The executive director of Littleton's Libby Bortz Assisted Living home will step down, weeks after an outbreak of COVID-19 killed at least five residents and left several other residents and staff …
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The executive director of Littleton's Libby Bortz Assisted Living home will step down, weeks after an outbreak of COVID-19 killed at least five residents and left several other residents and staff infected.
Marcy Plamondon, who has worked at the 111-apartment facility for 20 years, will transition out of the executive director role, according to a news release. The facility is owned by South Metro Housing Options, Littleton's public housing authority.
Plamondon will be replaced by Emma Mallory, an Army veteran and registered nurse who has previously worked at Libby Bortz.
At least five Libby Bortz residents died of COVID-19 in March and April, according to state data confirmed by South Metro Housing Options. Another resident showed symptoms but died before a diagnostic test could be performed. Nine other residents and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Two residents have recovered and remain in rehabilitation centers, according to spokesperson Kim DeCero. One resident is still hospitalized.
Plamondon's departure is unrelated to the outbreak, DeCero said, adding that the facility had not seen any new COVID-19 infections for two weeks prior to April 29.
“We are very thankful for Marcy's exemplary work and commitment over the years,” said Corey Reitz, the executive director of South Metro Housing Options, in a statement. “We wish her the very best on the next, exciting chapter.”
More than 400 Colorado senior home residents had died of COVID-19 as of April 29, according to state data, representing more than half of the deaths attributed to the disease in the state.
Gov. Jared Polis announced in April that long-term care facilities would be required to submit detailed isolation plans to the state by May 1. The Libby Bortz isolation plan was not immediately available.
After initially offering to allow Colorado Community Media to ask Mallory questions, DeCero later answered emailed questions herself.
Mallory's background includes positions as an infection control and staff development nurse, health care administrator, surgical laser programmer, marketing director, assistant director of nursing, and roles managing orthopedic clinics and surgical suites, according to the release.
“I am very excited to be back at Libby Bortz as it has always been like a second home to me,” Mallory said in a statement. “There are many current employees and residents whom I have known for many years. It is exciting to be able to work with them once again.”
Mallory's goals for Libby Bortz include beefing up community volunteer programs and community outings, according to the release.
“Clearly, this is not possible at this time,” said DeCero, the spokesperson, by email. “However, her big-picture strategy includes these items when it is appropriate and safe to do so. We currently cannot predict when that will be.”
In a statement, Mallory said she is excited about taking the reins of the senior home.
“I am very passionate about working with the senior population and have dedicated a large portion of my life to this endeavor,” Mallory said in the statement. “The future is bright for the Libby Bortz community. I hope to enhance the experiences for residents and staff by continuing to develop the wonderful atmosphere that currently exists.”
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