Updated as of Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:16 PM
The state has received the resignation of Philip Schlotter as superintendent of the Arizona Pioneers’ Home in Prescott, according to the Arizona Department of Administration.
Schlotter’s resignation was effective immediately, Statewide Communications Assistant Director Megan Rose said Friday, Feb. 8. He had been in the job since April 2018.
Ted Ihrman was appointed as interim superintendent by Gov. Doug Ducey. Ihrman previously served as superintendent of the Pioneers’ Home retiring in August 2017. Dale Sams served as the interim, until Schlotter started.
Rose wrote that Ihrman “is a dedicated public servant that has demonstrated excellence in this role and has agreed to return from retirement to ensure continuity of care to the Home’s residents.”
Schlotter and Ihrman were unavailable for comment at press time. The Daily Courier requested a copy of Schlotter’s resignation letter and answers to additional questions; Rose said she would respond, but did not prior to press time Friday.
Schlotter’s resignation comes about one month after the Home underwent a week-long quarantine, when a gastrointestinal virus impacted 43 patients and 32 staff members, the Courier reported on Jan. 18.
The virus spread quickly and patients were isolated in their rooms as a safety precaution, Director of Housing Lisa Jones said at the time. The precautionary protocols also discouraged visitors for fear of further spreading the virus.
Prior to that, between Dec. 19, 2018, and Jan. 6, 2019, about 236 prescription narcotic pills were stolen from the Home, the Courier reported late last month.
Prescott Police spokesman David Fuller said an unknown suspect committed the theft, possibly “from a medical cart.”
The Daily Courier continues to seek reports on the theft.
Schlotter refused to comment for the Courier’s story about the theft, given the ongoing investigation.
“It’s still in process, so we don’t have anything to add to it or anything right now,” Schlotter said at the time. “We’ve notified other state departments about it.”
The Arizona Pioneers’ Home currently has nearly 100 patients, with residents living independently or receiving various levels of assisted living up to long-term, skilled care.
The home is a continuing care retirement home, according to its website. It operates from state appropriations through state land trusts, a miners’ hospital fund, state charitable funds and the general fund; the residents pay a portion of their care based on their income, which is deposited back into the general fund.
Editor's Note - This story has been corrected to note that Ihrman served until August 2017, followed by Dale Sams as interim. Schlotter's time at Pioneers' Home began in April 2018.