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Clark Kauffman

Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing.

Emergency services agencies cited for using unlicensed personnel to treat patients

By: - March 23, 2023

Two Iowa emergency medical services agencies have been sanctioned by the state for allowing unlicensed emergency medical technicians or paramedics to deliver care to patients. In November, the Iowa Bureau of Emergency and Trauma Services cited the Hawarden Ambulance Association in western Iowa for allowing an individual with no Iowa EMS certification to deliver emergency […]

State again fails to impose legally mandated fine after nursing home death

By: - March 22, 2023

The state agency that oversees Iowa’s nursing homes has again failed to impose the legally mandated fines against a repeat-offender care facility. It’s at least the second time in four months that the state has failed to impose the minimum fine against an Iowa care facility implicated in the death of a resident. State records […]

Iowa doctor sued over alleged sexual exploitation of patient

By: - March 21, 2023

An Iowa physician is being sued by a former patient who is accusing him of sexual exploitation and negligence. The lawsuit, filed by a Linn County woman using the pseudonym Jane Doe, accuses Dr. Scott Piper of Cedar Rapids’ Piper Family Medicine of perpetuating a personal, sexual relationship that crossed professional boundaries and also involved […]

Nurses cited for assaulting a patient, being drunk at work, sleeping on the job

By: - March 20, 2023

Iowa nurses have been sanctioned recently for being drunk at work, using cocaine, sleeping on the job and assaulting a patient. One of the disciplinary cases that recently come before the Iowa Board of Nursing involves Lacey Friis, 39, of Sioux City, who has agreed to surrender her license to practice nursing. Board documents indicate […]

Restaurant-inspection update: roach-infested rice, ‘old meat’ and mouse droppings

By: - March 17, 2023

State, city and county inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and stores for hundreds of food-safety violations during the past four weeks, including cockroach-infested rice, rodent droppings, “old meat” and filthy kitchens. The findings are reported by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, which handles food-establishment inspections at the state level. Listed below are some […]

ISU says the school isn’t required to tally complaints against coaches

By: - March 16, 2023

The Iowa Public Information Board expressed concern Thursday that Iowa State University won’t disclose the number of complaints against coaches, but then dismissed a citizen’s complaint on the matter. In January, Elizabeth Pirotte filed a complaint with the board, alleging Iowa State University had violated the state’s Open Records Law. Pirotte alleged she had filed […]

‘He’s going to die:’ Care facility fined $10,000 after resident’s death

By: - March 16, 2023

A western Iowa care facility for people with disabilities has been fined $10,000 for contributing to the death of a resident. Larry Overturf, 65, had a moderate intellectual disability and had lived at Courage Homes, a 45-bed care facility in Sioux City, for three years prior to his death in December 2022. State inspection records […]

Ambulance-driving EMT fired after three off-duty drunken driving arrests

By: - March 15, 2023

An Iowa emergency medical technician who drove ambulances, fired for a history of drunken driving arrests, is not entitled to unemployment benefits, a state fact-finder has ruled. Despite two drunken-driving convictions and one recent drunken driving arrest, Derek Ealy’s state license as an emergency medical services provider remains in good standing with no history of […]

Casey’s accuses manager of buying lottery ticket he knew was worth $100,000

By: - March 14, 2023

An Iowa convenience store manager was fired after he allegedly purchased a Powerball ticket that he knew in advance was worth $100,000, according to state records. Aaron D. McVicker of Dubuque was employed as a manager at a Casey’s General Store in eastern Iowa last fall when he was fired by the retailer, according to […]

Care facility residents call on state lawmakers to increase monthly allowance

By: - March 13, 2023

Iowa’s Medicaid-dependent nursing home residents are asking state lawmakers to raise the monthly allowance they collect for personal living expenses. The Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office is leading a statewide effort to raise the Personal Needs Allowance for Medicaid beneficiaries in care facilities from $50 per month to $85 per month. The allowance is used […]

Nurse accused of assaulting her father and a jailer faces licensing sanctions

By: - March 13, 2023

A registered nurse accused of attacking a county jailer and dousing her father with a substance police called “homemade acid” is now facing possible sanctions from the Iowa Board of Nursing. Jeannie Murphy, 48, of Oelwein, is charged by the board with being involved in the unauthorized possession or use of a controlled substance and […]

Veterinary board imposes no public discipline in Gingerich puppy mill case

By: - March 10, 2023

The state board that oversees Iowa’s veterinarians will be taking no public disciplinary action against the veterinarian connected with the Daniel Gingerich puppy mill case. In the past five years, the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine has imposed public disciplinary action against only three veterinarians. The last time the board took any such action was […]