Streck Returns In Interim Role;

His Focus, ‘Leadership Strategy’

Dr. Bill Streck, left, and his successor, Dr. Vance Brown, on their transition in 2014.

COOPERSTOWN – Vance M. Brown, president/CEO of the Bassett Healthcare Network for almost four years, has decided to step down, effective April 20, it was announced today.

Former president/CEO Bill Streck, chief medical and health systems innovation officer at the Hospital Association of New York State (HASNY) since retiring from Bassett, will return to the organization in an interim role, the announcement said.

Brown said his decision to leave Bassett was a difficult one. “This is a wonderful organization whose practitioners and staff are uniquely committed to our patients and improving the health of the population we serve,” he said.  “It has been a privilege to have had a role in helping advance that work.”

Among the accomplishments during Brown’s time as CEO are the full integration of  Fox Hospital and its practitioners into the network, adoption of a single electronic-health-record platform across the network, and the continued development of strategic relationships with healthcare partners such as Oneida Healthcare and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Streck served as Bassett’s president/CEO from 1984 to 2014.  At HASNY, he has worked the last three years with hospitals and health systems across the state on emerging models of care, population health initiatives, risk management strategies, and physician relationships.

In November, Bassett’s board announced Brown’s duties would be split.  He would continue as president/CEO of the network, and a separate president/CEO would be sought to oversee day-to-day operations at the Cooperstown hospital.  Dr. William LeCates was named interim hospital president.

One of Streck’s responsibilities back at Bassett will be to develop a “long-term leadership strategy,” today’s announcement said.

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