Miami County Health Commissioner Chris Cook has agreed to become the new CEO of Springfield's Rocking Horse Center. The center's board of directors announced Wednesday that Cook will start his new position on April 21.
Cook is a lifelong resident of Clark County and a graduate of Kenton Ridge High School and Wright State University. He's held several key public health positions in Miami County and has served as a commissioner since 2011.
An ongoing dispute between the founder of Springfield's Rocking Horse Community Health Center and its board of directors has reached a conclusion. An official statement from the board states that Dr. James Duffee is no longer employed there.
Duffee founded the center in 1999 to serve families with little or no health insurance, and he's been very popular with patients.
Recently CEO Dana Engle, who has been there since 2007, left Rocking Horse for another job. Duffee can't comment on his own termination, but he says the board is in a time of transition.
A controversy at the Rocking Horse Community Health Center in Springfield is spurring protests and spelling trouble for the future of the organization. The founder, Dr. James Duffee, is at odds with the board and may be forced to leave the clinic.