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New administrator named for Warren County's nursing home

In response to Warren County’s initiative to sell or privatize its Westmount Nursing Home, four bids have been received — and the firms’ proposals will be presented to the public. The first presentation is set for 9 a.m. Monday March 18.

In response to Warren County’s initiative to sell or privatize its Westmount Nursing Home, four bids have been received — and the firms’ proposals will be presented to the public. The first presentation is set for 9 a.m. Monday March 18. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The top officer of Warren County’s nursing home is leaving her position at the end of the month.

Barbara Taggart, Administrator of Westmount Health Facility, resigned her position this week, following taking several weeks of sick time.

Queensbury at-large supervisor Matt Sokol, who heads up the county’s Health Services Committee, announced Taggart’s departure Friday March 15.

The resignation occurred in the midst of progress toward privatizing the nursing home. The county is hearing presentations this month from three entities who have made offers to purchase the nursing home, at prices ranging from $2.2 to $3.5 million. At least one of the proposals includes a plan to expand the facilities’ services. County supervisors have suggested in the past that assisted living or adult day care services be offered.

The first of the presentations, which are open to the public, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday March 18 on the second floor of the county Municipal Center.

Friday, the county supervisors appointed Lloyd Cote, a retired elderly care administrator, to the position as Administrator of Westmount. He was formerly administrator at The Pines and Eden Park nursing homes.

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