News of Otsego County


STERNBERG: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Get Shots

Neighbors Helping
Neighbors Get Shots

Richard Sternberg, retired Bassett Hospital orthopedic surgeon, is providing his professional perspective weekly during the COVID-19
threat. A village trustee,
he resides in Cooperstown.

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.

Edward F. Danielski, Jr., 89; Radiologist At Bassett, Fox


Edward F. Danielski, Jr., 89;

Radiologist At Bassett, Fox

Edward F. Danielski, Jr.

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.

Bassett Vaccination Clinic For 300 Fills ‘Immediately’

Bassett Vaccination Clinic

For 300 Fills ‘Immediately’

COOPERSTOWN – As anticipated, Bassett’s Saturday COVID vaccination clinic filled “immediately,” according to spokesman Karen Huxtable-Hooker.

As soon at the posting appeared on, all appointments were booked.

“Hopefully we see additional supply of the COVID-19 vaccines coming to New York State and released to rural regions soon,” she said.

People Over 71 To Get Vaccine, Governor Says

People Over 75

To Get Vaccine,

Governor Says

Bassett Says Second Round Will Be

Done In Pharmacies, Doctors’ Offices

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

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.

Dolgeville Couple Parents To First Bassett Baby Of  ’21

Dolgeville Couple Parents

To First Bassett Baby Of  ’21


Allan Cotton

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County has welcomed the area’s first baby of the new year. 

‘Allan Cotton, son of Mallory Diederichs and Scott Cotton of Dolgeville, was born – a week early –  at 9:31 a.m. New Year’s Day at Bassett Hospital.

Allan weighs 9 pounds, 3 ounces and is 22 inches long.

Allan has four siblings: Michael, 12, and Karman, 3, at home and two older siblings, Zachary in Missouri, and Michaela in North Carolina.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Tour Art Exhibit By Lantern Light 10-21-20

Tour Art Exhibit By Lantern Light


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

Bassett, Fox Allowed To Do Elective Surgery

Bassett, Fox Allowed

To Do Elective Surgery

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Medical Center and Fox Hospital in Oneonta have been given the go-ahead to resume elective surgeries (outpatient) and non-urgent outpatient procedures, it was confirmed today.

A news conference is planned at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday, May 12, to outline plans for resumption of those services.

Elective surgeries were put on hold after Governor Cuomo’s emergency declaration Friday, March 13, as Bassett and Fox reorganized to focus on the anticipated challenges from COVID-19.

Bassett: Fewer Testing Positive For Coronavirus

Bassett: Fewer

Testing Positive

For Coronavirus

6 Percent Affirmative, Down

From 10 Percent A Week Ago


COOPERSTOWN – Things are heading in the right direction.

Bassett Healthcare Network is seeing fewer positive tests for coronavirus in its eight-county region, Network spokeswoman Karen Huxtable-Hooker said today.

“We have been seeing some numbers trend down,” she said in an email.

Bassett Ready If NYS Sends Patients Here

Locals ‘Prioritized,’ Spokesman Says

Bassett Ready

If NYS Sends

Patients Here

Systems Adds 120 Beds,

Raising Capacity To 300

By LIZZIE COOPER • Special to

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.”

400 Called Hotline Over Weekend, 200 More Connect Today

One Non-Local Patient Treated At Bassett

400 Called Hotline

Over Weekend, 200+

More Connect Today

Many Just Have Colds, Others

Directed To Visit Testing Tents


COOPERSTOWN – Hundreds of people had called Bassett Healthcare Network’s coronavirus hotline by this evening, according to hospital spokeswoman Karen Huxtable-Hooker.

Four hundred called over the weekend after a 24-hour hotline, 607-547-5555, was announced Friday.  And more 200 called today, Huxtable-Hooker said.

One out-of-county patient infected with the coronavirus continues under treatment at Bassett.  No in-county cases have yet developed, county board Chair Dave Bliss said this morning.

2 Virus Cases, Surface Locally, Governor Reports

2 Virus Cases

Surface Locally,

Governor Reports

Bassett Plans Press Briefing Today

CDC images of coronavurus

COOPERSTOWN – Governor Cuomo revealed yesterday that the coronavirus is surfacing locally, with one case each in Herkimer and Delaware counties.

Locally, calls started coming last evening of one, perhaps two cases being treated at Bassett Hospital.  However, the hospital is declining to confirm any cases.

A press conference on the matter is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. today, and more details may be available at that time.

Meanwhile, if you have information on the outbreak, please alert our reporters at 607-547-6103, email, or text 607-643-2514

Drug Take-Back Yields 225 lbs. In Castoff Rxs

Drug Take-Back Yields

225 lbs. In Castoff Rxs

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Hospital’s Drug Take-Back campaign in April yielded 225 pounds of unwanted, expired and unused prescription medicines that were dropped off at three locations, the hospital announced today.

Drug Take-Back was designed to encourage people to clean out their medicine cabinets, and drop-off points were set up at Bassett in Coopertown, O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, and FoxCare Pharmacy in Oneonta.

Toss Old, Unused PrescriptionsDuring Drug Take Back Week

Toss Old, Unused Prescriptions

During Drug Take Back Week

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare Network is encouraging people to get rid of unused prescriptions at its three pharmacies during Drug Take Back Week, April 22-27.

The disposal kiosks are available at Bassett, Foxcare and O’Connor pharmacies to help people avoid prescription misuse and help stem addictions tied to over-the-counter or controlled medication. These excess prescriptions can be managed easier with the help of pharmacy software development by SmartexLab or others, the software can enable alerts for expiring medications, as well as if the destruction of any stock needs to be carried out. A deployment of this type of software could decrease medicine waste greatly.

Main Street Goes Blue For Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Main Street Goes Blue For

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Cali Riese, West Oneonta, a public education and community outreach specialist with the Bassett Medical Center, left, talks with Tracy Baker, Cooperstown, about the importance of colon cancer screenings at their Colon Cancer Awareness Celebration on Friday afternoon in Oneonta. “Otsego County’s colon cancer screening rate is below the state average.” said Riese, “Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths and 60% of those could have been prevented from screening.” Visitors could enjoy light refreshment, try their hand at a corn hole game, view the large inflatable colon, and sign up for free take-home screening kits. (Ian Austin/
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