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    • The Hidden Dangers of Grilling Outside

      May 21, 2018

      With warm, sunny weekends approaching, you can bet a lot of us are planning a menu that includes an outdoor BBQ. But did you know that grill brush you use to clean your barbecue grill could pose a real risk? In fact, they've caused over 1,700 emergency room visits.

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      Our Patients, Our Neighbors, Our Friends

      May 18, 2018

      For the practitioners and nurses who work at Bassett Healthcare, patient care is not a job, it’s their passion. Take a minute to listen to what they have to say…

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      Practitioners Driven to Help You Heal

      May 18, 2018

      For the practitioners and nurses who work at Bassett Healthcare, patient care is not a job, it’s their passion. Take a minute to listen to what they have to say…

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    • Patient Care, Their Passion

      May 18, 2018

      For the practitioners and nurses who work at Bassett Healthcare, patient care is not a job, it’s their passion. Take a minute to listen to what they have to say…

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      eCigarette (Vaping) Liquid Exposure in Children

      May 16, 2018

      Bassett Healthcare's Dr. Michael Hodgman of the Emergency Department shares his thoughts. In an emergency, always call 911 immediately.

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      Prescription Opioid Exposure in Children

      May 16, 2018

      Children are curious, and that can lead them to get into an adult's medicine. But, when the medicine that the child gets a hold of is a prescription opioid, this situation can get serious very quickly. Bassett Healthcare's Dr. Michael Hodgman of the Emergency Department shares his thoughts. In an emergency, always call 911 immediately.

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    • David's Weight Loss Surgery

      May 16, 2018

      Unable to race or keep up with his business, David knew something had to give. That is when he found the weight loss program at Bassett Healthcare.

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      Making Knee Pain Go Away

      May 10, 2018

      Robotic-assisted partial knee replacement

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      MyHealthy Decisions | Exercise is Medicine

      May 9, 2018

      Did you know exercise truly is medicine? Research shows that physical activity promotes optimal health and done correctly and regularly, is integral in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions. Here’s more from Bassett’s Chief of Orthopedics, F. Todd Wetzel, MD

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    • Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement

      May 2, 2018

      Utilizing robotic-assisted navigation, Dr. Scott is able to tailor a patient's surgery to the conditions of the patient's knee at the time of the surgery.

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      Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

      May 2, 2018

      Minimally invasive spine surgery had Jack back to work in less time than traditional surgery, and that made him a happy man.

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      Get Your Life Back with Total Hip Replacement

      May 2, 2018

      Experiencing extreme hip pain, Rahlene Welch went to see Dr. Lebudde. After a total hip replacement, and a quick recovery, Rehlene is back to golfing and walking every morning.

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    • Cardiac Rehabilitation

      March 14, 2018

      After cardiac rehab, Gary Tucker is back to the things he needs and likes to do, including home maintenance and caring for his garden, and he’s looking forward to camping next year with his wife, Kathy. Read his story:

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      Care from the Heart

      March 14, 2018

      Given a second chance thanks to cardiologists at Bassett, Helen is back to her busy life with her puppy, chickens, and being involved in her church. Read Helen's story about how Bassett cardiologists got her back to what's important.

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      Hands-only CPR

      March 14, 2018

      (CPR) not only increases the likelihood of surviving breathing and cardiac emergencies, but it’s simple to learn.

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    • The right help, at the right time

      March 14, 2018

      CPR helps save a student-athlete’s life

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      February is love-your-heart month

      February 2, 2018

      We're surrounded by hearts this month. Along with the paper and chocolate versions, there are the human ones: the beating hearts of more than 300 million Americans. Unfortunately, we're also surrounded by heart disease. In the U.S., it's the leading cause of death for both men and women. But it can be prevented and controlled. Even in a short month's time, you can do a lot to take better care of your heart.

