For immediate release: January 3, 2022 (22-001)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications 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 the following 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., dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary action taken against medical doctors and physician assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary actions can be sent to email@example.com.
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 2021 the Nursing Commission suspended the license of registered nurse Donald J. Schaefer (RN.00171483). Schaefer surrendered his license in Oregon after the Oregon State Board of Nursing found he had failed to comply with a prior disciplinary order requiring toxicology testing.
In November 2021 the Nursing Commission suspended the license of registered nurse Jeff Tchai-Fu Su (RN.60287904) for one year. Su failed to assess and evaluate two patients under his care and made false entries into the medical record for one of those patients, creating an unreasonable risk of harm.
In December 2021 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the certified nursing assistant license of Kevin Michael Wall (NC.60271822). He failed to complete a substance use program.
In October 2021 the Massage Therapist Program suspended the massage therapist license of Edward Y. Kim (MA.00013024) for not complying with a requirement to submit regular performance evaluations or declarations of unemployment.
In December 2021 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the certified medical assistant license of Theresa A. Coleman (CM.60383699) for not complying with a requirement to participate in a substance use monitoring program.
In December 2021 the Nursing Commission suspended the registered nurse and advanced registered nurse practitioner licenses of Alexander Ponomarenko (RN.00131433, AP.30007005) for at least 36 months. Ponomarenko used his work computer to search over 100 pornographic websites, using search terms for pictures of girls and boys under the age of 18. He also failed to adequately document information into the medical records of eight patients, resulting in medication errors and erroneous diagnoses.
In November 2021 the Nursing Commission suspended the license of registered nurse Gary Troy Wright (RN.60624238). The Oklahoma Board of Nursing suspended Wright’s registered nurse and certified registered nurse licenses for placing an anesthesia circuit hose into his mouth on at least six occasions during a surgical procedure, and for holding an anesthesia circuit hose in his hand while bleeding from his face and sitting on the floor of an empty operating room.
In December 2021 the secretary of health suspended the certified nursing assistant license of Susan Marie Cruz (NC.10041972) for at least five years for stealing $61,000 from a patient.
In November 2021 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the certified nursing assistant license of Mariela Concepcion Ramirez (NC.60458771). Ramirez was convicted of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, a class C felony, in Yakima Superior Court.
Out of State
Delaware: In November 2021 the Nursing Commission entered an agreement with registered nurse Nathaniel David Swift-Erslev (RN.60832241) that indefinitely suspends his license. The Delaware Board of Nursing had placed his license on probation for three years contingent on Swift-Erslev’s enrolling in its monitoring program within 30 days. The Delaware Board of Nursing based its discipline on allegations of diversion of controlled substances and substance use.
Oregon: In December 2021 the secretary of health suspended the mental health counselor license of James Randy Webb (LH.60185615), pending further legal action. Webb’s license was revoked by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners for treatment of clients with whom he had a previous relationship and financial and billing records issues.