For immediate release: December 1, 2017 (17-165)
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 Chemical Dependency Professional Program indefinitely suspended the chemical dependency professional trainee credential of Trista Renee Rajic (CO60765003), who didn’t comply with a requirement to enter a substance abuse monitoring program.
In November 2017 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Kate Vernier-Fabian (NC60095390) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended her credential. The state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) found that Vernier-Fabian forged a patient’s checks totaling $20,285 and deposited them into her bank accounts. After determining that Vernier-Fabian financially exploited a vulnerable adult, DSHS will not allow her to be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In November 2017 the Medical Assistant Program indefinitely suspended the medical assistant credential of Phaedra Lynn Hall (CM60374377), who didn’t comply with a requirement to enter a substance abuse monitoring program.
In November 2017 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program entered an agreement with chemical dependency professional trainee Philip Soaring Hawk Peterson (CO60214535) that indefinitely suspends his credential. Peterson didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract.
In November 2017 the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Rothanai Phan (NA60650871) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended her credential. The state Department of Social and Health Services determined Phan screamed at, cursed at, hit, and kicked the vulnerable adult on the ground. Phan can’t be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In November 2017 the Chemical Dependency Professional Program entered an agreement with chemical dependency professional trainee Breanna Leigh Hagen (CO60524473) that indefinitely suspends her credential. Hagen didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract.
In November 2017 the Nursing Assistant Program charged certified nursing assistant Lawrence Steward Johnson (NC10011659) with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended his credential. The state Department of Social and Health Services, which found that Johnson neglected a vulnerable adult in his care, will not allow him to be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In November the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the registered nursing assistant credential of Jesse Edward Martin (NA60487833), who didn’t give a resident his seizure medication, but documented that he had.
In November 2017 mental health counselor Katie L. Knust (LH00011106) permanently surrendered her credential. Knust developed a relationship with a client outside the treatment setting, and didn’t coordinate the client’s treatment with other providers.
Out of State
North Dakota: In November 2017 the Home Care Aide Program entered an agreement with home care aide Christie Featherstone-Heroux (HM60565194) that indefinitely suspends her credential. Featherstone-Heroux, while providing care for a vulnerable, elderly patient with Alzheimer’s disease, left the patient alone and unattended for a significant period. She was highly intoxicated from alcohol while she was in the patient’s home.
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