Schleicher County Nursing Home administrator Sarah Crone announced her resignation during Monday night’s meeting of the hospital district board of trustees. She explained that she has accepted a similar position at a new 120-bed nursing home in Amarillo. Crone, who has served as administrator of the local facility since 2006, will remain on the job until July 21st.
Meanwhile, the hospital board has begun a search to find a replacement. Board president Randy Mankin explains that he hopes the district will soon hire an interim administrator to oversee the nursing home until a full time administrator can be hired.
In other business, the board discussed closing out the contract with Rogers-O’Brien Construction, the company that built the new medical center. Mankin outlined the details of a proposed agreement under which a handful of costs would be divided between the district and Rogers-O’Brien. The board then authorized the building committee, consisting of Mankin, T.J. Rodriguez and Jason Chatham, to close out the construction project and make final payments to the company.
The board also received a single sealed bid from Angelica Ruezga for the purchase of the pink stucco house located in front of the new medical center. Ruezga bid $5,000 for the home. The board voted to accept the bid on the condition that the non-refundable payment be made immediately and that Ruezga move the house off of the property by September.
Discussion then turned to hospital and nursing home operations with hospital administrator Paul Burke and nursing home administrator Sarah Crone reporting on activity in their two facilities. Burke delivered the hospital and clinic’s audited financial reports while Crone explained that people on the nursing home’s waiting list are currently being processed for admission. She noted that new government regulations are complicating and delaying admission procedures.
Crone further advised that the nursing home’s beauty salon has been licensed by the state and is available for use by any local beautician. She explained that nursing home residents must receive first priority and that a salon contract is required of beauticians working in the salon.