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DIGGING DEEPER: Head of Indiana nursing home giant steps down

Matthew Gutwein

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21 and AP) - The longtime leader of a public health agency that owns dozens of Indiana nursing homes is resigning amid mounting pressure from the agency’s board.

Matthew Gutwein said Monday that he’ll resign Sept. 30 as president and CEO of the Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County. The agency owns 78 Indiana nursing homes.

The Indianapolis Star reported that the agency had diverted more than $1 billion in Medicaid funds away from its nursing homes for other projects.

State and federal officials allowed the practice even though the facilities were poorly staffed.

In a series of reports this spring and summer, ABC21 focused attention on concerns regarding communication and transparency at facilities owned and operated by Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County.

They include Bethlehem Woods in Fort Wayne, where the ABC21 Digging Deeper team reported on a deadly outbreak of COVID-19 among residents -- information that was not being made publicly available.

Bethlehem Woods is owned by HHC but managed by American Senior Communities.

HHC's website lists properties in Fort Wayne, Auburn, Ligonier, Markle and Wabash among its facilities.

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