For immediate release: November 14, 2017 (17-158)
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 secretary of health indefinitely suspended the registered nursing assistant and home care aide credentials of Caroline Wairigu Njoroge (NA60472617, HM60532659). Njoroge reported between two and three hours late to accompany a patient on an outing. She was arrested in connection with criminal trespass after refusing to leave the patient’s facility after being told to do so. A breath alcohol test yielded a result of .17.
In October 2017 the Chiropractic Commission indefinitely suspended the chiropractor credential of Michael L. Wagner (CH00003618), who didn’t comply with probationary terms to which he agreed.
In October 2017 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the registered nursing assistant and registered medical assistant credentials of Mikhaela Ann Mollotte (NA60471433, MR60538019). Mollotte called in an unauthorized tranquilizer prescription for herself, and didn’t respond to a Department of Health investigator’s inquiry.
In November 2017 the secretary of health suspended the registered nursing assistant credential of Maria C. Ramirez (NA00152064) for at least five years. While she worked at an assisted living facility, Ramirez deposited, cashed, or attempted to deposit at least seven checks totaling about $5,867 made out to her from an elderly resident’s bank account. Ramirez told police she stole and forged at least five of the checks.