Lakeview director leaves post

FAIRMONT – Lakeview United Methodist Health Services announced Thursday that its longtime executive director, Bob Lake, and a second unnamed employee have “left to pursue other opportunities.”

The nonprofit Christian organization released the announcement amid local rumors of Lake’s departure.

“We wish him the best for his future, and I’m sure he’ll do well wherever he goes,” said Ruth Cyphers, president of Lakeview’s board of directors.

Lake, reached at home Thursday evening, declined to comment on the matter.

Cyphers confirmed that a female employee also has left Lakeview. Neither, she said, were dismissed.

Allegations of criminal misconduct are completely false, according to Cyphers.

“That’s really sad that anybody would even say that,” she said.

The organization has 30 days under state law to hire an administrator of record to fill the vacant position. The news release states candidates are being evaluated and an announcement on an interim administrator is expected in the near future.

“We just want the best for Lakeview, and we want to take it into the next 10 years as a successful organization. That’s the goal of the board,” Cyphers said. “We’re extremely engaged and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Lakeview.”

Lakeview began in 1964 as a nursing facility for the aged.

Its campus now includes a nursing home, Lakeview Methodist Care Center; Maplewood Residence independent living facility; assisted-living apartments at Woodland Manor; and Caring Partners, which provides adult day care services.