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Brett Ann Whitney, 71; Hartwick Graduate, Fox Hospital Nurse

IN MEMORIAM: Brett Ann Whitney, 71;

Hartwick Graduate, Fox Hospital Nurse

Brett Ann Whitney

ONEONTA – Brett Ann Whitney, 71, of Oneonta, a nurse at Fox Hospital for many years, passed away early Monday morning, Oct. 21, 2019, following a short battle with cancer.

She was born on Feb. 11, 1948, in Manhattan, the daughter of Robert and Leila Odum.
Brett received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Hartwick College before joining Fox.

Fox, FOR-DO Host First Anti-Addiction Program

Fox, FOR-DO Host First

Anti-Addiction Program

“Knowledge is Power” panelist Julie Dostal, LEAF executive director, makes a point after hearing FOR-DO’S Ben Riker, right, discuss the brain’s role in creating addiction, as well as available recovery services. Other panelists are, from left, city Superintendent of Schools Tom Brindley, OPD Sgt. Branden Collison, OFD Assistant Chief Jim Maloney, Dostal, Bassett ER Nurse Manager Karen Peterson, Southern Tier AIDS Program’s Rebekah Smith, FOR-DO Executive Director Debra Berrios and Gary Hearl, addiction recovery coach, of Fairview Recovery Services. The program, at Oneonta High School, was the first of three planned by Fox Hospital and FOR-DO. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
Administrator Named At Fox Nursing Home

Emhof Leaves Cooperstown Center

Administrator Named

At Fox Nursing Home

Jeff Emhof

ONEONTA – Jeff Emhof, a veteran nursing home administrator at Focus Otsego and the Cooperstown Center, as well as Chase Memorial in New Berlin,  is the new administrator at Fox Nursing Home, it was announced today.

A licensed nursing home administrator in New York State for more than 11 years, comes to Fox from the Cooperstown Center, where the facility received state recognition for improvements over the past two years, the press release said.

Annual Canstruction Event Yields Over 1 Ton of Food

Canstruction Construction

Yields Over Ton Of Food

Linda Drake, SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility & Community executive director, presents Abe Lippitt, Cooperstown, with the Best Meal Award for his 4H team’s pirate-ship entry in this year’s Canstruction event. The 0415 FIRST Robotics team took the Structural Integrity Prize for its rocket ship; Fox Hospital, Best Use of Labels award for its Operation board game, and SUNY took the Judge’s Favorite award with its soccer field. All in all, the event brought in 2,645 pounds of food that will be donated to area food banks. You can still place your vote for the People’s Choice Award at the Southside Mall throughout the week. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hospital Safety Monitor Gives Fox Hospital an ‘A’

Hospital Safety Monitor

Gives Fox Hospital an ‘A’

ONEONTA – Fox Hospital was awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade, placing the organization among the top facilities nationwide for patient safety excellence.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for patients. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D, or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

Michael Genzardi, 41; L.I. Native Employed At Fox Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Genzardi, 41;

L.I. Native Employed At Fox Hospital

Michael Genzardi

ONEONTA – Michael G. Genzardi, 41, who moved from Long Island with his family in the 1980s, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 6, 2018 at his home.

He was born July 12, 1977, in Bethpage, the son of Eugene T. and Kathleen (Good) Genzardi.

Michael and his family moved to Oneonta in 1985 from Massapequa.  He graduated from Unatego High School.  He loved playing basketball.

Neomia Smith, 85; Nurse At Fox, Amphenol Inspector

IN MEMORIAM: Neomia Smith, 85;

Nurse At Fox, Amphenol Inspector

Neomia Smith

ONEONTA – Neomia Smith (Lemon) was born in 1933 to Viola (Boyd) and Norman Lemon in Dorchester County, S.C.  Neomia was the oldest of eight siblings. She learned at the early age of 12 to cook for her entire family and also helped alongside her siblings to tend the family gardens. Cooking and gardening would end up being her most cherished pastimes during her lifetime.

Neomia had three children from two marriages, Olretha Fleming (Roberts), Clement Roberts (predeceased 2001) and Christopher Smith.

