For immediate release: December 12, 2017 (17-172)
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 November 2017 the Radiologic Technologist Program indefinitely suspended the radiologic technologist credential of Vitautas Lapinskas (RT60736439), who didn’t comply with a requirement to participate in a substance abuse monitoring program.
In November 2017 the Chiropractic Commission revoked the chiropractor credential of Jeffrey L. Matheny (CH00003438) for at least five years. Matheny, whose license was suspended in February 2017, didn’t fulfill a patient’s request for medical records. A commission investigator was sent to deliver a letter of cooperation on the complaint to Matheny’s address of record. The investigator observed a clinic space containing a treatment table, that a patient was on the treatment table, and that advertising for his chiropractic clinic was in the entrance lobby.
In December 2017 the Nursing Commission indefinitely suspended the licensed practical nurse credential of Alberto M. Corpuz (LP00040700), who didn’t call 9-1-1 after a patient with chest pains and respiratory distress received no relief from medication. The state Department of Social and Health Services found that Corpuz neglected the patient and he can’t be employed in caring for vulnerable adults.
In November 2017 the Chiropractic Commission suspended the chiropractor credential of Terry Ray Rouse (CH00002727) for at least five years. In 2017 Rouse was convicted of third-degree assault. He engaged in sexual misconduct with patients.
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