Hearing rescheduled for former Pinnacle MD

Published 11:03 am Wednesday, January 29, 2014

For the third time a state medical board hearing for the doctor at the former Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center has been rescheduled.

The hearing for Dr. Adam Hall had been set for today in Columbus, but has been changed to Monday, March 17, at the board’s offices in the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower

The hearing is to allow the state to hear arguments on why Hall should get his suspended osteopathic medical license back.

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Hall was the physician at the Pinnacle center, at 407 S. Third St., Suite B., Ironton, until the state shut down the clinic at the same time as his license suspension.

The date change was requested by the doctor because of “delays in a pending criminal matter that concerns many of the same allegations as the board’s notice of opportunity for hearing,” according to an entry by R. Gregory Porter, hearing examiner.

In March 2013 the files of the Ironton clinic were the subject of a search warrant following an investigation by the office of the Ohio Attorney General during the previous year.

Among the reasons the board is considering a possible revocation of Hall’s license is one of the employees at the clinic, Kevin Bowers, is a convicted felon and former physician whose license was suspended in 2008.

“Your office manager informed investigators Kevin Bowers independently examines patients, and that Kevin Bowers issues prescriptions by using a signature stamp of your name and/or by filling out blank prescription slips you had pre-signed,” according to the notice of summary suspension. “Your office manager further stated that you worked at the Ironton location only three to four days each month and that you would routinely stamp and/or pre-sign blank prescription slips for office staff to subsequently complete at a later date in order to provide patients with drugs, including controlled substances.”

There will be no action taken at the hearing but a decision will come from the board at a later date.

A call was made to Columbus attorney Douglas Graff who is listed as representing Hall in the board hearing. His comment was he was not representing Hall in the criminal matter.

A call made to Akron criminal defense attorney James Burdon, who was identified by the medical board as Hall’s attorney, was not returned by press time.