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A former Cuero physician was disciplined by the Texas Medical Board, the statewide agency announced Thursday.

Dr. Renny McDaniel, who previously had privileges at the Cuero Regional Hospital, was found to have violated the standard of care in his treatment of three patients, according to an order released by the Texas Medical Board.

With one patient, McDaniel failed to address the “deteriorating condition of an elderly hospital patient with ALS and pneumonia” in a timely manner, according to the order. He continued to see other patients at his office but should have immediately sent the elderly patient to the intensive care unit, the order said.

With a pregnant patient, McDaniel lowered her dose of a drug meant to cause or strengthen labor contractions, in part to delay inducing labor. The board’s order said he had to cover a shift at the emergency department and needed to transfer her care to the on-call physician.

For another patient, McDaniel failed to document an order he gave to a nurse.

McDaniel’s attorney did not respond to emails or phone messages seeking comment. According to the Texas Medical Board’s order, McDaniel moved to Utah and does not plan to practice in Texas.

McDaniel had privileges at Cuero Regional Hospital from August 2015 through August 2018 but resigned in December 2017 and did not renew his privileges, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The hospital board ordered McDaniel to complete 16 hours of in-person continuing medical education and give a copy of its order to all Texas hospitals and health care entities where he has privileges.

McDaniel was one of 80 physicians the board disciplined at its June meeting, according to the news release. The disciplinary actions ranged from simple quality of care violations to suspensions.

Ciara McCarthy covers local government for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at cmccarthy@vicad.com or at 580-6597 or on Twitter at @mccarthy_ciara.

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. She reports on insurance, the cost of health care, local hospitals, and more. Questions, tips, or ideas? Contact: cmccarthy@vicad.com or call 361-580-6597.

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