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The interim director of the state agency that licenses and inspects nursing homes has been named the director, a spokesman for the state Department of Human Services said Wednesday.

Cecilia Vinson was named director of the Office of Long Term Care on Tuesday, Amy Webb said.

Vinson had served as acting or interim director of the office since the previous director, Carol Shockley, abruptly quit in January, citing differences with her supervisor, Craig Cloud.

Vinson has worked for the Office of Long Term Care for 16 years and had been nurse manager since July 2011, Webb said.

She was named permanent director after being interviewed by Cloud, who is director of the department's Division of Provider Services and Quality Assurance, and other Human Services Department officials, Webb said.

"Cecilia has served ably in the Office of Long Term Care and is well respected among her peers in the provider arena and staff at DHS," Cloud said in an emailed statement. "Cecilia will serve ably in this role as we work together to ensure quality services within our skilled nursing facilities, fairness and objectivity in the survey process."

Shockley has said her difficulties working with Cloud included his decision to fire Frank GoBell, the office's business operations manager.

Cloud cited GoBell's use of "abusive language" toward state officials during a Jan. 14 meeting concerning the transfer of nursing homes from the ownership of New Jersey-based Skyline Health Care, a failed national chain that once was licensed to operate 10% of Arkansas' 25,600 nursing home beds.

Vinson's annual salary is $94,935.57, up from $90,414.90 while she served as interim director and $82,195.36 when she was nurse manager.

Shockley's annual salary was $101,170.

NW News on 07/12/2019

Print Headline: Vinson named Long Term Care chief

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