Neomia was an avid reader of various genres, enjoyed berry picking, canning, as well as had a love and a natural talent for cultivating all things that grow on the land as well as caring for the animals and birds that shared it.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

Author On Ecology

& Human Rights

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READING SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Sandra Steingraber, acclaimed ecologist & author exploring links between human rights & the environment, shares her writings for the Red Dragon Reading series. Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3446 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/reddragonreading/reddragonreadingseries.asp

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tour the exhibit “Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist” with Arts in Education coordinator and photographer Kevin Gray. Cost, $30 non-members. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/event/weston

For 4th Year, Fox Hospital ‘LGBTQ’ Equality Leader

For 4th Year, Fox Hospital

‘LGBTQ’ Equality Leader

ONEONTA – Fox Hospital has been designated an “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in its 11th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index.

A record 626 health care facilities actively participated in the HEI 2018 survey, with HRC Foundation proactively researching key policies at more than 900 additional non-participating hospitals. Of those included in the HEI, 418 earned a “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation.

Tri-Town Hospital Moves Under Fox Hospital’s Wing

Tri-Town Hospital Moves

Under Fox Hospital’s Wing

Tri-Town Hospital becomes Fox Hospital/Tri-Town Campus on Jan. 1.

SIDNEY – Due to a state regulation requiring satellite emergency departments to be within 35 miles of an acute care hospital, Tri-Town Regional Hospital will come under the purview of Oneonta’s Fox Hospital on Jan. 1.

The facility will be renamed Fox Hospital – Tri-Town Campus with the new year, according to Andrew Manzer, Bassett Healthcare Network vice president/COO.

Delhi Man Arrested In House Party Stabbing

College Student Arrested

In House-Party Stabbing

Dylan Cumpston

ONEONTA – A 19-year-old Delhi man was arrested after allegedly stabbing a 22-year-old in the back following a fight at a house party on Columbia Street.

Dylan Cumpston, 19, a Hartwick College student, was arrested after police were called to Fox Hospital at 3:36 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, with the report SUNY Oneonta student had been stabbed. Police arrived to find a victim being treated for a stab wound on his upper back.

Maureen P. Hulbert, 76, Oneonta; Local Philanthropist With Husband
IN MEMORIAM

Maureen P. Hulbert, 76, Oneonta;

Local Philanthropist With Husband

Maureen Hulbert

WEST ONEONTA – Maureen P. Hulbert, 76, a benefactress to the Oneonta community along with her husband, the late Henry Hulbert, passed away at home on June 2, 2017, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

She was born Jan. 4, 1941, the daughter of Frank and Kathryn (Noonan) Keegan.

As part of the Oneonta community, she served on the boards of directors for Fox Memorial Hospital, the Riley J. and Lillian N. Warren & Beatrice W. Blanding Foundation and the Philip E. Potter Foundation.

Foxcare Fitness Unveiled At Foxcare Center

Foxcare Fitness Unveiled

Cutting the ribbon this morning at Oneonta’s renovated Foxcare Fitness are, from left, Jennie Gliha, Ryan Scott, Mary Hansen, Jeff Joyner, Louise Sandoli, Doug Decker, Seth Haight, Chris Raverra, Barbara Ann Heegan, Stephanie Paluch, Amanda Stanley, Al Rubin, Celeste Gray, Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood, Dave Greene and Alan Sessions.  At right, tours of the facility in the Foxcare Center on Route 7 on Oneonta’s East End were led by Ryan Scott, showing off highlights of the gym – the new Strength & Conditioning Studio that features an Olympic lifting platform, a full suspension training rack, a flipping tire, sand bags, jump boxes, heavy bags, speed bags, heavy rope and more. The studio will always be open during business hours. “I’ve been to a lot of gyms in the area,” said Rubin after the tour, “And the equipment they have in there is as good as it gets.” Other upgrades include a new roof over the pool, new flooring and new machines. The public is invited to try out the facility free of charge  9 a.m.-noon Saturday, where a opening  party will feature give-aways. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Guys, Dolls, Gala!

Guys, Dolls, Gala!

Julia Goff, Angie Eickler, Teri Basdeckis, Rachel Shaughnessy and Debbi Iannelli are dressed to the nines at the annual Fox Gala this evening. The secret password gained you entry to the Speakeasy-themed soiree at the Foxcare Center, which featured dancing, dining and drinks. Live music was provided by The Blues Maneuver, with special guests The Honey Taps from NYC and more! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Julia Goff, Angie Eickler, Teri Basdeckis, Rachel Shaughnessy and Debbi Iannelli are dressed to the nines at the annual Fox Gala this evening. The secret password gained you entry to the Speakeasy-themed soiree at the Foxcare Center, which featured dancing, dining and drinks. Live music was provided by The Blues Maneuver, with special guests The Honey Taps from NYC and more! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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