Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, August 8 2012 at 4:43 PM, Updated: Wed, August 8 2012 at 4:53 PM
A 'Physician of the Year' and former state legislative candidate from Klamath Falls has been placed on probation by the Oregon Medical Board..
The Oregon Medical Board claims Dr. James Calvert prescribed controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose or following accepted procedures.
The Oregon Medical Board issued a stipulated order against Dr. Calvert, citing case studies of 4 different patients.
As an example... The board reports patient 'A' was a woman with a history of alcoholism and meth abuse. The board says Dr. Calvert's prescriptions for the woman included morphine and hydrocodone, and authorizing a medical marijuana card - which the report says should not have happened in the light of substance abuse.
Calvert is a former director of Cascades East, and was honored as 'Oregon Family Physician of the Year' in 2011. Calvert ran for state legislative office in 2004 and 2006.
Tom Hottman of Sky Lakes Medical Center says that Dr. Calvert is still practicing at Cascades East...
"Dr. Calvert's license was not revoked by the Oregon Medical Board. There were some sanctions in place, but he is still providing care to patients."
Officials from Sky Lakes, the parent company of Cascades East, say they're being careful moving forward...
"There are new procedures in place at Casacades East." Notes Hottman. "As a result of the review that we did following the OMB's action."
Calvert was fined $5000, ordered to complete courses on treatment of chronic pain, and placed on probation with quarterly reviews for a period of 5 years.
Dr. Calvert was unavailable for comment.
Dr Calvert has signed an agreement, agreeing to the specific terms and sanctions of the order. Any violation of those terms could be grounds for further disciplinary action.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.