For immediate release: October 15, 2018 (18-148)
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 August 2018 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the licensed practical nurse credential of Margaret Lynn Doyle (LP60447600). Doyle allegedly tested positive for alcohol after reporting to work smelling of alcohol and slurring her speech.
In September 2018 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse Autumn M. Antovich Skeel, also known as Autumn A. Skeel (RN00125048), that suspends her credential. The nurse took what she thought were prescription narcotics from a senior living facility resident’s apartment, only to return the material when she found out she had taken mints instead of medication. Skeel admitted previously taking the patient’s medication. In 2017 Skeel entered a drug diversion agreement on a second-degree burglary charge.
In September 2018 the Medical Commission charged physician assistant Sean P. Pearson (PA60610092) with being unable to practice with reasonable skill and safety, and immediately suspended his credential. Pearson worked at a primary care clinic where he was first placed on leave and then discharged in connection with dishonesty about medication disposal, along with concerns about his prescribing patterns and potentially placing patients at risk of harm. An evaluation indicated Pearson isn’t able to practice safely.
In September 2018 the secretary of health suspended for at least three years the certified nursing assistant credential of Kimberley Diane Mounts (NC10044588). The state Department of Social and Health Services found that Mounts financially exploited two vulnerable adults in her care. She can’t be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In August 2018 the secretary of health revoked the home care aide credential of Fitisemanu S. Lotovaivai (HM60658786). The state Department of Social and Health Services found that Lotovaivai improperly restrained a vulnerable adult in her care. She is disqualified from caring for vulnerable adults, juveniles and children.
In September 2018 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the registered nurse credential of Anna Christina Strickland (RN60405937), who on multiple occasions didn’t accurately document and/or administer medications.