The state Department of Health took the following actions regarding Pierce County health care providers in September, according to a news release.
Also according to the release:
The Secretary of Health’s office suspended the credential of certified nursing assistant Michelle A. Punches for at least five years. Her credential expired but is eligible for renewal. In January, she was found guilty of third-degree assault and first-degree theft. In May 2011, when she was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, she admitted to Tacoma police that she used methamphetamine.
The Department of Health suspended the credential of physical therapist Franklin R. Merritt for at least three years and fined $2,500 him. He engaged in sexual misconduct with patients.
The Department of Health suspended the credential of registered nursing assistant Jennifer R. Gravely, also known as Jennifer R. Marshall, for at least five years. While employed at Tahoma House, a boarding home for developmentally disabled adults, she abused at least two residents. She was fired for failing to report the incidents.
For information about health care providers statewide, go to www.doh.wa.gov and click “Provider Credential Search” on the left side of the page. The information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. People who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.