For immediate release: October 17, 2018 (18-150)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Strategic Communications Office 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 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., medical doctors, nurses, counselors).
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 October 2018 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the licensed practical nurse credential of Danete J. Frederickson (LP00051448). Frederickson was involved in at least 52 discrepancies with controlled substances at a facility where she worked. At least twice while she worked at a rehabilitation center she didn’t properly account for narcotics.
Grays Harbor County
In October 2018 the Medical Assistant Program entered an agreement with certified medical assistant Alana S. Garst Biggs (CM60367100) that suspends her credential for at least five years. In 2018 Biggs was convicted of first-degree theft, two counts of first-degree identity theft, and seven counts of second-degree identity theft.
In October 2018 the secretary of health suspended for at least 10 years the mental health counselor credential of Lewis C. Cox (LH60070302). In 2018 Cox was charged with four counts of first-degree possession of depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
In September 2018 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the certified medical assistant and X-ray technician credentials of Chrystal Leann Bock (CM60381764, XT60640675). While Bock worked at a state correctional facility, she gave a prisoner her personal phone number and received about 70 calls from him. She acknowledged agreeing to smuggle marijuana into the facility for the prisoner, but denied that she intended to follow through with the plan.
In October 2018 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program entered an agreement with chemical dependency professional trainee Katie Jane Hoehn (CO60812940) that indefinitely suspends her credential. Hoehn didn’t abide by a substance abuse monitoring contract.
In September 2018 the secretary of health suspended for at least four years the registered nursing assistant credential of Darius Dominique DeShazier (NA60786683). In 2018 DeShazier was convicted of fraudulent insurance claim, and of solicitation to commit violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act: obtain hydrocodone. He didn’t respond to a Department of Health investigator’s inquiry.
Out of State
Colorado: In October 2018 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the certified nursing assistant credential of Vanessa Marie Jolley (NC60812943), who displayed signs of impairment and was found unresponsive while on duty at a rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility.
Oregon: In October 2018 the secretary of health suspended for at least 12 months the certified nursing assistant credential of Daniela Juliana Boca (NC60266264). The state Department of Social and Health Services found that Boca mentally abused a vulnerable adult in her care. Boca can’t be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.