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Beloit physician's license suspended

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Gazette Staff
November 3, 2009
— The state has suspended the license of a Beloit physician accused of twice reporting for work at Beloit Memorial Hospital under the influence of alcohol.

The state's Department of Regulation and Licensing and its Medical Examining Board suspended the medical license of Joseph A. Besso while a complaint against him is investigated and disciplinary actions proceed.


According to the suspension order approved by board:


Besso reported to work Aug. 17 under the influence of alcohol and with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit for driving. He was escorted home.


Besso resigned his employment, including hospital and clinical privileges with a 30-day notice, according to the order. As a condition of continued employment during the 30-day period, Besso was to be tested for alcohol on a daily basis.


Two days later, Besso tested positive for alcohol, again in excess of the legal limit, and his employment and privileges were immediately terminated.


In October, the board found probable cause to believe that Besso's conduct constituted a danger to the public health, safety or welfare that required the emergency suspension of his license to practice medicine.


The suspension of Besso's license is in effect for 30 days or until Besso provides proof he has successfully completed a treatment program. An administrative law judge may continue the suspension for an additional 30 days while the disciplinary proceeding is in progress and may continue it indefinitely if Besso causes any delay in the proceedings.


Before final discipline is imposed, Besso will be entitled to an evidentiary hearing.



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