COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare Network today announced the departure of Dr. Steven Heneghan, the network’s chief clinical officer and a key player in recent successful efforts to limit the coronavirus locally.
Dr. Bill LeCates, Bassett Hospital president, will assume interim responsibilities of chief medical officer for the hospital and the network on an interim basis.
COOPERSTOWN – Attorney Michael E. Trosset, principal at Trosset Group Attorneys in Fly Creek, today announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for county judge if the current judge, Brian D. Burns, is nominated for state Supreme Court Tuesday.
“I’m putting my name in to replace the irreplaceable Judge Burns,” said Trosset.
If Burns wins the nomination Aug. 11 at the judicial convention in Binghamton, he will remove his name for consideration for county judge, a position he has held since 2000.
ONEONTA – A list of nine proposed members of a Community Advisory Board to review OPD rules and procedures was contained in the agenda for the upcoming Common Council meeting, released a few minutes ago.
Council, which will act on Mayor Gary Herzig’s recommendations, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.
The mayor said the list includes “people from a lot of different perspectives.” He expects the commission, which will choose its own chairman, to convene in late August or early September, since it includes two college students.
Among the members are two speakers from recent local “Rallies for Justice” that followed the May 25 death of George Floyd while being taken into custody in Minneapolis:
COOPERSTOWN – The Bassett Cancer Institute today announced the installation of a TrueBeam linear accelerator that will treat complex cancers much more quickly.
Dr. Alfred Tinger, the institute’s chief and medical director, called the TrueBeam “a game changer in terms of cancer treatment in this region.”
“Some cancers can be hard to reach and precisely target,” he said. “The TrueBeam changes that. It is an advanced radiotherapy system with functionality that allows us to treat cancer anywhere in the body as precisely as possible. It offers greater accuracy, speed and comfort for patients.”
COOPERSTOWN – Dr. James Dalton, MD, Bassett Hospital’s Medical Education director for 18 years, has been awarded the Healthcare Network’s most prestigious recognition for a physician, the Walter A. Franck Physician Excellence Award.
The award was established to honor of Dr. Frank, the rheumatologist who retired from Bassett in 2015 after more than four decades of service, to a doctor who emulates his service to patients, students, colleagues and the community. Bassett physicians vote on the choice.
SPRINGFIELD – Town Assessor Shari Falcone was in quarantine for the coronavirus and it was feared other top town officials may have been exposed, according to the minutes of the July 13 Springfield Town Board meeting, distributed today.
However, this afternoon Mrs. Falcone said she is out of quarantine and is fine, and another town official said the others are fine as well.
According to the minutes, there were fears Town Supervisor Bill Freeland, Planning Board Chairman Rob Freeland, and Tax Collector Ann Magruder may have also been exposed to COVID-19, since they were in proximity to Falcone at the ZBA meeting the night before.
COOPERSTOWN – Dr. Tommy Ibrahim began his tenure this morning as president and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network.
He succeeds Dr. William F. Streck, who served as president and CEO from 1984 through 2014, then returned on an interim basis in 2018 after the resignation of his successor, Dr. Vance Brown.
Ibrahim comes to Bassett from Integris Health, the largest not-for-profit health-care system in Oklahoma, where he was executive vice president and chief physician executive. He was a hospitalist – an inpatient physician – before moving into administration.
Inspired by a 2017 visit to the shrine at Lourdes, France, a devout Jim Belleau of Oneonta prayerfully offered to organize seminars to explore the meaning of the Virgin Mary’s 18 appearances in 1858 to a 14-year-old peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, “unless you have somethng better for me.” Belleau believes that “something better” is coming to pass.
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – “It was an amazing moment.”
It was October 2017, and Jim Belleau was in his third or fourth night of his second visit to Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in France.
“We witnessed this procession,” the Principally Prints owner recalled the other day. “It was a warm night. The moon was out. And, for an hour, I had just witnessed 12,000 people singing the Rosary and holding candles.”
He had attended a mass, in Italian, at the Grotto, and was walking back to the hotel, crossing the 124-acre main square – it can accommodate up to 100,000 visitors; now it was completely empty – with the cathedral-like chapel behind him.
“I turned toward Mary,” he said, a famed statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, crowned, “and I got down on one knee. And I placed the rest of my life at her service. I said literally that.”