For immediate release: June 2, 2022 (22-076)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Communications 360-549-6471
Public Inquiries: 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 healthcare providers in our state. The department also immediately suspended the credentials of people who were barred from practicing in other states.
The Ministry’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions, and advisory committees to set accreditation standards for more than 80 health professions (e.g., dentists, nurses, counselors ). Information about disciplinary action taken against physicians and physician assistants is available on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions regarding WMC disciplinary action can be sent to [email protected]
Information about health care providers can be found on the agency’s website. Click “Find a Healthcare Provider License” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health homepage (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider‘s license status, title expiration and renewal date, disciplinary actions, and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who believe a health care provider has acted unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In April 2022, the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the Certified Nursing Assistant license from Akberet M.Tekle (NC10083574). The Department of Health and Social Services determined he had neglected a vulnerable adult and placed Tekle on a register that prevents him from being employed to care for vulnerable adults.
In April 2022, the Board of Nursing suspended the Licensed Practical Nurse title from Janet Elizabeth Scurlock (LP60178939) and denied Scurlock’s request for license reinstatement. The Oregon State Board of Nursing had revoked Scurlock’s license for failing to comply with substance use monitoring and treatment requirements.
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In April 2022, the health secretary suspended for at least 36 months the mental health license of Judith L. Miniken (LH00010642). Miniken broke professional ethics rules when she ended a therapeutic relationship with a client who moved into her home.
As of April 2022, the Substance Use Disorders Vocational Program and Chemical Dependency Vocational Intern (now Substance Use Disorders Vocational Intern) Steven Lee Campbelll (CO60733606) has entered into an agreement that suspends its license. Campbell did not participate in a substance use program, which was required as part of a 2021 deal.
In March 2022, the Health Secretary suspended the agency-affiliated counselor and licensed practical nurse licenses of Paul Thomas Boros (CG60249751, NA00133095). Boros had physical contact with a patient at Western State Hospital after the patient blocked his path, attempted to steal his lunch box and tore up his medical documents.
In March 2022, the health secretary revoked the licensed practical nurse license of Kelvin Muthomi Njeru (NA60924253). Njeru was charged with rape after the assisted living facility where he worked reported the sexual assault of a patient and a DNA test showed a close connection to Njeru. He was suspended from practice in November.
In April 2022, the Health Secretary suspended the home health aide title of Carolyn L. Shows (HM60774986). Shows financially exploited a patient she cared for by accepting a $700 loan and the donation of a car worth $2,200.
In March 2022, the health secretary suspended for at least five years the license of counselor affiliated with the registered agency of Jeremy Samuel Kochrian (CG60148814). While providing family therapy to a client and her son, Kochrian exchanged sexually explicit text messages with the client and had sex with her on several occasions.
In March 2022, the Health Secretary suspended the Certified Nursing Assistant license of Deanna Anita – Emily Leos (NC60087144). Leos broke a 2020 agreement that put her license on probation, required that she notify her employer of the deal and provide quarterly performance reviews.
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