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Marshall police investigating impostor nurse

By Robin Y. Richardson
Jan. 12, 2018 at 2:52 p.m.


MARSHALL — A woman who is accused of posing as a nurse at a Marshall dialysis clinic is being investigated by police, according to Harrison County District Attorney Coke Solomon.

The Texas Board of Nursing notified the District Attorney's Office about Stephanie Garcia — also known as Stephanie Halcomb — following an investigation that was prompted by a patient's complaint at Davita Dialysis.

Garcia obtained employment as a registered nurse at the facility in May 2016 using the RN licensure information of a nurse having the same name and by submitting an application that contained falsified employment history as an RN dating back to 2011, according to information in the January newsletter of the Texas Board of Nursing.

The newsletter went on to say that a nursing board investigation revealed the date of birth, Social Security number and address provided by Garcia to the facility did not belong to any nurse having a license in Texas.

Davita Dialysis said this week that Garcia no longer works at the facility.

"We launched an investigation into this former employee after learning of the allegation (of illegally obtaining employment) and are working with local law enforcement," said Kevin Downey, who works with Davita Dialysis's corporate office in Denver.

Judy Webb, the patient who complained to the state nursing board about Garcia, said the revelation of the investigation is alarming.

"I am really speechless. I'm still dealing with this," Webb said this week "It has altered my life a whole lot more than you could ever imagine."

Webb said she doesn't understand how such a large company could let something as vital as confirming an employee's credentials slip through the cracks.

"Dialysis is my lifeline," Webb said. "Without dialysis, I could miss two treatments and I could go into overload and (die.)

"I had trusted my catheter to someone that had no credentials at all," said Webb, who also is a heart patient.

"This thing I hooked to my heart, something as vital as that and you didn't have a license," she said.

Webb said she was pressed to report Garcia to the state nursing board after multiple questionable encounters with her.

"What kind of alerted me (was Garcia) didn't know very much," she said.

Webb said she would ask Garcia a question, and she struggled to find answers.

"She comes back three or four days later and she still didn't know," Webb said.

Webb's suspicions of the employee further rose when she said Garcia refused to honor the orders of Webb's cardiologist.

"My heart doctor gave an order, because I was doing dialysis for four hours. and (Garcia) wanted me to do four hours and 15 minutes," Webb said.

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