Nederland clinic remains open despite suspension of owner's nursing license
A Nederland clinic remains open even though the Texas Board of Nursing has stripped the clinic's owner of his nursing license.
KFDM/Fox 4 first reported on allegations against Kevin Morgan in July. Morgan runs the Optimum Medical Weight Control and Family Wellness on Nederland Avenue.
The state has temporarily suspended Morgan's nursing license pending a probable cause hearing scheduled for Dec. 18.
The Board of Nursing yanked Morgan's license, callings his practice a threat to the public's welfare.
We went inside Optimum Clinic on Monday morning seeking a response to the suspension.
Morgan's mother was at the clinic and told us they did not want to comment.
In October, the nursing board found that Morgan's treatment of 12 patients fell below the minimum standards of the nursing practice.
The board accuses Morgan of prescribing large amounts of testosterone and thyroid hormone that the patients did not need. The board also alleges his prescriptions may have contributed to two deaths.
The family of one of those patients is seeking legal action against Optimum. Brad Guilbeaux died in February at age 47.
Christopher Kirchmer, the Guilbeaux family's attorney, issued the following statement commending the nursing board's action against Morgan:
The fact that an administrative board as careful and methodical as the nursing board has found that allowing Mr. Morgan to continue practicing would constitute a “continuing and imminent threat to public welfare” is extraordinary. The nursing board no doubt felt compelled to act given the significance of the charges against Mr. Morgan, the severity of the injuries involved, and the fact that the nurses at Optimum appear to have continued treating patients in the very manner that has so concerned the nursing board and the medical community. The nursing board likely felt this was the only way to stop the nurses at Optimum from prescribing hormones in ways that are far outside of the well accepted healthcare standards and very dangerous. It will be important to continue watching as the board holds formal hearings later this month.
Kirchmer said the nursing board likely felt this was the only way to stop the nurses at Optimum from prescribing hormones in ways that are far outside of the well accepted healthcare standards and very dangerous.
While the clinic remains open, Optimum is also under fire from the feds. The Drug Enforcement Administration raided the clinic in October and that investigation continues.
Morgan serves as one of the clinic's two nurse practitioners. Optimum has had several supervising doctors who oversee clinics run by nurse practitioners like Morgan.
We reached out to the latest doctor for comment but he has not returned our call. We also learned this afternoon that more than 30 former patients are consulting with the Provost Umphrey Law Firm to seek legal action against the clinic.