State Hospital Association Honors Streck With 2014 ‘Distinguished Service Award

State Hospital Association Honors Streck

With 2014  ‘Distinguished Service Award

Dr. William F. Streck (right), CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network, accepts the Distinguished Service Award from HANYS president Dennis Whalen.  (Bassett photo)
Dr. William F. Streck (right), CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network, accepts the Distinguished Service Award from HANYS president Dennis Whalen. (Bassett photo)

The Healthcare Association of New York State today presented Bassett Healthcare President/CEO William F. Streck with HANYS’ 2014 Distinguished Service Award at the annual conference at The Sagamore on Lake George.

HASNY President Dennis Whalen said Streck “has redefined the role of a rural hospital by embracing new models for effective, efficient, and sustainable patient-centered care, while also significantly expanding access. From the board to the bedside, and from Albany to Washington, Bill has long been respected as an accomplished leader, a champion of patient care, and an innovative force in healthcare.”

The Distinguished Service Award was established by HANYS’ Board of Trustees in 1979 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding personal service in the healthcare field in one or more of the following areas: patient welfare, hospital administration, residential health care administration, local and state health care organizations, public service, and promotion of social and other legislation relating to better healthcare.

Streck has served on a variety of health care professional and policy boards and is currently chairman of the NYS Public Health and Health Planning Council.

Streck came to Bassett in Cooperstown in 1978 as the hospital’s first board certified endocrinologist. Six years later he was tapped to lead the organization.

In his 30-year tenure, he has developed Bassett from a single hospital into a health care network of six hospitals, more than 40 community and school based health centers serving right counties in central NY. The network also includes two skilled nursing facilities, a home health agency and a durable medical supply company.