The Washington State Department of Health recently took action in cases involving local healthcare providers. The following information came from DOH news releases and actions occurred in November.

The Nursing Commission reinstated the registered nurse credential of Marilee Joann Mellon (RN00110431) and placed her on probation for at least two years. Mellon’s license was suspended in 2016 in connection with failing to identify and effectively intervene in potentially abusive behavior at the convalescent center where she worked.

The Chemical Dependency Professional Program entered an agreement with chemical dependency professional trainee Philip Soaring Hawk Peterson (CO60214535) that indefinitely suspends his credential. Peterson didn’t comply with a substance abuse monitoring contract.

The secretary of health upheld a decision to deny a home care aide credential to Debra Lynne McFadden (HM60716874). In 2014 McFadden was convicted of unlawful solicitation to possess a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Thurston County pharmacy tech suspended for diverting patient meds and making errors while compounding medications

The Pharmacy Commission immediately suspended the pharmacy technician credential of Brianne K. Gregory (VA.60174629) pending further legal action.

The charges state that in May 2017, Gregory diverted and consumed a morphine tablet from a patient’s medication supply, came to work after drinking alcohol and made several errors while compounding medications. Gregory also admitted to regularly drinking 3 to 4 shots of alcohol in the mornings before going to work in the evening.

Gregory has 20 days to request a hearing to contest the charges and the suspension. She cannot practice as a pharmacy technician in Washington until these charges are resolved.

The legal documents on this case can be seen online by clicking the link on Provider Credential Search on the Department of Health website; copies can be requested by calling 360-236-4700. Anyone who believes a health care provider acted unprofessionally is encouraged to call that number to report their complaint.

The Department of Health and Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission protect and promote public health, safety, and welfare in Washington by regulating the competency and quality of health care providers. The agency establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensing, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms, and discipline. Rules, policies, and procedures promote the delivery of quality health care to people in Washington