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Bassett To Open Outpatient Clinic In Cooperstown

Bassett To Open

Outpatient Clinic

In Cooperstown

Community Wants It, Director Says

Dr. Winther

COOPERSTOWN – As it has in Oneonta and Herkimer, Bassett Hospital plans ot open a Cooperstown Convenient Care unit Thursday, Jan. 3, on the first floor of the Clinic Building at Atwell Road and River Street.

“The community asked for a convenient care location closer to home, so this is an expansion of what we already have in place,” says Dr. Mark Winther, chief of Emergency & Trauma Services.

“Care at the Cooperstown location will be available after-hours during the week and on weekends when primary care practitioners are not available,” he said.

Bassett Nurse Donates Kidney To Stranger on Facebook

Bassett Nurse Donates

Kidney To Stranger 

Samantha Jankowski, left, a nurse at the Bassett Clinic in Andes, donated her kidney to Vicki Tuttle, right, after seeing a message on Facebook looking for a donor with O+ or O- blood. Tuttle had been looking for a donor for three years, even going so far as to take out a billboard before Jankowski contacted her. The transplant was successfully performed at Albany Medical Center on Monday, Dec. 10, and, according to a release from Bassett Hospital, both women are doing well. (Bassett Hospital photo)
Bassett Gives Trooper Community Hero Award

Bassett Gives Trooper

Community Hero Award

Lieutenant Garrett Saved Heart Attack Victim
State Police Lt. Michael Garrett was presented with the Community Hero Award from Bassett Hospital Friday, Dec. 7,  for saving a heart-attack victim Nov. 2 in Richfield Springs.  With him are members of the Emergency Services Team, from left, Jonathan Flyte, vice president/Facilities Planning; Jessica Schatzel, executive assistant; Jeanne Payne, network director of Emergency Services; Matthew Kleinmaier, MD; Robert Gollhofer, network VP of Operational Excellence; Garrett; Brinton Mueller, network program director of Emergency Preparedness; Patricia Conklin, assistant nurse manager; Harold Southworth, network director of Public Safety; AJ Zuk, manager of Security Operations; Samantha Belden, nurse manager, and Krista Cotton, administrative support specialist.

COOPERSTOWN – On Nov. 2, State Police Lt. Michael Garrett responded to a call for help at the Richfield Springs post office, where a 70-year-old woman had collapsed and was in cardiac arrest.

“When the call came in and I heard the age of the victim, it was about the same age as my mother, and I hoped to be able to help in some way,” said Garrett. “I arrived on the scene with another trooper and my training kicked in.

School Bus Monitor Hospitalized After Collision, Husband Reports

School Bus Monitor Hospitalized

After Collision, Husband Reports

ONEONTA – The school-bus monitor in the crash with a pickup truck Monday afternoon, Alana Correale, is being released from Bassett Hospital today as a result of injuries she sustained, according to her husband, Anthony.

Earlier reports that only minor injuries were sustained are inaccurate, he said.

Mrs. Correale suffered a fractured clavicle, a fractured T1 vertebrae and head trauma, he said.


GOHS Benefit Auction Arrives


BENEFIT AUCTION – 5:30 p.m. Annual benefit for Greater Oneonta Historical Society features hundreds of items up for live, silent, bucket auctions. Kevin Herrick of Lettis Auction will be auctioneer. Quality Inn, 141 Courtyard Dr., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit

UPSTAIR/DOWNSTAIRS TOUR – 10:30 a.m. 95 minute look into both sides of English Country Manor House through 5 generations of family, staff. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 or visit

At Springbrook, Bassett’s 21st School-Based Clinic To Open

At Springbrook, Bassett’s 21st

School-Based Clinic To Open

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare Network has partnered with Springbrook to open its 21st school-based health center: The Marian & Paul O’Brien Medical Clinical Suite at The School at Springbrook.

Residential and day students, ages 8-20, in the GEMS Program, Tom Golisano Center for Autism and Kids Unlimited Preschool, will be eligible for treatment.

