Politics & Government

State regulates area health workers

The state Department of Health has taken disciplinary actions or withdrawn charges against these health care providers.

Thurston County: In July, the Health Care Assistant Program granted the application of Alexander Charles Ewing and placed his license on probation for three years. He was convicted of vehicular homicide.

Mason County: In July, the Nursing Assistant Program charged Brandy N. Torrella with unprofessional conduct. She was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. She allegedly didn’t respond to agency inquiries about the convictions.

The health department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Office works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 70 health care professions. For information about health care providers, go to www.doh.wa.gov and click “Provider Credential Search” on the left side of the page or call 360-236-4700. People who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are encouraged to call and report their complaint.