BERLIN — Director of Nursing Lynn Beede will serve as acting nursing home administrator at the Coos County Nursing Home in Berlin until a new administrator is hired.
The Coos County Commissioners, in a special meeting on Aug. 7, approved the recommendation of Coos County Administrator Jennifer Fish to have Beede serve as acting administrator. After over 30 years at the facility, Nursing Home Administrator Louise Belanger has resigned to become executive director at Morrison Nursing Home in Whitefield. Her last day with the county is Aug. 18.
Fish said the county has to petition the state to allow Beede to serve as a non-licensed administrator. A licensed administrator must supervise her and Fish said former Hillsborough County Nursing Home Administrator Bruce Moorehead has agreed to perform that role on a part-time basis. Hill will work up to 24 hours and plans to be on-site three days a week. He will be paid $55 per hour plus mileage. Fish said PRIMEX had reviewed the proposed contract and Moorehead will be placed on the county’s liability insurance. The commission approved the agreement and authorized the chair to sign it.
Minutes of the meeting indicate Beede told the commission she is looking forward to the challenge on a short-term basis. She has worked for the county since June 2010. In an email exchange, Fish said Beede’s hourly rate will be increased to $51.69 while she is serving as acting administrator.
While Beede is serving as acting administrator, the assistant director of nursing will serve as director and an former employee has agreed to come back to help out.
Fish said so far eight people have applied for the nursing home administrator’s position. She said applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Only one of the applicants so far has a New Hampshire administrator’s license. Laura Mills, nursing home administrator in West Stewartstown, said she had a temporary administrator’s license when she was hired and worked for three months until she got a permanent license.
Commissioner Paul Grenier said the county is using Primex to help with the hiring process.