John Boggs has been appointed administrator of Cherokee County Health & Rehabilitation Center, a skilled nursing complex that includes an Alzheimer’s unit, rehab, assisted living and senior apartments.
Boggs, who has served as assistant administrator for more than 20 years, takes the top job at CCHRC during difficult times. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced nursing homes to restrict visitation and enact complex procedures to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease.
“These are the most challenging times we’ve known,” Boggs said. “New regulations are released almost daily, and we’re still learning about Covid.”
The Cherokee County Health Care Authority, which owns and oversees CCHRC, recently approved Boggs’ appointment. Preferred Health Services Inc. manages the day-to-day operations of the facility.
CCHCA Chairman Eric Ellis said the board is confident in Boggs’ leadership.
“Having been with the nursing home for 20-plus years, John Boggs is the perfect choice to become the facility’s administrator,” Ellis said. “He knows the staff, the staff knows him, and he certainly has the qualifications for this strategic position. The entire Health Care Authority Board is excited to welcome John into his new role.”
Boggs has long been a champion of those in need. He started his health care career in Georgia working with people who had intellectual disabilities and later those who were the victims of child and adult abuse. His interest in nursing homes started when his grandfather became a resident in one.
“I wanted to learn more,” he said.
Boggs, who spent a year working in every department at CCHRC to prepare him for his role in administration, said he does not plan major changes because he has an experienced and dedicated team on board.
Since the pandemic, state auditors have conducted several inspections statewide, including four at CCHRC, which found the facility error-free.
“It speaks very highly of our staff to have these results,” he said. “We use an astronomical amount of gloves, gowns and masks. We want to make sure we’re doing the right thing.”
Even though families can’t visit residents in person for now, the CCHRC staff is doing extra events to make the holidays special, Boggs said.
“Instead of the 12 days of Christmas, we’re having the 25 days of Christmas. We always have time for our residents. It doesn’t matter when it is.”