Immediate release: June 21, 2022 (22-089)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications 360-549-6471
Public Questions: Health Systems Customer Service 360-236-4700
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 also immediately suspended the credentials of people who were banned 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 professionals (e.g., dentists, nurses, counselors). Information on disciplinary action taken against physicians and medical assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary action can be sent to email@example.com.
Information on health care providers is available on the agency’s website. Click on “Find a license from a healthcare provider” under “How do I get it?” section of the home page of the Department of Health (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information on the licensing status of a health care provider, the date of expiration and renewal of their credentials, disciplinary action, and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available. by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think that a healthcare provider has acted without professionals are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In May 2022, the health secretary suspended Sheri Lynn Ingraham’s registered nursing assistant license (NA60823861). Ingraham smelled of alcohol and fainted while working a shift in a supported life structure. Read also : ‘Hit, kick, spit on’: Virginia health workers say they face more violence since pandemic.
In May 2022, the Nursing Commission suspended Shirley Onyeamechl Okpalobi’s licensed practice nurse credential (LP60699826). Okpalobi went through his education to get a registered nursing license. Okpalobi also falsified the facts during an investigation by the Nursing Commission.
In May 2022, the Secretary of Health suspended for at least 10 years the license of emergency medical technician Andrew J. Sapier (ES00124094). In March 2021, Sapier was charged with two counts of attempted rape of a child and a communication account with a minor for immoral purposes in Pierce County Superior Court. His license was temporarily suspended in January.
Out of State
In May 2022, the health secretary suspended Tracy Ree Pasic’s home care assistant license (HM60752843). Pasic worked under the influence of alcohol while providing care to a patient through a home services agency. This may interest you : Researchers develop antimicrobial, plant-based food package designed to replace plastic: Starch-based fibers improve protection and reduce damage.
California: In April 2022, the Nursing Commission charged advanced registered nurse and registered nurse Gerald Michael Baltz (AP61002050-NP, RN61002076) with unprofessional conduct after the California Board of Registered Nursing revoked her license. Baltz registered nurse, certified nurse, practicing nurse. , and a mental health psychiatric nurse certificate based on the findings that Baltz engaged in an intimate relationship with a former psychiatric patient and provided substandard care for that patient.