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      The Flu: A Message from Dr. Kerri LeBlanc

      January 25, 2018

      Since early December, flu activity in New York State has been categorized as “widespread”1, and we are certainly seeing an increased number of patients with influenza-like illnesses in our clinics, urgent cares and ERs. Influenza is not just a common cold – it’s an acute upper and lower respiratory tract infection that is characterized by severe cough and congestion, sore throat, fevers, headaches, muscles aches, and can have associated gastrointestinal symptoms. The normal time course is 1 week, though persistent cough and fatigue after the acute illness has resolved is common.

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    • Weight Loss Surgery - Sarah

      January 17, 2018

      Sarah did her research and chose Bassett Healthcare's weight loss program to help her lose weight. A combination of coaching, diet and surgery has Sarah on-track to meet her weight loss goals. Listen to her story.

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      A New Year's Resolution from a Dietitian

      January 11, 2018

      Make your New Year's Resolution last by setting goals that are attainable. clinical nutrition manager at Bassett Medical Center, Andrea Johnson, gives us an educated tip to making a better you

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      Healthy Bones for 2018!

      January 8, 2018

      A New Year's Resolution tip from Doctor Wetzel, Chief of the Department of Orthopedics & Orthopedic Services

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    • New Years Resolution Tip from Dr. Merle Myerson

      January 3, 2018

      Take this New Years tip from Bassett Cardiologist, Merle Myerson about to make your New Year's Resolution a new way of life

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      5 ways to make those New Year's resolutions stick

      January 2, 2018

      Does that pretty much sum up your past history with New Year's resolutions? You're jazzed in January to get in shape, stop smoking, eat better—to achieve your goal, whatever it is. But by February, your resolution is kaput.

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      Research into Kidney Health

      December 27, 2017

      Bassett researchers have discovered a link between the frequent use of a certain type of popular heartburn medications and an increased likelihood of serious kidney issues. Watch Chief of Nephrology Dr. Raquel Rosen discuss this matter in this video.

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    • Get ready for grandkids: How to childproof your home

      December 20, 2017

      When it comes to the safety of your most special house guests—your grandchildren—you can't be too cautious. So before their next visit, check out these tips for childproofing your home and ridding it of hidden hazards that might seriously injure babies or young kids.

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      Healthy holiday eating

      December 16, 2017

      Chances are, you plan to deck the halls for a very merry holiday season. And what better way to evoke the spirit of Christmas past, present, and future than with a traditional red and green color scheme? Bring those holiday hues into your festive feasts, and you're sure to keep good health on the menu—even as you sample the occasional treat.

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      5 tips for buying safe toys

      December 15, 2017

      It's magical when a child holds a treasured toy for the first time. That precious look in the child's eyes says it all. For grownups, that's the joy of giving toys for birthdays, holidays--or just because.

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    • 5 tips for happier holidays

      December 14, 2017

      This year, give yourself the best holiday gift ever: more merry, magical moments and fewer frazzled ones. Here are five ways to make this year's celebrations high on joy and low on stress—and help you keep the happy in the holidays.

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      5 ways to cut back on added sugars

      December 13, 2017

      If you pay attention to dietary headlines, you've probably heard the fuss over foods with added sugars. And you might wonder: How could something so deliciously sweet be so potentially bad for your health?

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      Peace of mind: Making an emergency supply kit

      December 11, 2017

      When inclement weather hits, it's important to be prepared to avoid disaster. The pre in prepared is important to stress—that is, gather emergency items in advance, putting them all in one place and letting everyone in the family know where they are. If an emergency occurs, you'll be ready to provide for yourselves for a few days, if needed.

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    • Keep the happy in holidays

      December 6, 2017

      As you make your holiday to-do list, be sure it includes this important task: Take steps to stay safe. Celebrations that make this time of year so festive also bring hazards, from dangerous decorations to poisonous plants. Here's how to keep you and your family—pets included—out of harm's way

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      Giving thanks for family: Share the food-and your family history-this Thanksgiving

      November 23, 2017

      Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to connect with family, eat great food and give thanks. It's also a good time to listen closely to your relatives' stories about their health--Uncle Joe's blood sugar woes are more important than you may think.

