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May 7, 2013

Benzie's Maples nursing home director resigns

FRANKFORT — The director of Benzie County’s publicly run nursing home resigned as the Benzie County Board of Commissioners prepares to discuss the facility’s repeated problems in making its payroll.

County Administrator Chris Olson said the Maples owes the county about $484,000 because of the payroll shortage. Maples Director Mary Beaudry resigned this week.

“In terms of the pay situation, the county has been assisting the Maples with their cash flow,” Olson said. “We are currently helping them with payroll … that has a lot to do with Medicare/Medicaid rates being reduced and their bed count-patient census being reduced.”

The county Board of Commissioners is expected to discuss the Maples payroll difficulties at a commission meeting at 9 a.m. today.

Judy Martin, Maples’ interim director, said the facility has been unable to make payroll for about four months. Martin said the patient count improved in recent months.

A movement to privatize the facility in February through a merger with Paul Oliver hospital faltered due to public outcry.

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