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Nursing home chief leaves Niagara for Erie

It's unclear when Mount View Health Facility will close, but its administrator won't be around to find out.

Patricia Weeks O'Connor, who has headed the Niagara County-owned nursing home since 2003, handed in her resignation Friday. Her last day on the job will be Feb. 9.

O'Connor has been hired by the Catholic Health System to start Feb. 12 as administrator of a new nursing home being constructed in the former Our Lady of Victory Hospital.

Officially, it's the Mercy Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility, but O'Connor said, "They're calling it the OLV Renaissance Project. I'm not sure what the corporate name will be."

County Manager Gregory D. Lewis said of O'Connor, "She's such a good nursing home administrator, people have been contacting her since we hired her."

O'Connor, who was to have earned $87,014 this year at Mount View, said she was recruited for her new job.

The new OLV nursing home will use the "greenhouse" concept of a campus creating a neighborhood of senior citizen housing choices and services.

That's the same concept the Niagara Legislature rejected in favor of selling Mount View.

The $2.4 million sale of the 172-bed Lockport nursing home to Senior Associates of Amherst was torpedoed by the state's Berger Commission, which called for its closure and replacement by an assisted living facility.

County leaders have said they don't want to spend the money to build an assisted living facility, and the county has sued the state for putting the kibosh on the sale.

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