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Angel’s Inn has a new administrator


Angel’s Inn has a new administrator — again.

Local health care provider Melinda Abbott will take the helm in a couple of weeks, as D. Brady Drummond-Ryan left the administrator post Sept. 6 to return to North Carolina. He and his mother, Mary E. Allen, owner of the Pine Street adult home, could not agree on the logistics of managerial responsibilities, according to Anthony A. Marrone II, Mrs. Allen’s attorney from Syracuse.

Mr. Drummond-Ryan held that position for only a couple of months. When reached by telephone Tuesday, he declined comment.

While Mrs. Allen still has her administrator license, she has found a replacement for her son. Mrs. Allen, 90, still will oversee some of the operation, but Angel’s Inn will be administered by Ms. Abbott, who now works for Watertown internist LaVerne R. VanDeWall. A call to Ms. Abbott seeking comment was not returned Tuesday.

“I have to have good people working for me and I do now,” Mrs. Allen said.

Mr. Marrone said Ms. Abbott is part-time at Angel’s Inn until she completes her current work duties by month’s end.

Moving forward, Mrs. Allen said, she will continue to try to obtain an enhanced license through the state Department of Health, in order to offer more services at the small adult home. The 7,500-square-foot home can hold a total of 24 people in 17 rooms.

“I hope this continues the way it has been,” Mrs. Allen said. “It’s been a good home for 65 years.”

Mr. Marrone said he met with state Health Department staff Tuesday, and is confident the facility will be successful in its application for enhanced beds.

Earlier this year, there was an agreement between Mr. Drummond-Ryan and Mrs. Allen for him eventually to take over the property, but it was unclear Tuesday whether that remains the case.

Mr. Drummond-Ryan had stepped in to operate the adult home in the spring, when Mrs. Allen became ill with pneumonia. She has since recovered, and said she plans to stay involved in Angel’s Inn for the long haul.

“I won’t be retiring ’til the Lord takes me home,” she said.

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