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      October: A good time to consider breast health

      October 12, 2017

      As of yet, there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in this country. Even so, there are clear steps women can take to reduce their risk. And October, which is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the ideal time to take them.

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    • Jim's Story: Total Ankle Replacement

      October 6, 2017

      Having had is ankle replaced, Jim is back to walking with his wife and living a more pain-free life. Watch Jim tell his story in this video.

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      James' Story: Robotic-Assisted Partial Knee Replacement

      October 6, 2017

      James opted for robotic-assisted partial knee replacement surgery using A.O. Fox Hospital's state-of-the-art NAVIO system. Watch James tell his story in this video.

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      In praise of pumpkins

      October 5, 2017

      But pumpkins don't shine only as jack-o'-lanterns. These nutritious golden stars of the harvest season—packed with fiber, potassium and vitamin A—have a long history of lighting up many a delish dish. In times past, pumpkin was a Native American staple that was roasted over an open fire. And when colonists filled the plump orange gourds with milk, spices, and honey and baked them in hot ashes, it was the precursor of our classic Thanksgiving dessert.

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    • Fighting Cancer and Immunotherapy: New Treatment options

      October 1, 2017

      Jim Tyler's story of being one of the first patients at Bassett Cancer Institute to receive a new immunotherapy drug.

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      New Hope for those with Melanoma

      October 1, 2017

      A new kind of treatment that’s injected directly into the tumor is giving patients with metastatic melanoma another option.

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      The Powers of Clinical Trials

      October 1, 2017

      Don Hromada was given the option of participating in a clinical trial for metastatic lung cancer using immunotherapy treatment.

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    • da Vinci Surgery: Advanced Surgery Options

      October 1, 2017

      Bassett Healthcare Network offers the da Vinci surgical system, an innovative alternative to traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy.

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      One Day at a Time: Staying Positive Through Treatment

      October 1, 2017

      Chuck Hand has been getting infusions of immunotherapy at Bassett’s cancer center in Herkimer. Hand takes his cancer journey one day at a time.

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      Immunotherapy: Using your own immune system to help fight cancer

      August 30, 2017

      Jim Tyler, featured in this video, participated in a clinical trial of a new immunotherapy drug while at Bassett. He shares his thoughts on what this treatment means to him, and to future cancer patients.

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    • 10 ways to add more joy to your life

      August 11, 2017

      If you sometimes feel like your life is one downpour after another, it's time to find some joy. And it's easier than you might think. Being joyful has the power to help you bounce back from stressful events, solve problems, think flexibly and even fend off diseases.

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      Dehydration: Summer time, thirsty time

      July 14, 2017

      Getting plenty of fluids every day is essential for good health. Water is in every cell in the body. It helps regulate body temperature, cushions and lubricates joints, protects sensitive tissues, and assists the digestive system.

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      Have a safe summer

      July 13, 2017

      Although it's easy to be casual about many things in the summer, it's not good to be casual about safety. With warm weather comes the risk for certain injuries and health problems—some serious enough to be life-threatening.

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    • Mosquito management 101: 4 tips for stopping those risky bites

      July 11, 2017

      We've all had those itchy red welts that tell us one pesky mosquito and they usually go away, but mosquitoes can carry germs, like the West Nile virus, that may make us sick. Learn the risks here:

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      da Vinci Robotic Surgery: The Benefits

      June 22, 2017

      In this video, Dr. Hellenthal describes the benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery, including quicker recovery time for patients. Take a look.

