Malone may not have known this was going on with his medical director and assistants. But he should have.
In October, the Indiana Department of Health visited one of the sites where the health center administered vaccines to children. The publicly funded vaccines were given to children with insurance, which violated the state's requirements for screening and administering the vaccines. The state has barred the health center sites in Anderson and Elwood from providing publicly funded vaccines. A grant worth $224,800 is gone.
In addition, letters were sent Oct. 14 to four board officers in which the State Department of Health questioned the "integrity" of the health center's operations. The state will not sign a grant agreement with the center until seven conditions are met. Among them is the removal of Malone from his position as CEO and president of the center. He is to hold no other position at the center.
The center's board has the option of disregarding or following the stipulation.
Malone is now costing the center hundreds of thousands of dollars that should be helping a population in dire need of services. And to think that children may not receive vaccines is unforgivable.
Lately, Malone has also taken on a brashness that is unbecoming of the center's service to this community. He has stated that will not leave his post. It is time to rethink that posturing.
Removing Malone clearly takes institutional knowledge out of the operation — even its heart. But the integrity and funding of health care in this community is critical.
Madison County should thank Anthony Malone for his passion, energy and commitment in serving the needy, but it is time to find new leadership.
Editor's note: Herald Bulletin Editor Scott Underwood is a member of the editorial board and is secretary of the Madison County Community Health Centers' board of directors. To avoid a conflict of interest, he was not involved in the editorial board's discussion, writing and editing of this editorial.