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November 4, 2013

State seeks removal of health center CEO

ANDERSON — The Indiana State Department of Health has asked for the removal of the CEO of the Madison County Community Health Center over questions about the integrity of the facility’s operations.

The removal of Anthony J. Malone as president and CEO at the center is one of seven conditions sought by the health department in addressing a rash of problems that, most recently, saw the elimination of a $224,800 state grant for the center to administer vaccines.

The health center, with its main office at 1547 Ohio Ave., is to provide primary medical care, behavioral care and dental care for the under-served population. It has a satellite office in Elwood.

In an Oct. 15 letter to the center’s board officers, Preston Black, director of the Office of Legal Affairs for the state health department, said the state agency would not sign a grant agreement with the health center due to “recent events in which the integrity of the MCCHC operations and services has been called into question.”

Most recently, the center named a new chief medical officer, Dr. Mukund Patel, to replace Frank Campbell, who was investigated by the state for allowing assistants to use his permit and registration number to issue prescriptions. The center was raided in September and the attorney general filed a six-count complaint against Campbell.

One of the seven stipulations sought by the state included Campbell’s removal.

On Oct. 18, the state health department announced it would no longer provide publicly funded vaccines to the Madison County Community Health Center after terminating their Vaccines for Children program agreement earlier in October.

The termination came after a site visit by the State Health Department confirmed that MCCHC administered publicly funded vaccines to children with insurance, violating the state’s requirements for proper eligibility screening and vaccine administration.

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