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      Keep pets cool in the heat

      June 13, 2017

      Summer's heat can be dangerous for people and pets. Help keep your furry friends safe and cool with these five tips:

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    • Cultivate some happiness

      April 19, 2017

      Ahhh, spring! It's the perfect time for planting. But gardens aren't the only thing to grow now. You can also sow the seeds of happiness—which is easier than you might suspect. Studies show that some fairly simple habits can help you be more upbeat and happier overall. Here are three key ones

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      What you need to know about opioids

      April 7, 2017

      It's tough to live with chronic pain, but millions of Americans do. That's one reason why prescription opioids are so popular.

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      Is Bariatric Surgery Right for you?

      April 1, 2017

      Bassett Healthcare Network’s surgeons, dietitians, counselors and other experts work together to help patients through their weight-loss journeys.

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    • Fantastic Results from Gastric Bypass Surgery

      April 1, 2017

      In January 2014, Steven Heneghan, MD, performed gastric bypass surgery on Stephanie Paradiso, and she has gone from a high of 287 pounds down to 133 pounds.

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      It's a Whole New Life

      April 1, 2017

      Through Bassett Healthcare Network’s weight-loss program, Cheryl Irvin had gastric sleeve surgery that has help her turn a new leaf in her life.

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      Feel the Difference: Life-improving Surgery

      April 1, 2017

      Kari Hackett had gastric bypass surgery at Bassett Medical Center in 2015, at the age of 33, she lost 130 pounds.

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    • MyBassett Health Connection | Judy

      March 29, 2017

      Have you signed up for MyBassett Health Connection? If you haven't, listen to Judy Marvin’s experience with MyBassett.

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      What is a general surgeon?

      March 22, 2017

      A diseased gallbladder. A breast tumor. An obstructed bowel. All of these diverse conditions often require surgery to treat them, and chances are the doctor who is going to perform those operations is a general surgeon.

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      Shovel snow the right way: Tips for safe snow removal

      March 20, 2017

      Removing snow can be especially hard on back, shoulder and arm muscles because it involves a lot of bending and heavy lifting. It can also be hard on the heart: Older adults face an increased risk for having heart problems while shoveling. And it's not unusual for people to slip or fall—or get hit by the shovel—when shoveling snow.

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    • Mind your moles: Look for changes that may signal cancer

      March 3, 2017

      When was the last time you got up close and personal with your moles? If it's been awhile, it's time to check them out. The more familiar you are with your moles, the more likely you'll notice if they start to look different—or if any new ones crop up. That's important because a change in a mole's size, shape or color is one of the main signs of melanoma—an aggressive type of skin cancer that, if not treated, can spread to other parts of the body and be deadly.

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      Staying well: 5 ways to prevent a return trip to the hospital

      March 2, 2017

      Having to stay in the hospital is probably not your idea of a good time. And when you're discharged, chances are you don't want to return. It's nice to have skilled, compassionate care you can depend on when you need it. But staying healthy—and avoiding a return trip to the hospital—is everyone's preference, and it's what we want for you too.

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      Make an asthma action plan

      March 2, 2017

      Asthma has a variety of symptoms: coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath. But there's one thing it shouldn't make you feel: powerless. In fact, there's a lot you can do to keep asthma symptoms from flaring up in the first place. Your doctor can show you how.

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    • Pregnancy: A healthier you can mean a healthier baby

      March 2, 2017

      That's why it's crucial to make good decisions about diet, exercise, health care and lifestyle habits during this important time. The best way to take care of your baby is to take care of yourself.

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      What's up with that cough?: Hint: It could be asthma

      March 2, 2017

      You have a chronic cough. But you don't have other symptoms that would suggest asthma—such as wheezing, shortness of breath or tightness in the chest.

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      Prediabetes: 3 must-know facts

      March 2, 2017

      Chances are you know someone with type 2 diabetes. It's the most common form of diabetes—millions of Americans have it. But have you heard of something called prediabetes? It's a condition that also affects millions of Americans—and one that everyone should learn about.

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    • Take your best shot: It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine

      March 2, 2017

      Even though this year’s flu season is in full swing, you can still help protect yourself from the flu if you get the vaccine now. As always, your best defense against the flu is to get a flu shot.

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      What is COPD?

      March 2, 2017

      Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition that makes it hard to breathe. Although there is no cure, treatment can improve quality of life.

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      What is angioplasty?

      March 2, 2017

      For people who have coronary artery disease, doctors may use a procedure called angioplasty to open arteries narrowed or blocked by plaque—a waxy substance that can build up in artery walls and reduce blood flow to the heart. Angioplasty can restore blood flow, which can relieve a type of chest pain called angina and also help prevent a heart attack.

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    • Fight back: Don't let excuses knock you off the exercise track

      March 2, 2017

      You want to exercise. You know it's good for both your mind and body. And you actually feel better iStock-518185878.jpgwhen you do it.

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      Eating triggers: How to tame temptations

      March 2, 2017

      The answer to those questions can be important—especially if you're trying to lose or maintain weight. One way to find out is to keep a food journal for a few days. By jotting down what, when and where you eat and how you're feeling at the time, you might spot what drives you to overeat or to choose less-than-healthy foods.

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      What's your health insurance IQ?: Know the lingo

      March 2, 2017

      Sometimes, health insurance policies feel like they're written in a foreign language. You read them and wonder, "What in the world does that mean?" Understanding basic medical insurance terms is important—especially if you're shopping for a new policy. That knowledge can help you pick the plan that best fits your needs and may save you money.

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    • Do you need a tetanus shot?

      March 2, 2017

      What do splinters, animal scratches and burns that break the skin have in common? Besides causing pain, they put people at risk of being infected with tetanus.

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      ATV adventures: Tips for a safer ride

      March 2, 2017

      Before you head out, however, it's important not to forget that these machines are powerful, fast, heavy and can easily tip over. In short, they deserve some serious respect. So along with making sure you know and follow state and local laws, check out these six tips for a safe ride

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      7 tips for a safe day at the beach

      March 2, 2017

      Are sand and surf your favorite turf? If so, you're probably planning your next trip to the shore. To help keep the beach bunnies and surfer dudes in your circle safe

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    • 6 foods that add up to lower cholesterol

      March 2, 2017

      You probably already know this equation: Too much LDL (the bad cholesterol) + not enough HDL (the good cholesterol) + high triglycerides (another blood fat) = potential trouble for your heart.

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      Make the connection: Changing how you think may change how you feel

      March 2, 2017

      Doctors have suspected for centuries that there is a powerful tie between mind and body, and modern medical studies prove them right. Researchers now know that unhealthy levels of stress, depression, and anxiety can wreak havoc with your hormones, immune system, heart health and blood pressure.

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      What is an oncologist?

      March 2, 2017

      These doctors are called oncologists. They help people with cancer understand the disease and their treatment options. They also lead the patient's health care team in delivering high-quality, individualized cancer therapy.

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    • How to help a friend with cancer

      March 2, 2017

      For many of us, cancer is a frightening disease, and something frightening can make us feel uneasy. So if you feel uncomfortable reaching out, it might help to know that one of the most meaningful ways to offer support is to simply be available to listen. In fact, it's even OK to say: "I don't know what to say. But I care, and I'm sorry you're going through this."

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      Food safety musts for moms-to-be

      March 2, 2017

      As a mom-to-be, you know a healthy diet is a must for both you and your growing baby. But an extra safe diet is also essential—one that protects the two of you from food poisoning. Food poisoning is never a good thing. But it's especially risky now that you're expecting. Pregnancy alters your immune system, making it harder to fight off harmful bacteria and other microorganisms that can multiply in food and make you seriously ill.

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      Take steps to head off trouble: Help your child avoid a concussion

      March 2, 2017

      Sports injuries are a common safety concern for school-age athletes. And concussions, which affect tens of thousands of kids in the U.S. each year, are among the most serious. These brain injuries can be especially dangerous, even deadly, if a second concussion occurs before the first has enough time to heal.

