Interim administrator to continue at Lakeview

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Mary Nell Zellner will continue to serve as interim administrator at Lakeview Home, but now she is working with her own consulting company.

Mary Nell ZellnerGaylord’s City Council, last week, approved an agreement with Zellner Senior Health Consulting Services to serve as interim administrator from March 8 through July 1, 2007.

In the past, she was employed by Pathways, a different consulting company.

In the new contract, Zellner will directly work with the city administrator, department managers and staff through formal and informal communication; fully represent the facility to residents, families and regulators; reasonably pursue stated operational goals; assist the City of Gaylord with transition planning over the next four months; and provide periodic reports as required by the client.

Zellner has served as interim administrator since mid June 2006 when John Berger retired.

If the city chooses to terminate the contract prior to July 1, 2007, the city would be responsible for paying out the remainder of the contract fees that would have occurred at a 40 hour per week, plus any applicable expenses. After July 1, the City of Gaylord and Zellner Senior Health Consulting agree to provide one another a 10 day written notice of the intent to discontinue interim administrator services.

The fee for the interim nursing home administrator will be billed at $70 per hour worked, plus round trip travel time, lodging if applicable, meals, and mileage. This fee is $15 less per hour than Pathways, according to Zellner. Her contract will save about $2,400/month, she said.

Mick Montag and Dennis Hood, future owners of Lakeview Homes, have expressed support for Zellner to continue to be the interim administrator during the transitional period.

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