Regional Digest


November 26, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Maryland

Nurse investigated in patient's death drops license bid

Coleen M. Thompson, the former nurse at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital whom Montgomery County police are investigating in connection with the death of at least one critically ill patient, has waived her right to immediately contest the suspension of her nursing license.

Thompson's attorney has informed the Maryland Board of Nursing that his client instead wants to move directly to a full evidentiary hearing before the board. That isn't likely until February or March, said Donna Dorsey, the board's executive director.

The board suspended Thompson's license July 16, alleging that she failed to respond appropriately when the condition of a critically ill, 63-year-old patient worsened. The patient died July 6.

Thompson had been scheduled to contest the suspension at a hearing in Baltimore yesterday after being granted two previous postponements. Her attorney, Philip H. Armstrong, could not be reached for comment.

Ehrlich reappoints six as Circuit Court judges

ANNAPOLIS - In his first Circuit Court appointments since taking office in January, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has reappointed six judges whose terms expired this month.

The judges will serve until November next year when they will stand for re-election to a new 15-year term of office.

They are:

Maurice W. Baldwin Jr., Circuit Court of Harford County.

John Grason Turnbull II and Dana M. Levitz, Circuit Court of Baltimore County.

Graydon S. McKee III and William D. Missouri, Circuit Court of Prince George's County.

John N. Prevas, Circuit Court of Baltimore City.

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