State suspends doctor months after Target 8 investigation

Joy Einhueser said Dr. Donald Hardman sent her images of himself during their affair.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)– The state has suspended the license of a doctor who was accused of misusing prescription drug privileges and having an affair with a patient.

In early August, Target 8 investigators dug up allegations filed against Dr. Donald Hardman, who has medical practices in Walker and Flint.  Hardman also worked as a critical care physician for Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

In a Consent Order and Stipulation dated Oct. 29, 2015, the Board of Medicine Disciplinary Subcommittee officially suspended Hardman’s medical license for six months and fined him $10,000.

After serving the suspension, which begins in late November, Hardman will have to file a petition to get his medical license reinstated.

While he did not admit to wrongdoing, Hardman did not contest the allegations made against him, which means the state can treat the allegations as true for the purposes of resolving the complaint.

In a complaint filed by Michigan’s Attorney General in September 2014, Hardman was accused of negligence and “having a lack of good moral character.”

The September complaint mentioned seven patients. In all seven cases, Hardman was accused of mishandling prescription drugs. In one case, however, investigators claimed Hardman also engaged in an “intimate” relationship with the female patient while prescribing her numerous drugs.

“[Dr. Hardman] is a predator out looking for prey, and he’s looking for people who are in a vulnerable state,” patient Joy Einhueser told Target 8 in August. “I never would’ve expected it out of him. He seemed like a normal doctor… Then it happened.”

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