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    • It's tomato time!

      March 2, 2017

      Few things are worth the wait as much as tomatoes in season. Who can resist their juicy, sweet taste, especially after eating often tasteless ones the rest of the year? If you care about healthy foods, you have another reason---besides their flavor---to eat fresh tomatoes. A medium one packs 1½ grams of fiber and nearly 20 percent of the recommend daily amount of vitamin C. That fiber helps you feel full and avoid overeating, while vitamin C helps boost immunity and heal cuts.

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      It's a real risk: Inhaling water can cause a delayed and dangerous reaction in kids

      March 2, 2017

      You may have heard of something called dry drowning or delayed drowning. While those aren't actual medical terms, they do describe an event that can be both unexpected and deadly, especially to kids, who are at high risk of drowning. Here are five things you need to know about dry drowning

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      Home canning? Stay safe from botulism

      March 2, 2017

      That bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, is found in the soil. And it can multiply and produce a dangerous toxin in a sealed jar of food. This toxin affects the nerves and can cause paralysis and even death. Eating just a small amount of contaminated food can be life-threatening.

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    • Grade A advice: 5 things every college student should know

      March 2, 2017

      It's that time of year, kids are heading off to college. Even before they hit the books, though, there are lessons to be learned. Here are five things to teach your college student before he or she leaves home

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      Practicing gratitude for health and happiness

      March 2, 2017

      When you make an effort to see the good in life, it feels good. You'll likely notice that you are happier, more content, and less stressed. You'll also enjoy some nice health benefits. Some studies show that practicing gratitude may help

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      Make the cut:10 ways to shave 100 calories a day

      March 2, 2017

      If you cut just 100 calories from your daily diet, you'll lose roughly 10 pounds in a year--without a big effort on your part. An added bonus: The small changes you make will likely be easy to stick with over time, which will help you lose even more weight.

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    • When you need infusion therapy

      March 2, 2017

      Doctors often prescribe pills when patients get sick. Oral medications work well for a lot of diseases and conditions. But sometimes an illness can't be treated with a pill--it requires something called infusion therapy.

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      Don't pass on a Pap test

      March 2, 2017

      Ladies, are you up-to-date on your Pap test screenings for cervical cancer? If you aren't sure, consider these facts

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      Drink up: Stay hydrated during exercise

      March 1, 2017

      What's the must-have piece of gear for every exerciser? A water bottle. Your body needs plenty of fluid to get the most out of a workout. Water helps to cool you down—from the inside out. It also transports nutrients, eliminates waste, and maintains blood pressure and circulation.

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    • Measles: Cases on the rise

      March 1, 2017

      Measles is making a comeback—even though there's a vaccine that can help prevent it. Doctors thought they'd mostly wiped out measles in this country in 2000. But there have been outbreaks here since then.

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      Give the greatest gift: Be an organ donor

      March 1, 2017

      That's something you can easily do by signing up to become an organ donor. Your generosity, in fact, could save as many as eight lives. It might also help many others who need donated tissue to recover from burns and other injuries or to regain lost vision or hearing.

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      What is a gastroenterologist?

      March 1, 2017

      A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. That includes the esophagus, stomach, intestines, pancreas, and liver. All of these organs have roles in aiding digestion.

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    • For caregivers: 6 medication safety tips

      March 1, 2017

      As a caregiver, you have a lot of responsibilities—one of which may be helping your loved one manage medications. This can be a complex task, particularly if he or she takes multiple meds. Here are six ways to help you keep things safe and simple

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      Certified nurse-midwives: They deliver more than babies

      March 1, 2017

      Which medical professionals offer top-quality care for women? If you thought of primary care physicians, internists, OB-GYNs, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, you're right. But that list isn't quite complete. There's another group of professionals caring for women of all ages, through every stage of life. They are certified nurse-midwives (CNMs).

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      What is an orthopedic surgeon?

