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Bassett Healthcare Network appoints new board chairman

By Eric Reinhardt


Douglas Hastings
Douglas Hastings

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The board of directors of Bassett Healthcare Network announced it has elected Douglas Hastings as its new chairman.

The board elected Hastings during Bassett’s annual meeting on July 16 in Cooperstown. Hastings succeeds Ralph Meyer who has completed his term as board chair.

Meyer is the former CEO of the Guthrie health system and he will remain on the board.

Hastings, a current board member and chair of the board’s quality oversight committee, is chair emeritus in the Washington, D.C. office of law firm Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. where he specialized in health-care law.

He and his wife, Ginny have a home on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown.

“Bassett Healthcare has been committed to providing the people of this region with the care they need to live the healthiest lives possible for nearly 100 years,” Hastings said in the Bassett news release. “I am honored to serve as a steward of this vitally important organization and look forward to working with my fellow board members and all of our over 4,600 dedicated clinical and administrative personnel to advance the health of our communities together.”

Bassett said three other board members were also re-elected to three-year terms, including Jane Forbes Clark of Cooperstown; Kevin Moore of Weston, Connecticut; and John Bullis of Little Falls.

About Bassett

The Bassett Healthcare Network board oversees a health-care system that provides care and services to people living in an eight-county region covering 5,600 square miles in upstate New York.

The organization includes Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown; A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta; O’Connor Hospital in Delhi; Cobleskill Regional Hospital; and Little Falls Hospital; as well as two skilled nursing facilities: Valley Health Services in Herkimer, NY, and the A.O. Fox Nursing Home.

Over 500 physicians and advanced practice clinicians serve the network’s hospitals and 41 community and 20 school-based health centers.

Bassett Healthcare Network also provides home-care services through At Home Care, Inc., and medical equipment and supplies to patients through First Community Care of Bassett.

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