The Health Department must approve the county’s choice to run its nursing home, so obviously the state didn’t have a problem with Conole’s appointment, Sherwin said.
“And I spoke with some folks in Gouverneur,” the legislator said. “They liked him and held him in very high regard.
“We did our due diligence, and we checked with the Department of Health before we made our decision,” Sherwin said. “And so far, we’re pleased with the results; at least I am.”
Conole, who obtained his nursing-home administrator’s license with the New York State Department of Health in 1991, was paid about $175,200 plus $21,600 in other compensation in 2011 at E.J. Noble, according to the latest Form 990 the facility filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
He takes over the nursing home in Malone as the county prepares to end its operation and merge with the Alice Hyde Medical Center Nursing Home by the end of the year.
The $35 million combined facility will provide the community with 135 skilled-nursing beds and 30 assisted-living rooms.
The site is under construction off Park Street, and the county will pay Alice Hyde $1 million a year for 10 years as its share.
Jones said that since the change in administration, the chronic staff-turnover rate seems to have leveled off.
“We’re keeping people,” the chairman said. “We’re not getting any requests-to-fill in the past few months, so things must be going well.”
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