearing.