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West Seneca woman hired as administrator at Genesee County Nursing Home

BATAVIA – The Genesee County Legislature’s vote to re-establish a full-time administrator position at the Genesee County Nursing Home on Wednesday has opened the door for the hiring of an Erie County woman with more than 30 years of experience in health care for the elderly.

Sharon Zeames of West Seneca, administrator for Zacher/Legacy Healthcare at Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home and Sheridan Manor since 2007, will assume similar duties in Genesee County.

Her salary has been set at $122,000 a year, said Genesee County Manager Jay A. Gsell, adding that he anticipates she will continue on as administrator following the completion of the sale of the 160-bed nursing facility and 80-bed adult home on Bank Street to Premier Healthcare Management.

The sale is expected to be finalized within a couple of months, Gsell said.

“Ms. Zeames comes highly qualified and is well educated, with degrees from Trocaire College, SUNY Buffalo and Canisius College, and she also took MBA courses at St. Bonaventure,” Gsell said. “She really knows the issues regarding the care of individuals and wellness of the elderly.”

Gsell said Zeames was “thoroughly vetted” by Premier Healthcare executives and then was interviewed by county officials.

She will become an employee of Genesee County effective May 31, taking over for Dawn Canale, director of nursing who had been the home’s temporary administrator, and Michael Perry, who had been serving as a part-time licensed supervisor.

Canale was given additional duties and Perry was hired last month after the county terminated a third-party contract for administrative services, resulting in the dismissal of Christine Schaller.

Zeames said she hadn’t given much thought about relocating until she was approached over the last few months. She said she was won over by the facility’s multifunctional setup and the friendly staff in Batavia.

“When I saw the facility it was amazing,” she said. “There’s the adult home and the skilled nursing and rehab, as well as an adult medical day program which you don’t see anymore. It really intrigued me.”

Zeames began her career as a licensed administrator in 1996 at Williamsville Suburban, then took the lead role at Grace Manor Health Care Facility in Buffalo two years later.

In the early 2000s, she was a consultant to the Safe Harbor Management/Financial Group, consultant administrator at the former Jennifer Matthew Health Care facility in Rochester and took on home care and financial management duties at McAuley-Seton Homecare in Cheektowaga and at Staff Builders in Fredonia.

A registered nurse, Zeames also was an adjunct professor at Trocaire College, Genesee Community College and Bryant & Stratton College. She is married with two adult children and five grandchildren.