State Revokes Licenses Of 11 Health Care Professionals For Offenses Against Patients

CHICAGO (CBS) – A state regulatory agency on Monday pulled the licenses of 11 health care professionals who were convicted of sex offenses or violent crimes against patients.

Under a new law Gov. Pat Quinn signed last month, the state will permanently revoke the professional license of any health care worker who has been convicted of a sex offense or of a violent crime against a patient — without a hearing. The new law also bars convicted sex offenders from being licensed as health care workers.

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“The State takes its responsibilities to protect our residents seriously,” Brent E. Adams, Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation, said in a news release.  “This new law establishes tough outcomes that are intended to shield Illinois patients from health care workers who have been convicted of sex offenses and certain violent crimes.”

The 11 whose licenses were revoked are:

• Kenneth William Hayden, a registered nurse from Lake Villa

• Nancy Allen, a registered nurse from Chicago

• Jeffery Lee Knapp, a registered nurse from Elgin and Niles, Mich.

• Darwin S. Calilap, a registered nurse from Beach Park

• Joseph J. Cichon, a physician and surgeon from Streator

• Morris A. McCall, a physician and surgeon from Carmi

• Gary Lee Almy, a physician and surgeon from Long Grove

• Stephen Charles Adler, a physician and surgeon from Moline

• Deen Venkatesan, a physician and surgeon from Darien

• Timothy Aleman, a registered nurse from Blue Island

• Luis M. D’Avis, a physician and surgeon from Skokie

Allen, who, according to the state, was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault, does not contest the revocation. But D’Avis, whom the state says battered a patient, argues it is unfair.

“This is double jeopardy, and this is very unconstitutional,” he told CBS 2.

Sponsoring state Sen. Kirk Dillard, R-Hinsdale, said the law will pass legal muster.

“Patient safety is paramount,” he told CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire



  • Gary Dee

    From the original Hippocratic Oath; “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgement and NEVER DO HARM to anyone.”

    To batter a patient, or mistreat them in any way, is the ultimate betrayal of this oath and there is no possible excuse or explanation that can be offered that will make the actions of these people justifiable. Patients place their complete trust in these practitioners, and to have that trust betrayed will make all others, in the future, suspect, to them, an onus both unfair and undeserved.

  • Robert McGuire

    I find it offensive that these people’s names have been listed publicly. I also question the issue of due process and double jeapardy. This could very well turn into a very expensive lawsuit that taxpayers will be flipping the bill for.

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