The Washington State Department of Health, through its Health Systems Quality Assurance Division, has released the following information on local health care providers. The 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).
In March 2018, the Nursing Commission ended probation for licensed practical nurse Daniel S. Richards (LP00050976).
In April 2018, the secretary of health revoked the home care aide credential of Melanie Rae McCowan (HM60587195). While working for an assisted living facility, McCowan took three checks belonging to a vulnerable adult resident and deposited them for a total of $4,259.50. The state Department of Social and Health Services determined that McCowan financially exploited a vulnerable adult, thus disqualifying her from working as a home care aide.
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. 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.