By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
The new year has brought changes to Good Samaritan Care Center. Wednesday afternoon was bittersweet for residents and staff as they welcomed new Interim Administrator Bridgette Scott, but said goodbye to out-going Administrator Danna Legleiter.
The official Changing of the Keys Ceremony took place Wednesday as Legleiter handed over her keys to the building to Scott.
Scott, a native of Florida, has moved from Texas to take over the helm at Good Sams.
“I am originally from Florida,” she said. “However, I have been in Dallas, Texas, for 11 years. I have been licensed with the State of Texas as a nursing home administrator for a couple of years. Good Sams is where I started out. I am excited to be here and helping out in Liberal.”
“Duty calls” was the premise that brought Scott to Liberal. Although the job is most likely temporary, Scott is prepared to see what happens regarding staying in Liberal.
“It was just the need for them to have an interim administrator that brought me here,” Scott said. “I love Good Sams and I wanted to help out. It is temporary for now, but we will see. The people are very nice in Liberal so far, so I am excited to be here.”
Scott began as a recreational therapist, but was ready to learn the administrative roles of nursing home care. She did just that in Dallas.
“I went to University of Florida – go Gators,” she said with a grin. “I have a bachelor’s and a master’s in recreational therapy. I have always worked with older adults in my different capacities as a recreational therapist. Once I moved to Dallas, I decided I wanted to get more into the administrative part of healthcare, so I got an MBA in health administration at the University of Dallas.”
Confident she is leaving Good Sams in very capable hands, Legleiter said she will miss the people and place she has come to love over the past two-and-a-half years.
“I am headed to Oklahoma City,” Legleiter said. “I will be an administrator down there. Some of my family lives down there, they have been trying to get us to come down there for 15 years, so we are finally doing it.
“I’m going to miss it here,” she continued. “It has been a blessed town and I love the residents and the staff. We have done so much in the last two-and-a-half years, it has been a real big blessing.”
Regional Director Randy Fitzgerald said although he is sad to see Legleiter leave, he feels confident Scott will continue to ensure the quality care Legleiter has brought to the residents of Good Sams.
“It’s a sad moment, Danna has been here for over two years and has done a fantastic job,” Fitzgerald said. “The facility looks great, good care is delivered here, we have a wonderful staff. It is just an opportunity for her that she didn’t want to pass up and we respect that.
“Bridgette Scott is a fantastic person and a very talented administrator,” he continued. “She trained with a facility of ours in Denton, Texas. She has also done some work for us in Arizona. I am just excited that she will be here and will be able to maintain good quality and love these residents.”
Although Fitzgerald does not have interviews set up for a permanent administrator, he said he will be exploring options next week.
“We need to have faith and hopefully you will all pray that we will find that permanent administrator,” he said. “But I have all the confidence in the world that Bridgette will do a fantastic job.”