Washington Healthcare Providers In Trouble


The state has revoked and suspended licenses, certifications, and registrations of three healthcare providers. Information about healthcare providers is on the Washington State Department of Health’s website. People are asked to 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). 

In Kitsap County in July, the secretary of health suspended the credential of home care aide Paul-John Santos Flores (HM60535647). Flores was out of compliance with the substance use contract he agreed to in April 2022.

In Snohomish County, back in August, the Nursing Commission and registered nurse Dana Diana Jackson (RN00122852) entered an agreement in which Jackson was to surrender her license. In 2020, Jackson had entered into a substance use monitoring contract and on several occasions, tested positive for alcohol and self-reported relapses.

Also in August of this year, the Nursing Assistant Program suspended the certified nursing assistant credential of Shanna Marie Whitaker (NC60076819) in Spokane County. Whitaker did not respond to allegations that she had an inappropriate relationship with a patient at the psychiatric hospital where she worked.

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). 

Abuse and malpractice is real and patients have rights and resources. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint. This information about providers can also be accessed by those who may only have a phone. Information is available by calling 360-236-4700. As well as questions about the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) disciplinary actions can be sent by email to media@wmc.wa.gov. Information about disciplinary action taken against medical doctors and physician assistants can be found on the WMC website.

Source: The Seattle Medium