The Health Systems Quality Assurance Division of the state Department of Health recently took disciplinary actions or has withdrawn charges against these Clark County health care providers.
In January, the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the registered nursing assistant and certified nursing assistant credentials of Samantha Marie Becklehimer. The state Department of Social and Health Services found that Becklehimer financially exploited a vulnerable adult in her care, rendering her unable to be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In January, the Nursing Assistant Program charged registered nursing assistant Galina Karcha with unprofessional conduct and immediately suspended her credential. Karcha didn’t give prescribed medications to a vulnerable adult in her care. The state Department of Social and Health Services found that Karcha improperly used restraint, and neglected a vulnerable adult in her care. She can’t be employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In February, the Dental Commission charged dentists and dentist moderate sedation with parenteral agents permit holders Monisha Gagneja and Prashant Gagneja with unprofessional conduct. Charges say the Gagnejas owned and operated a pediatric dental clinic that used anesthesia services from Northwest Mobile Anesthesia Group. A child died after being administered anesthesia by a physician for a dental procedure at the clinic, charges say. The child died after allegedly not being continually observed by the anesthesia provider or credentialed personnel, and allegedly without adequate monitoring equipment being employed. Charges also say that contrary to Dental Commission requirements, the Gagnejas had no written contract with the physician or with Northwest Mobile Anesthesia Group stating that the anesthesia provider must ensure all anesthesia-related requirements have been met.
In February, the Unlicensed Practice Program entered an agreement with James Chavez that requires him to cease and desist from practicing massage without a license, and to pay a $1,000 fine. Chavez, who doesn’t have a massage therapist credential, advertised that he would perform massage services for a fee.
If you have questions about this report, contact Health Systems Quality Assurance Division at 360-236-4700.