Local OB-GYN faces state charges

Dr. Lewis J. Meline

Dr. Lewis J. Meline, who up until recently practiced at Grandview Medical Center, has been charged with issuing more than 60 prescriptions to two prostitutes with whom he allegedly had a sexual relationship.

The charges stem from an 18-month stretch between September 2012 and March 2014, in which the state Medical Quality Assurance Commission alleges Meline provided controlled substances to the two women.

One of the women, called “Patient A” in the statement of charges, was issued 56 prescriptions for controlled substances between Sept. 15, 2012 and March 12, 2014.

The charges state the second woman, “Patient B,” received eight prescriptions for controlled substances over a six-week period from Sept. 13 to Oct. 29, 2013.

At no time did he treat either woman in a clinical setting, the charging document states.

Staff at the Rockwood Clinic in Spokane said Meline worked there through March 2014.

Sunnyside Community Hospital hired Meline, an OB-GYN, on a temporary basis in January of this year.

Meline’s employment with Sunnyside Community Hospital has been terminated. The commission issued its statement of charges on April 22.

“Upon becoming aware of information pertaining to the physician who performed temporary locum services, we found that this information did not emulate the high ethical and moral standards of SCH,” said hospital spokeswoman Trevor Smith.

“Therefore, immediately upon this discovery, we decided to end our relationship with the physician and allow him to tend to his personal issues.”

Smith did not indicate the charges against Meline will change the hospital’s vetting of prospective doctors in the future.

“This information was not disclosed to SCH by the physician and was not publicly available to SCH during his period of engagement,” she said.

In the statement of charges, Meline estimated he spent approximately $8,000 to $10,000 to support “Patient B” and $50,000 to $60,000 to support “Patient A.”

The commission’s statement of charges also notes Meline self-prescribed Testosterone from December 2009 to January 2012.

In addition, Meline reportedly wrote prescriptions for his family members in non-emergency situations.

He did not maintain medical records related to treating his family members or himself, the commission claims.

Levine faces charges of unprofessional conduct; incompetence, negligence or malpractice; possession, use, prescription for use or distribution of controlled substances; violation of state or federal statute or administrative rule regulating the medical profession; and abuse of a client or patient or sexual contact with a client or patient.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, Meline’s medical license is listed as active pending his response to the charges and/or enforcement action.

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