State Action on Local Health Care Providers

The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action or withdrawn charges against Mason County health care providers.

In November, the Agency-Affiliated Counselor Program conditionally granted an agency-affiliated counselor credential to Stacy Bree Hamlin (CG60747738) and ordered her to undergo an evaluation for a substance abuse monitoring program. Between 2009 and 2016, Hamlin was convicted of four felonies and three gross misdemeanors.

In December, the Chemical Dependency Professional Program charged chemical dependency professional trainee and chemical dependency professional Odessa Kelly Cook (CO60455855, CP60643928) with unprofessional conduct. Cook allegedly admitted dating and having a relationship with a patient.

Health care providers charged with unprofessional conduct have 20 days to respond to the Department of Health in writing. The case then enters the settlement process. If no disciplinary agreement can be reached, the case will go to a hearing.

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 website. Click on “Look up a health care provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health website (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 encouraged to call and report their complaint.