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Hackely Community Care's CEO responds to Muskegon Family Care CEO's accusation

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After Muskegon Family Care’s new CEO suggested that competing health providers started a rumor that the facility was closing to steal patients away, area health officials are responding to the accusation.

Daniel Ogelsby’s first day on the job came last Friday.

“This messaging (about Muskegon Family Care) came from a source (outside of our organization,”) Oglesby said. “And you are drinking it and following it.”

Oglesby was alluding to the fact that competitors started the rumor that the health provider planned to shut its doors in an effort to create a mass exodus of patients.

The suggestion however, contradicts a press release issued by Muskegon Family Care on February 17th , stating that the facility would shut down on March 31st .

Linda Juarez is the CEO of Hackley Community Care, and said the accusation is false.

“To hear that us, or a state agency made it up is simply not true,” Juarez said. “I don’t know what is happening at Muskegon Family Care.”

Two weeks ago, a lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, claims 150 full-time employees were terminated on Feb. 14 without warning. The Michigan Primary Care Association confirmed that number on Tuesday.

Oglesby says that is also untrue, and that the number of terminated employees is 40.

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