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Change in Hastings County Long-Term Care Leadership Announced

Categories: General

Posted On: June 20, 2022

Debbie Rollins, Hastings County Director of Long-term Care has announced her intention to retire in October 2022.  Ms. Rollins has been employed at Hastings Manor for 27 years and served its residents in the role as Site Administrator and additionally the Director of Long-term Care for the past 7 years, overseeing the operations of both long-term care homes, Hastings Manor, 253 beds, in the City of Belleville, and Hastings Centennial Manor, 110 beds, in the Town of Bancroft.

“Debbie has been an incredible leader for us throughout the course of her career and especially so during the pandemic.  She has guided both Hastings and Centennial Manors through these turbulent times with professionalism and grace.  The challenges faced in both Homes have been unprecedented and Debbie’s commitment to the safety and health of residents in our homes has been unwavering. We will miss her but wish her all the best in her retirement”, said Warden Rick Phillips.

“As we considered how best to deal with Debbie’s retirement, we looked inside our long-term care operations.  One of the characteristics of a strong organization is the depth of its staff talent and it was clear that we had the talent internally to fill the leadership roles we need,” stated Warden Phillips.

Ms. Erin Chapman has accepted the position of Director of Long-Term Care. Erin has been the Director of Nursing at Hastings Manor since 2015. Erin is a Registered Nurse who holds her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Ryerson University and her Nursing diploma from Loyalist College, she also completed the Administrator Leadership Program through AdvantAge Ontario/OANHSS.

“We are thrilled that Erin has agreed to step into the role of Director of Long-term Care.  The long-term care sector is undergoing significant regulatory changes and Erin’s leadership gives us stability and the ability to guide us going forward.  We know that Erin shares the same commitment as County Council and the Joint Committee to the principle of providing a safe, secure, and welcoming home for our residents.  As we emerge from the pandemic there will be many challenges and opportunities we will face including navigating through the human health resource crisis, getting to 4 hours of care per day for every resident, and a new world of provincial oversight and regulations.  We need strong and strategic leadership at the Manors.  Erin will bring that to our operations,” said Long-Term Care Committee Chair, Paul Jenkins.

In addition, Kristen Merritt, current Administrative Services Coordinator will take the role of Home Administrator at Hastings Manor. Kristen holds her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with Administration from Wilfred Laurier University and completed the Administrator Leadership Program through AdvantAge Ontario/OANHSS.

“Kristen’s leadership will be critical in ensuring the home meets Ministry standards as well as providing managerial direction for the other departments within the home.  Hastings County Council is fortunate our succession planning efforts have had such qualified and tenured leaders in the Homes that will provide stability in the department moving forward,” added Warden Phillips.


For more information contact:

Rick Phillips, Warden

Jim Pine, CAO