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Report of Regents Professional Practice Committee to The Board of Regents

Your Professional Practice Committee held its scheduled meeting on December 11, 2018.  All members were present, Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, Kathleen M. Cashin and Regent Roger Tilles  were also present but did not vote on any case or action.


Professional Discipline Cases

Your Committee recommends that the reports of the Regents Review Committees, including rulings, findings of fact, determinations as to guilt, and recommendations, by unanimous or majority vote, contained in those reports which have been distributed to you, be accepted in 4 cases.  In addition, your Committee recommends, upon the recommendation of the Committee on the Professions, that 28 consent order applications and 4 surrender applications be granted, and further recommends that 2 summary suspension applications be granted, with Regent Josephine Victoria Finn abstaining in such summary suspension cases.

In the case of Rebecca E. Hilton a/k/a Rebecca E. Owens, Licensed Practical Nurse, Calendar No. 29137, we recommend that the spelling of the title of respondent’s profession shown in the Regents Review Committee report be deemed corrected throughout such report and be deemed in all instances to read “Licensed Practical Nurse”.

In the case of Jennifer Ann Muehlig, Licensed Practical Nurse, Calendar No. 29456, we recommend that (1) the third recommendation of the Regents Review Committee shown on page numbered four of its report be deemed corrected to show that such recommendation relates to the penalty to be imposed upon respondent and, as so amended, to read “That the recommendation as to the penalty to be imposed rendered by the hearing panel be accepted; and”; and (2) that the entire sentence beginning with the word “Additionally” on the last line of page numbered three of the Regents Review Committee report and continuing onto the top of page numbered four of such report and ending with the word “discretion” be deemed deleted.

In the case of Mercedes Francesca Wagstaff, Licensed Practical Nurse & Registered Professional Nurse, Calendar Nos. 30334 & 30335, we recommend that the abstention of Regent Catherine Collins in the determination of the Board of Regents in these matters be noted and that an Amended Vote & Order be issued to reflect the November 6, 2018 determination of the Board of Regents in these matters, including the abstention by Regent Collins at such time, said November 6, 2018 determination of the Board of Regents in these matters shall remain and continue in effect.

These recommendations are made following the review of 38 cases involving fifteen licensed practical nurses, six registered professional nurses, three certified public accountants, two architects, two licensed practical nurses who are also registered professional nurses, two massage therapists, one dental hygienist, one landscape architect, one licensed clinical social worker, one pharmacist, one pharmacy, and one public accountancy partnership.


Your Committee recommends the following:

That the application of Tarig Yousef for the restoration of his license to practice as a Physician in New York State be denied. [PPC EXS (A) 4]


Madam Chancellor and Colleagues: Your Professional Practice Committee recommends, and we move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee's deliberations at its meeting on December 11, 2018, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.


Your Committee discussed several topics of interest, including:

Deputy Commissioner's Report/Update 

  • Full Board Consent Agenda Items
  • Board (Re)Appointments
  • Licensing Petitions
  • Proposed Amendment to Section 63.9 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Administration of Vaccinations by Pharmacists (Permanent Adoption) 

Discussion of Recent Developments in the Organization and Delivery of Professional Services [PPC (D) 1] - Discussion on the numerous changes to the existing pipeline for delivering professional services, which will necessitate future policy decisions.

Pharmaceutical Delivery Kiosks [PPC (D) 2] - Discussion on pharmaceutical kiosks currently in use in other states and proposed for use at various sites in New York State.  Staff will review information gathered about efforts and outcomes in other states and current statutory and regulatory framework. 

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 9:00am