Fremont Physician's Assistant/Registered Nurse Has License Summarily Suspended

Contact: T.J. Bucholz (517) 241-2112
Agency: Community Health

June 30, 2005

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has summarily suspended the physician’s assistance license and registered nurse license of Richard Charles Sprague, P.A., R.N., based on his felony conviction in the 27th Circuit Court, Newaygo County, Michigan. Sprague failed to report his conviction to MDCH as required by the Public Health Code.

On March 7, 2005, Sprague was convicted of Controlled Substance – Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana, a felony. As a result, Sprague was sentenced to 90 days in jail with one-day credit, 30 days to be served on the electronic tether program, and 60 days held in abeyance at the discretion of the court, ordered to pay fines and costs in the amount of $320.00, and placed on probation for a period of 12 months with terms.

On June 16, 2005, MDCH issued an order immediately suspending Sprague’s licenses pursuant to the Public Health Code, which provides for the mandatory summary suspension of a health professional’s license upon the conviction of a felony. An administrative hearing will be scheduled to address the status of Sprague’s physician’s assistance license and registered nurse license, practical nurse license.

For more information on disciplinary actions taken by the health professional licensing boards within MDCH, please go to the Bureau of Health Professions' licensing site.