NORMAL — A 21-year veteran of long-term care in Bloomington-Normal is the new administrator of the McLean County Nursing Home.
Cindy Wegner, who had been administrator of Heritage Health-Normal, was introduced Tuesday to the McLean County Board.
She replaces interim Administrator Linda Cox. Administrator Matt Riehle resigned in 2013.
"The county home already is a great facility," Wegner told The Pantagraph after the County Board meeting. "But I'll be coming in with a new set of eyes."
County Administrator Bill Wasson said Wegner was selected "because of her experience in the nursing home industry, her experience as a nursing home administrator and her knowledge of the local market."
"Our hope is that she can evaluate the things we do well and what we can do better," Wasson said. "We think the nursing home is a well-run facility but there always are opportunities to do better."
Wegner, 44, of Normal had been with Heritage Enterprises since 1993 and was Heritage Health-Normal administrator since 2002.
"Heritage was an excellent, progressive company to work for," she said. "I believe I learned a lot there and it taught me to be an effective administrator. But after 21 years, I was ready for a change."
Wegner said she looks forward to working with the staff of the county nursing home, 901 N. Main St., Normal.
"Everyone is working to provide the best possible care for residents here," she said.
The 150-bed county nursing home has 127 residents — about 75 percent on public aid, Wegner said. The facility has 150 employees and an operating budget of $9,778,000, Wasson said.
Wegner's annual salary is $88,784, Wasson said.
Meanwhile, at Heritage Health-Normal, 509 N. Adelaide St., Pete Bolt is temporary administrator as Heritage Enterprises searches for a permanent replacement for Wegner, Heritage Enterprises CEO Ben Hart said. Bolt is Heritage Enterprises senior vice president of operations.