Bassett Healthcare Network partially lifted visitation restrictions in its emergency departments across the region effective March 1, 2022.
This includes A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, A.O. Fox Hospital’s Tri-Town Campus in Sidney, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, and O’Connor Hospital in Delhi.
Under the rules announced March 1, patients will be permitted to have one visitor with them during their time in the emergency department. The visitor must stay in the room unless otherwise directed by their loved one’s care team. All visitors must also follow appropriate measures with personal protective equipment (PPE). In general, visitors must be at least 12 years old except in rare situations approved by the patient’s care team.
Extenuating circumstances will continue to be considered on a case-by-case basis for patients who may also need support persons, including children, people who are cognitively impaired, and others. These situations will be at the discretion of the patient’s care team.
Full visitation and support person guidelines for all areas across Bassett Healthcare Network – including hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities – are available on www.bassett.org.
Bassett Healthcare officials are pleased Governor Kathy Hochul suspended plans to enforce a booster mandate for health care workers slated to take effect February 21.
“Bassett Healthcare Network recognizes that getting vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 is one of the most important things we can do to keep our patients, caregivers, and communities safe,” said Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “However, we, like many other health systems around the state and country, continue to experience staffing challenges in the wake of the pandemic.”
“We are relieved that an extension has been granted for this mandate; we now have more time to work with our caregivers and practitioners to get them their boosters,” he said. “We are thankful to our state leaders for their responsiveness and willingness to reconsider their position to avoid further staffing issues. Patient safety is always our priority.”
The original vaccine requirement for health care workers in New York State remains in place; Governor Hochul said she and the state’s Department of Health will reassess conditions in three months to decide whether they need to take additional steps to increase booster rates among health care workers.
In-Patient Visitation Suspended
Across Bassett Healthcare Network
Bassett Healthcare Network temporarily suspends visitation to inpatient units across all of its hospitals beginning January 19, 2021.
Network officials say the community virus spread around Central New York remains high with the “extremely contagious Omicron variant,” leading to measures to protect the safety and health of its patients and staff. Bassett said its hospitals will consider extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis, including for end-of-life patients or those who are cognitively impaired.
Bassett’s emergency departments continue to suspend visitation. Where visitation still occurs – such as long-term care facilities and outpatient clinics – the Network applies special testing processes or other restrictions. Visit www.bassett.org for those details.
Officials plan to reassess community virus trends “after January” and determine whether it is safe to restore visitation.
The January 18 announcement affects the following locations: A.O. Fox in Oneonta, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, and O’Connor Hospital in Delhi.
Greetings, Friends! The time is nigh
To bid this Covid Year good-bye.
We’ve had enough, we’ve played our parts
Stayed home alone filling Amazon carts.
And cleaning our closets and working online
Making do with our WiFi that’s not always fine.
We’ve said goodbye to some friends, to some relatives too
Our families we’ve not seen, travel’s been so taboo.
Goodbye ’21, au revoir, off you go
Adios and kwaheri, arrivederci, adjo.
Go away ’21! But wait! Not before
TFJ has its way with some thank-yous galore.
This past weekend Bassett performed an amazing feat of vaccinating a large group of people, more than 1,100 over two days. The confirmation of vaccine availability only came though on Wednesday, March 3, leaving but two full days to prepare. Nevertheless, I visited on Sunday and it had the appearance of a military operation (which in a sense it was).
The Bassett community, from Dr. Tommy Ibrahim on down should be proud, as should the staff of the Clark Sports Center, which hosted the event.
I want to especially commend the Bassett Director of Network Pharmacy, Kelly Rudd, Pharm.D., who was in command of the clinic from planning through implementation.
She worked from the list of patients from the state, a list of patients from Bassett’s own scheduling system, and an ad hoc group of volunteers who worked to contact and track down people qualified to be vaccinated, but for whom the computer-driven scheduling system was difficult or even impossible to use.
Also, many thanks are due to the Bassett staff who took the time to make hundreds of calls to help schedule seniors 65+.
There are many reports of computer-savvy individuals signing up friends, family members, and neighbors for vaccine appointments. To see this community spirit and kindness is a great thing.
The clinic was also able to smoothly access the waiting list to make sure no dose went unused. The volunteer group – which went out and identified about 175 people who had difficulty finding appointments on their own – included church members, other faith-based organizations, philanthropic NGOs (non-government organizations) including the Community Foundation of Otsego County, and additional individuals.
Many had been working on an individual basis, but recognized the synergy of working together.
COOPERSTOWN – Edward F. Danielski, Jr., a radiologist at Bassett Hospital and later director of Fox Hospital’s radiology department, passed away at home on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021.
The son of Edward Danielski Sr. and Jennie Danielski, Edward was born on July 12, 1930, in Greenfield, Mass.
He attended Deerfield Academy and graduated from Harvard College, cum laude, in 1953. He went to Columbia Medical School and served his internship and residency at the Columbia division of Bellevue Hospital under the service of Drs. Andre Cournand and Dickinson Richards, who had recently received Nobel prizes in medicine.
COOPERSTOWN – With the Bassett Healthcare Network reporting this evening that it has administered 80 percent of COVID-19 vaccines it has received so far, Governor Cuomo announced this afternoon that the program is being expanded beyond 1A eligible New Yorkers to 1B.
• 1B includes teachers and schools employees, police and firefighters (first responders), public-safety workers, public transit workers and people over 75.
• The 1A category, nearing completion, encompasses healthcare workers, from doctors and nurses to local health department workers who are administering the vaccines.
ART IN THE DARK – 6:30 p.m. Tour museums galleries of folk art & fine art by Lantern Light with guides. Learn some of the mysterious, melancholy, untold stories behind the pieces & discover secrets with ultra-violet light. Limited to 8/tour. Cost, $14/non-member. Masks, pre-registration required. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
COOPERSTOWN – Could Bassett Healthcare Network see an influx of COVID-19 patients from downstate? It’s possible.
In his briefing Friday, Governor Cuomo told reporters he is very concerned about finding hospital beds for all those who may be sickened by the Coronavirus.
“We have lower numbers in Upstate, so we are coordinating the downstate need with Upstate hospital beds,” he said. “It could be a person comes in from New York City, but we have a hospital bed in Albany, and if that’s what it gets to that’s what it gets to. If we have a hospital bed with a ventilator anywhere in the state I would be happy.”