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Bassett Healthcare Network Is Among State’s 2022 Best Employers

Bassett Healthcare Network Is
Among State’s 2022 Best Employers

Bassett Healthcare Network has been named to the Forbes list of Best-in-State Employers 2022. This award is presented by Forbes, renowned American business publication, and Statista, Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

“Bassett is delighted to be recognized on the Forbes list of Best-in-State Employers 2022,” said Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “We are committed to becoming a national leader in rural health as well as a best place to work and practice. This award reaffirms the important efforts we take every day to prioritize our caregivers and practitioners — they are the heartbeat of our organization and the reason we provide outstanding care to our patients and communities.”

Reasons to be Cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful

Editorial: March 31, 2022

In the beautiful 1979 movie “Being There,” Peter Sellers portrays a gentle and illiterate gardener who implausibly becomes a national sensation in a world gone wrong amid deep recession and winter malaise. A talk show host asks him for his outlook on the nation’s economic future. He pauses for a moment and says, “In the garden, growth has its seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.”

Spring is coming. Amid worldwide havoc, and thanks to the generosity of the good people of Otsego County, there are reasons to be cheerful. Look no further than the outpouring of local support for the people of Ukraine.

The Rusty Bison ran out of spaghetti and meatballs at its March 23 pay-what-you-will event and raised more than $5,000 to send directly to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees with clothes, food, shelter, and finding jobs; the restaurant owners look to raise more on April 1 at 6 p.m. with an Open Mic and Dance Party at The Telegraph School in Cherry Valley.

Students in Edmeston Central School raided their piggy banks to raise nearly $4,000 to partner with the Village’s Rotary Club to support Ukraine.

The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals raised more than $10,000 – double its goal – on behalf of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a group with “boots on the ground” in Ukraine and Poland. SQSPCA’a indefatigable Stacie Haynes said “people are risking their lives right now to ensure animals left in shelters are cared for and pets are transported with families to safety.” So important.

Ukraine’s flag flies over Village Hall in Cooperstown and the Village welcomed Aliona Yezhova and her son to raise awareness; Ms. Yezhova continues her efforts to raise donations of money and goods to send home to help her fellow Ukrainians.

Your generosity goes beyond help for Ukraine, of course — we note, for example, the students at Milford Central also emptied their pockets in a change challenge to raise money for Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans; the Leatherstocking Credit Union waived its coin-counter fees to the Milford and Edmeston schools to maximize the students’ contributions. Lenten food drives. The Lions’ Club teaming up with Otsego 2000 to help connect people to fresh food at the Farmers’ Market in Cooperstown.

The danger inherent to publishing a list like that is that we’re bound to omit the good works of other people and groups who are working just as fervently, so — we apologize in advance for not naming all of you but are just as grateful for your ongoing selflessness.

Otsego County’s traditions of local, regional, and international philanthropy take root in Edward Clark’s deep devotion to the region that continues today through the Scriven and Clark foundations. We’re rooted, too, in our own devotion to the fundamental threads that make every village, town, and city unique yet united.

Spring is coming. Major League Baseball ended its lockout and Opening Day is here. The covers are just about to come off the parking meters. Pretty soon, we’ll all be sweeping the pollen off our windshields instead of scraping off the ice.

In the garden, growth has its seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.

Bassett bonuses thank workers

Dr. Tommy Ibrahim

Bassett bonuses thank workers

By Ted Potrikus

Bassett Healthcare Network last week awarded ‘gratitude’ bonuses to its full complement of some 5,000 full- and part-time employees, made possible in large part through a donation from the Scriven Foundation.

Speaking with The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, Bassett Healthcare Network President and CEO Dr. Tommy Ibrahim credited the entire staff for its hard work throughout another year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Of course it’s been another tumultuous year,” he said. “Bassett Healthcare and every person we serve was carried through it on the shoulders of our caregivers and practitioners.”

Scriven Foundation To Match Donations To Coop Food Bank

Scriven Foundation To Match

Donations To Coop Food Bank

COOPERSTOWN – During the months of November and December, the Scriven Foundation will match donations made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry ​up to a total of $7,500. ​

Donations can be made online at, or sent to the Food ​Pantry at 25 Church St., Cooperstown NY 13326.​ Checks may be made out to Cooperstown Food Pantry. ​

$8M Scriven Grant Aims To Upgrade Patient Care

$8M Scriven Grant Aims

To Upgrade Patient Care

Bassett To Buy Instruments, Equipment, More

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Hospital today announced it has received an $8 million grant from the Scriven Foundation to upgrade patient-care equipment.

The money will buy surgical instruments, patient-monitoring and patient exam tables, among other purchases including lab equipment which may include centrifuge technology to ensure the center is state of the art. It doesn’t just stop with centrifuge technology, there is plenty of other things that a lab will need in order to conduct their research.

Depending on what their research is, will depend on the sort of lab equipment that they need. For example, if they are worried that their biggest issue would be things like cross-contamination, then they need to consider getting things like a pipette tip to help stop that from happening. If this is something which you think you need, then you can check out this page here about selecting the right pipette tip for your pipette.

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