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Interim administrator named for home

June 17, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - An interim administrator has been named for the Franklin County Nursing Home to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of its administrator.

"I'm leaving for personal, family reasons," Terry Lopus, 46, said Tuesday. He said he and his family are returning to Bradford, Pa., in McKean County.

"I have mixed feelings for sure. I've enjoyed Franklin County and Chambersburg and I've enjoyed the people here at the home," he said.

Cathleen Otto, a nursing home administrator in Somerset County, will replace Lopus on an interim basis, he said. Today is his last day on the job.

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"We are genuinely sorry to see him go. Any problems that have arisen, he's handled very competently and very professionally," County Commissioner Cheryl Plummer said Tuesday.

"I think he's done a good job as far as management and employee relations," said County Commissioner Robert Thomas.

Lopus was hired by Complete Care Services Inc. 13 months ago to run the home. Prior to that, he ran the county nursing home in McKean County, he said.

Otto is a veteran nursing home administrator and president of the Pennsylvania Association of County Affiliated Homes, according to Plummer. Lopus said the nursing home in Somerset County where Otto worked is also managed by Complete Care Services.

The county brought the company in to manage the nursing home in October 1995.

At the time, it was operating on a provisional license because of violations found by state inspectors.

In May, the commissioners lauded the management of the home, noting the county subsidy had dropped from about $1.2 million two years ago to $93,000 budgeted for 1998.

Last year the company was paid $328,000 to manage the home, according to county records. That included a monthly management fee, 1.5 percent of gross revenues and the salaries of the administrator and director of nursing.

Thomas said there is no timetable for naming a permanent replacement for Lopus.

The home, recently re-named the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, is the largest employer in county government with approximately 300 employees, according to Plummer.

The number of residents at the home was 163 as of Tuesday.

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