Published DateOSSIPEE — With a "heavy heart," the administrator of Carroll County's nursing home, Sandi McKenzie, is resigning at the end of the month. McKenzie earned high praise from the county commission for her handling of the transition into the county's new nursing home, Mountain View Community.
McKenzie was hired as the interim administrator in January of 2009 and was promoted to administrator in April of that year.
Last September, McKenzie led the move into Mountain View Community. At 88,000 square feet, Mountain View Community is about twice as large as the former nursing home. Both nursing homes' maximum capacity is 103 people but in Mountain View Community residents have their own rooms.
"We can't say enough about this lady who has been professional in every way," said commission chairman David Sorensen.
Sorensen also praised McKenzie for cutting expenses and increasing revenue at the nursing home and also addressing employee issues in a timely manner. McKenzie was also known for filling in when there was a shortage of staff on weekends and holidays.
In her resignation letter, which commissioners made public on Wednesday, McKenzie said that she was stepping down for health reasons after becoming "very ill" over the last three months. She will leave her post on Aug. 31. McKenzie wrote that she was leaving with a "heavy heart."
"I have come to the realization that I need to take care of myself," McKenzie wrote.
Commissioners decided to move forward with advertising for the position. They will also be forming a search committee to help screen applicants. It could be mid-September before someone fills McKenzie's position.
Meanwhile, the county is in the process of hiring another key position as former human resources director. Robin Reade recently quit.