DUNKIRK - Chautauqua County Executive Vincent W. Horrigan announced Friday the appointment of three interim management employees who will lead the Chautauqua County Home after Tim Hellwig, the home's current administrator, announced his resignation in late January.
Horrigan has appointed Andrea Snyder as the acting administrator, Laura Hartinger as the acting director of nursing, and Brian Reader as the supervising administrator effective Monday.
Snyder is a registered nurse who received her bachelor's degree in nursing from D'Youville College in Buffalo in 1989, and she currently has more than 30 credit hours toward her master's degree in nursing administration. Snyder has been working at the Chautauqua County Home for 15 years and she first started in 1999 as a part-time RN supervisor. Prior to working at the County Home, she had over 10 years of additional nursing administrative experience at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk. In 2005, Snyder was appointed as the assistant director of nursing at the Chautauqua County Home, and in January she was promoted to the director of nursing position after the previous director retired.
Above from left to right: Tim Hellwig, administrator of Chautauqua County Home; Vincent Horrigan, county executive; Andrea Snyder, acting administrator; Laura Hartinger, acting director of nursing; and Brian Reader, supervising administrator.
"Over the last nine years, Ms. Snyder has become very knowledgeable in all aspects of the Chautauqua County Home's operations through her experience as the assistant director of nursing and with her additional roles as the facility's Quality Assurance Committee chairman and in-service director," Horrigan said. "This coupled with her knowledge of state and federal regulations makes her the best candidate to serve as our acting administrator."
"Ms. Snyder has a high level of clinical nursing expertise as a former ICU and ER nurse, and she is highly respected by her colleagues and others in her field," Hellwig said. "She has well-established herself as an effective leader and has the confidence of her staff and the management team at the Chautauqua County Home."
Hartinger will serve as the acting director of nursing. She is a RN who earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at SUNY Buffalo in Buffalo in 1991, and was credentialed as a legal nurse consultant from Kaplan College in 2004. She has been working at the County Home for more than 20 years, and she first started there in 1990 as a licensed practical nurse. In 1991, she became a registered nurse unit manager with the primary responsibility of performing patient assessments and coordinating the care of more than 40 residents. She was later promoted to nursing supervisor in 1993. Since 1999, Hartinger has been delegated additional administrative duties including employee health, in-service training, CPR instructor, Nursing Aid Program instructor, orientation for new employees, competency and compliance monitor, and QA nurse auditor. In the past year, she was promoted to the position of Minimum Data Set coordinator/Medicare nurse, and has had a primary role in the management of the nursing department.
"Hartinger's experience over the past 20 plus years, and her extensive knowledge of our skilled nursing facility have well-equipped her to perform the duties of acting director of nursing," Horrigan said.
Horrigan said because an acting administrator has been appointed during this transition, New York state requires the county to also have a New York State Licensed Nursing Home supervising administrator. To cover this requirement, the county has entered into an agreement with TLC Health Network for TLC to provide a licensed New York State Nursing Home administrator to serve as the county's supervising administrator.
Brian Reader will serve as the Chautauqua County Home's supervising administrator. Reader received his bachelor's degree in health services administration from Ithaca College in Ithaca in 1991, his master's degree in business administration from Canisius College in Buffalo in 2002, and received his nursing home administration licensure from New York state in 2004.
Since 2011, he has been the division director of operations/nursing home administrator for TLC Health Network's Lakeshore Hospital in Irving, where he has been responsible for the management of all staffing and operations for the 120 bed facility. From 2010-11, he served as administrator of Elderwood Healthcare at Riverwood in Grand Island and from 2005-10 he served as administrator of Elderwood Healthcare at Linwood in Lancaster, which are both skilled nursing facilities. He also served as the associate executive director of Canterbury Woods' Oxford Village, a continuing care retirement community in Williamsville, and served as assistant administrator at Kaleida Health's Waterfront Health Care Center, a skilled nursing facility in Buffalo.
"Brian is a health care administrator with 12 years of experience in long-term care settings," Horrigan said. "I am pleased the county could partner with TLC to ensure the Chautauqua County Home can retain the high-quality services currently offered during this transition period."
The Chautauqua County Home, located on 10836 Temple Road in Dunkirk, is a 216-bed skilled nursing facility specializing in rehabilitation and long-term health care.