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New administrator on job at nursing home

July 24, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The new administrator for the Franklin County Nursing Home says his top priority is to fill more of the home's 224 beds.

Christopher Bailey, the former assistant administrator of the Laurel Crest Nursing, Rehabilitation and Special Care Center in Ebensburg, Cambria County, Pa., started his new job on Monday.

"Basically, we want to have more patients," Bailey said Wednesday. He said the goals of his employer, Complete Care Services, Horsham, Pa., include increasing the number of residents at the nursing home from its current level of about 160.

Bailey, 29, has a master's degree in health policy and administration from Penn State University. He has worked for Complete Care Services more than two years.

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He replaced Terry Lopus, who resigned in June to return to a county nursing home position he previously held in Bradford, Pa.

"We were very impressed with his energy and enthusiasm," Franklin County Commissioner Cheryl Plummer said Wednesday. She said Complete Care Services submitted several resumes, but Bailey was the only one interviewed.

While approved by the commissioners, Bailey is employed by a company that has been managing the county nursing home for about two years. Last year the county records said Complete Care Services was paid $328,000, covering its management fee, the salaries of the administrator and director of nursing and 1.5 percent of gross revenues.

The budget for the nursing home this year is about $8 million, according to county records.

Bailey, who was an interim administrator at the home before Lopus was appointed last year, said he helped develop programs at Laurel Crest increasing the number of beds filled by about 40 during a six-month period. Laurel Crest is licensed for more than 600 beds, he said.

Over the past two years the county has decreased its nursing home subsidies from more than $1 million to less than $100,000 a year by offering more rehabilitation services, rather than paying doctors and therapists from outside the home.

The county has announced plans to rename the facility the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Bailey said that requires license approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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