Nursing board suspends license of second practitioner at Optimum clinic in Nederland
The Texas Board of Nursing has temporarily suspended the license of a second nurse practitioner at a Nederland hormone therapy clinic for failing to meet the standard of care in treatment of 11 patients, KFDM/Fox 4 has learned.
The three-member panel convened Tuesday morning and voted unanimously to suspend Lou Randall Locke II's license, pending a probable cause hearing to be set at the State Office of Administrative Hearing.
One of the allegations involves a 12-year-old patient, who was misdiagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease and was given inappropriate thyroid hormone treatment, according to the order of temporary suspension.
The treatment resulted in the child experiencing thyrotoxicosis, which required the intervention of an endocrinologist.
The board found that Locke's inappropriate prescribing of testosterone and thyroid hormone treatments caused heart issues in three patients, requiring their hospitalization, according to the order.
The board also alleges Locke's treatment resulted in another patient suffering a stroke.
Locke is the second nurse practitioner from Optimum to have his license suspended. Kevin Morgan's license was suspended last fall.
Morgan is accused of failing to give appropriate assessments, misinterpreting or ignoring lab test results, and incorrectly diagnosing a patient, among other charges.
When approached at the clinic Tuesday, Morgan declined an on camera interview, but offered the following statement:
"These businesses belong to God. You will be persecuted the most when you are doing the work of the Lord. Therefore, I, Kevin Morgan, will rejoice in the persecution because I am being made in the likeness of Christ."
Both practitioners' conduct "constitutes a continuing and imminent threat to the public health and safety," according to the board.
A probable cause hearing is scheduled for March 6. Locke's probable cause hearing is scheduled for March 8.
We've attached a copy of the order of temporary suspension here.
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