For immediate release: December 11, 2017 (17-171)
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 Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner Kelly Martene Bell (RN00075082, AP30005937) under which she surrendered her advanced registered nurse practitioner credential. Bell didn’t meet the standard of care in treating two patients, including her prescribing practices, documentation, and monitoring.
In November 2017 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the certified medical assistant credential of Nicole Renee Dollarhide (CM60374094). Dollarhide twice tested positive for cocaine metabolites and once tested positive for oxycodone metabolites.
In November 2017 the secretary of health suspended the registered nursing assistant credential of Christopher James Conley (NA60394645) for at least 10 years. 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.
Out of State
Montana: In November 2017 the Nursing Commission charged registered nurse Rosemary Catherine Peters (RN60385232) with unprofessional conduct and suspended her credential. Peters misappropriated money designated for her parents-in-law, using it for her own expenses and leaving an unpaid balance of $67,000 at the memory care facility where her mother-in-law resided. The state Department of Social and Health Services found that Peters financially exploited a vulnerable adult. She can’t be employed in caring for vulnerable adults.
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