Physicians from Fort Dodge and Webster City are among those recently disciplined by the Iowa Board of Medicine.
The board issued a press release Thursday regarding Dr. James J. Turek, 52, who practices at UnityPoint Clinic OB-GYN in Fort Dodge, and Dr. Lisa M. (Mofle) Aguirre, 47, who practices family medicine in Webster City.
According to the board, Turek, who formerly practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Monroe, Wis., failed to provide appropriate treatment to a patient while performing a total abdominal hysterectomy on Feb. 6, 2008, at the Monroe Clinic.
The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board issued a reprimand and ordered Turek to complete a board-approved urogynecologic review course and pay $1,327 in costs. Turek satisfied those terms, and under an Aug. 30 settlement agreement, the Iowa Board of Medicine issued Turek a citation and warning for being disciplined by the Wisconsin board.
The decision of the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board was that Turek failed to properly place sutures in performing the hysterectomy, failed to recognize that the stitches were obstructing both of the patient's ureters (the tubes that propel urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder) and the extent of damage during surgery, and failed to call a urologist for assistance during the surgery to repair the problem.
According to the Iowa Board of Medicine, Aguirre was cited for prescribing controlled substances, including the painkillers Hydrocodone, twice, and Lyrica to a member of her family on "multiple occasions" between January 2009 and October 2011. The board also said Aguirre failed to respond to the emergency department at Hamilton County Hospital on multiple occasions when she was designated as an on-call physician between October 2008 and July 2012.
The Iowa Board of Medicine issued a citation and warning, and ordered her to pay a $2,500 civil penalty. Aguirre was also ordered to complete a board-approved prescribing course and professional ethics program, and submit a written corrective action plan which describes the steps she has taken to ensure that she appropriately responds to the emergency department when she is on call in the future.