New GRC Superintendent Named

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R. Scot Booth To Begin Duties Oct. 26

By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Glenwood Resource Center has found its new superintendent.

R. Scot Booth, a longtime consultant and disabled services administrator, was announced as the resource center’s new superintendent in a press release by the Iowa Department of Human Services last Wednesday.

“Scot brings a wealth of experience and energy to this work and I’m pleased that he accepted this position,” said Charles Krogmeier, the state’s director of human services.

Booth was one of three finalists for the position along with Stan Butkis, recently the director of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and Gary Anders, currently the Glenwood Resource Center’s assistant superintendent of treatment therapy services.

The Glenwood Resource Center is the largest of the state’s nine residential care and treatment facilities for people with mental and developmental disabilities. The facility currently cares for more than 300 clients, ranging in age from 9 to 98, who suffer from profound mental retardation, mental illnesses and severe swallowing and seizure disorders. The facility employees more than 900 and has an annual budget of $80 million.

Kelly Brodie, the resource center’s former business manager, has served as interim superintendent since Tom Hoogestraat’s retirement last fall. Brodie did not apply for the permanent post.

Booth comes to Glenwood after three years as the executive director of the Los Lunas Community Project in Los Lunas, N.M. The Los Lunas program serves 120 people with intense behavioral or medical needs. Prior to his stint in New Mexico, Booth was a consultant for the Columbus Organization, a non-profit group specializing in helping state agencies meet standards required by the Department of Justice and federal centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. He has also held similar positions assisting the developmentally disabled in New York and Tennessee.

“I’m honored to join a team of dedicated and motivated professionals at Glenwood,” Booth said, who will begin work Oct. 26. “I'm impressed with their compassion and expertise, and I know they share my commitment to the highest level of care for vulnerable people.”

Glenwood's new superintendent inherits a facility that has operated under more than five years of federal scrutiny to improve quality of care in compliance with a 2004 Department of Justice court order. In all, the Glenwood Resource Center has been fined more than $50,000 over the last 18 months for quality of care and compliance issues.

In April, the Department of Justice completed their own review of 12 “unexpected deaths” at the Glenwood facility in 2008 and concluded no “systemic issues” in medical care or staff procedures. The 12 deaths in 2008 were one more than 2006 and 2007 combined. Through September of this year just two deaths have occurred at the facility.

An independent review of the facility completed last month by Pennsylvania-based Liberty Healthcare found the resource center has made considerable strides in improving quality of care. The 136-page report went on to recommend several areas of needed improvement. Chief among those recommendations was the hiring of a new permanent superintendent.

Booth will be paid $117,000 annually in his new position.