Medical Board Reprimand

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, January 21 2013 at 4:31 PM, Updated: Mon, January 21 2013 at 4:41 PM

A physician assistant in Klamath Falls has been reprimanded by the Oregon Medical Board...but clinic staff are standing behind that provider.

The stipulated order claims that physician assistant Arden Gage showed 'unprofessional and dishonorable conduct' with a female patient when Gage worked at the LaPine Community Health Center in 2011. 

Specifically, sending text messages of a sexual nature to that female patient.

Gage now works at Klamath Open Door Family Practice.

"This happened well prior to his coming here."  Notes Klamath Open Door Family Practice CEO Debra Miesch.  "At the time we did our due diligence, there was nothing on his record."

Miesh adds that Gage did let staff know there was a pending situation...

"And that it involved some text messages, and that he himself had realized that he had overstepped a boundary, and had learned a good lesson - and that that wouldn't be happening again."

Miesh says there are enough safeguards in place to ensure patient safety...

"We have plenty of oversight between the physician who oversees our physician assistant, and our medical directors.  We do routine reviews of records, and interactions - so, absolutely."

Gage must pay a $2500 fine as part of his disciplinary action, and complete a course in professional boundaries.

Gage is one of 13 medical professionals who faced disciplinary action through the Oregon Medical Board over the past month.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

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.

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