Director of Rosewood Center to retire

October 06, 2006|By Matthew Dolan | Matthew Dolan,SUN REPORTER

The director of a state-run institution for the developmentally disabled in Baltimore County, where investigators discovered alarming neglect of its residents, will retire next month, officials confirmed yesterday.

The Rosewood Center's director, James Anzalone, had been a state employee for 32 years.

"I just received information from our Office of Human Resources that Mr. Anzalone has filed paperwork to retire from State service, effective November 1 of this year," state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene spokesman John Hammond wrote in an e-mail yesterday.

Anzalone did not return messages left at his office and home.

The Sun reported last week that investigators criticized the Owings Mills residential center for its lack of appropriate patient care and recommended that federal funding be cut off if the center's staff does not stop patients from hurting themselves and abusing others.

"Conditions at your facility pose an immediate jeopardy to the individuals," Wendy Kronmiller, director of the Office of Health Care Quality at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, wrote to Anzalone.

Health department officials did not say whether a successor has been appointed. Kronmiller said this week that her team's survey of Rosewood is complete and her office expects to issue a final report on the facility by the middle of this month.

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