A reception celebrating the opening is planned at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at The School at Springbrook.  RSVP by calling 286-7171, ext. 271 or emailing

Top ACP Executive  Outlines Challenges Facing Healthcare

Top ACP Executive Outlines

Challenges Facing Healthcare

Bassett Primary Care physician Douglas Delong gives an attaboy to Dr. John Davis, after presenting a copy of Davis’ book, “Bassett Hospital: 200 Years of Rural Health Care,” to Dr. Darilyn Moyer, American College of Physicians CEO.  Moyer has been visiting the Cooperstown campus for the past two days, meeting with medical students and others. She had just completed an address, “Why Health is More than Healthcare,” this afternoon at the hospital’s Clark Auditorium, where she outlined the challenges faced by Americans living below the poverty line: For instance, the life expectancy in Strawberry Mansion, a poor neighborhood in Philadelphia, where the ACP is headquartered, is 68; two miles away on wealthy Society Hill, it is 88.  Dr. Delong is chair-elect of the ACP’s policy-setting arm, the Board of Regents, and will assumed the chairmanship and a seat on the Board of Governance next April.  The ACP is  the nation’s largest physicians’ organization after the American Medical Association.  Click here for bios of Delong and Moyer.  (Jim Kevlin/

Tales From The Empire Hotel


THEATER – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Performance by Tom Morgan “Tales from the Empire” telling the story of the Morgan family, former owners of The Empire Hotel in Gilbertsville. Adapted from autobiographical stories in newspaper columns, radio show “Moneytalk.” Cost, $15/adult. Auditorium, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit

TEDX ONEONTA – 6 – 9 p.m. Locally organized evening of lectures on topics from exercise, genocide, happiness, child rearing in the digital age, the opiod epidemic, more. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta.

1,000 Babies In Line For Their First Books

1,000 Babies In Line

For Their First Books

Ronald Warner and Krista Spooner-Warner, of Fultonville, with their son Conlee, receive a hand-sewn tote and children’s book from Barbara Potter, who initiated the project on behalf of the Four County Library System and Better World Books. Looking on is Catherine Lane, a registered nurse in the Bassett Birthing Center.

COOPERSTOWN – Five local libraries and Better World Books (BWB), with a grant from the Four County Library System, will provide the parents of 1,000 babies born at Bassett Hospital with their new baby’s first book and a hand-sewn tote to carry it home in.

Barbara Potter, who works at Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick, pulled the project together. She pooled funds from the Springfield, Cherry Valley, Huntington (Oneonta), Cooperstown (Friends of the Library) and Kinney libraries to buy material to make the totes and reached out to BWB. When BWB learned of the initiative, it offered to donate all 1,000 books.

Douglas Robertson, 67; Army Veteran, Bassett X-Ray Technician

IN MEMORIAM: Douglas Robertson, 67;

Army Veteran, Bassett X-Ray Technician

HARTWICK – Douglas W. Robertson, Sr., 67, an X-ray technician at Bassett Hospital for three decades, died Saturday evening, May 26, 2018, at his home on East Hill.

The third of five children, he was born Feb. 13, 19511, in Herkimer, the son of Donald C. and Eleanor (Landfried) Robertson.  Although he was raised and attended school in Herkimer, he spent most days in Cooperstown or at his family’s camp on Otsego Lake.

Following high school, where Doug was an outstanding competitive swimmer, he attended the SUNY Oswego on a swimming scholarship.

E. Donnall Thomas Prize Awarded To Liver Researcher From Thailand

E. Donnall Thomas Prize Awarded

To Liver Researcher From Thailand

Karn Wijarnpreecha, MD, accepts the 2018 E. Donnall Thomas Research Day Outstanding Research Presentation Award from Anne M. Gadomski,  director, Research Institute.

COOPERSTOWN – Dr. Karn Wijarnpreecha, who is researching liver disease, has been awarded the E. Donnall Thomas Outstanding Research Day Presentation Award, named in honor the former Bassett physician who won the Nobel Prize.

Wijarnpreecha, who is completing his medical training at Bassett, is investigating possible links between nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease, scarring of the liver and low muscle mass, and whether any link is consistent across ethnicities.  If so, “interventions to strengthen muscle mass may reduce the burden of NAFLD and advanced fibrosis,” the researcher said.

Dr. DeLong Poised To Lead National Physicians’ Society

Dr. DeLong Poised To Lead

National Physicians’ Society

Douglas M. DeLong

COOPERSTOWN – Douglas M. DeLong, MD, FACP, chief of internal medicine at Bassett Hospital, has been named chair-elect of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists.

His term began during Internal Medicine Meeting 2018, ACP’s annual scientific meeting held in New Orleans from April 19-21. The Board of Regents is the main policy-making body of the College.

A resident of Cherry Valley, Dr. DeLong is also an associate clinical professor of medicine in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

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