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It Will Be Open 7 Days A Week,

Aims To Give 1,000 Shots A Day

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Dr. Ibrahim

COOPERTOWN – Bassett Healthcare Network announced a few minutes ago that a COVID-19 mass-vaccination clinic will open Thursday at SUNY Oneonta’s Dewar Arena.

It will be the first such clinic in the state operated by a healthcare network, along with nine new state-run sites announced by Governor Cuomo today.  It will be open seven days a week, administering 1,000 shots a day.

Registration can begin tomorrow. (See below)

“Bassett is extremely proud to partner with New York State, SUNY Oneonta, and other key stakeholders in our communities to launch this tremendous operation,” says Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, Bassett president/CEO.  “This is a critical step forward for our region in the fight against COVID-19.”

‘OneBassett’ Is Promising Idea; Let’s Get Behind It MINI-EDITORIAL

‘OneBassett’ Is Promising

Idea; Let’s Get Behind It

This mini-editorial is prompted by our next two editions’ editorials:  This coming week, the topic is, of course, Christmas.  The following week, Citizen of the Year.

That means we would be unable to comment on “OneBassett,” an exciting innovation at the 5,200-employee Bassett Healthcare System, until the New Year.

We all depend on Bassett, particularly in Otsego County on the mother ship, Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, and Fox Hospital in Oneonta, for our health, for employment, as a magnet for brainy people, for economic development and for the general vitality of our communities.

So every one of us has a stake in Bassett’s success, as do the seven counties beyond Otsego that the system serves.

Fox Hospital’s President Promoted To Key Role On Bassett CEO’s Team

Fox Hospital President

Promoted To Key Role

On Bassett CEO’s Team

Ibrahim Moves Up Joyner, Betrus, Purcell,

Recruits Top Tech Executive From Integris

Jeff Joyner

COOPERSTOWN – The Bassett Health Network this morning announced four key promotions, including  that of Fox Hospital President Jeff Joyner to network senior vice president/chief operating officer, as the new president/CEO, Tommy Ibrahim, here since July, begins to put his team in place.

The other three key appointments are:

  • Michael Thompson, as vice president/systems improvement. Most recently, he was vice president/provider service for Integris, Oklahoma City, where Ibrahim was executive vice president and chief physician executive before his appointment here May 20.
  • Lisa Betrus, as senior vice president/chief strategy and transformation officer. Since 1998, she has been CEO/administrator of Valley Health & Valley Residential Services,  Herkimer, taking on the extra role of network vice president for continuum of care in 2017.
  • Cailin Purcell, as vice president/chief of staff. With 10-year tenure at Bassett, she  was most recently Department of Surgery senior director, overseeing leadership of Women’s Health, Anesthesia and Perioperative Services.

Bassett Opens 21st School-Based Clinic

Bassett Opens 21st

School-Based Clinic

Seward, Clark Foundation

Helped Float Clinic At GMU

GILBERTSVILLE – Bassett Healthcare Network announced a few minutes ago it has opened a new school-based health center – its 21st – at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School, serving pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

The program is funded through grants obtained by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and a contribution by the Clark Foundation.

Bassett Appoints Carpenter As 1st Chief Dental Officer

Bassett Appoints Carpenter

As 1st Chief Dental Officer

Dr. Leah Carpenter

COOPERSTOWN – Leah Carpenter, DMD, has been appointed Bassett Healthcare’s first chief dental officer, Dr. Steven Heneghan, chief clinical officer, announced yesterday.

In the new role, she will be responsible for “quality oversight and integration of various dental programs offered in the region,” Heneghan said. Hopefully she’ll be able to bring down the cost of dental treatments as they are something that a lot of people struggle to afford. Choosing the perfect dental discount plan for your age can be tricky, especially as a senior. Let’s Say Thanks did a comparison of the best providers for elderly and shows you the top-rated options available, which is useful, but it would be easier all round if it was less expensive.

Heretofore, Bassett’s dental services at Hamilton-Madison Health Center, O’Connor Hospital Dental Clinic in Delhi, FoxCare Dentistry in Oneonta, and school-based services have operated independently of each other, he said.

Bassett Network Moving Birthing To Cooperstown

Bassett Explores Moving

Birthing To Cooperstown

Orthopedic ‘Center Of Excellence’ For Fox

fox logoThe Bassett Healthcare Network announced today it is considering ending labor and delivery services at Fox Hospital in Oneonta within a year, shifting them to the Cooperstown hospital.

The network will also pursue an “orthopedic center of excellence” at Fox.


The savings from the first step, and new revenues from the second are expected to improve Fox’s financial picture by $6 million a year, helping assure financial stability in the years ahead.

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