      March 1, 2017

      Is a worn-out hip or knee keeping you from moving freely? Are you wincing because of chronic back pain that just keeps getting worse? Did you slip and shatter a bone? These are all health problems that might send you to an orthopedic surgeon. These highly trained medical specialists focus on diagnosing and treating injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.

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    • What is an ENT?

      March 1, 2017

      ENT stands for ear, nose, and throat. It refers to the doctors who specialize in treating people with a range of diseases and disorders that involve those three specific body parts. Formally, ENTs are known as otolaryngologists. Theirs is the oldest medical specialty in the U.S.

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      What is an OB-GYN?

      March 1, 2017

      Obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs) care for women throughout their lives. That care starts in early adolescence and continues through menopause and beyond. And they provide this care in two very important ways: They help women have healthy babies and safe deliveries, and they diagnose and treat health issues that are particular to women.

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      OB-GYN hospitalists: Available 24/7 for women

      March 1, 2017

      Like any mom-to-be, you want to welcome your baby into this world in the safest way possible. But you might not know about a special kind of doctor who can help ensure that the newest member of your family does indeed arrive safely. And that doctor—an OB-GYN hospitalist—is a valuable member of our hospital team. Perhaps you're aware of hospitalists in general. They're physicians, typically internal medicine or family doctors, who care exclusively for hospitalized patients. You might say the hospital is their office. They're available 24/7 to monitor and treat people throughout their stay.

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    • Is it autism?: What parents need to know

      March 1, 2017

      Parents love—make that, adore—watching their little ones grow. Yet these early observations can sometimes spark concerns when moms and dads notice something unusual in the way a child interacts or communicates. Worried parents may even wonder, "Is it autism?" You may know it as simply autism, but the medical term for this developmental disorder is autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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      The ears have it: 4 facts about earwax

      March 1, 2017

      You probably think of it as gross gunk. But earwax—what doctors call cerumen—actually deserves your respect. That's because it protects your ears. It helps keep dust and bacteria and other germs from entering and damaging them. It also keeps the delicate skin in your ear canal from getting irritated if water gets into it—say, while you shower or swim.

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      Kids and medicine: Measure up a safe dose

      March 1, 2017

      When your little one is sick, you naturally want to help him or her feel better—which may mean dispensing a dose of medicine (along with some hugs). Before you give a child medicine, however, it's important to remember this: Kids aren't miniature adults. What works for you, may not be right for a child.

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    • The second time around: How to care for yourself while raising a grandchild

      March 1, 2017

      After your last child left home, you thought your child-rearing days were over. But now you're raising a grandchild—and are back on the job again. As much as you love your grandson or granddaughter, watching over a child late in life can be challenging—physically, emotionally and financially. Still, there are ways to lighten your load. First, ask for help. If you're hesitant, be aware that turning to others for support is a sign of strength, not weakness. It shows that you want to do the best possible job of caring for your grandchild.

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      Chew on this: Broccoli stalks are a tasty treat

      March 1, 2017

      The stalks we spurn are as flavorful as the florets we routinely eat. Broccoli stalks are also an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps fight infections, and folate, which may protect against both cancer and heart disease. Plus broccoli stalks are packed with fiber, which can help you feel full.

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      There's no place like a medical home

      March 1, 2017

      When it's your patient-centered medical home (PCMH). Although it includes a doctor's office, a PCMH is much more than a place. It's a way of providing primary health care. It helps you and your primary care doctor work together to bring you.

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    • Check it out: Some must-do screenings and self-exams

      February 26, 2017

      There's no denying how popular DIY projects are today. We love to roll up our sleeves and get it done. But what about health screenings that can alert us to possible health problems? Can we tackle some of those ourselves too?

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      Thyroid cancer: 5 facts to know

      February 17, 2017

      It's not a cancer that typically makes headlines. But it's important to learn the facts about thyroid cancer because more and more people are being diagnosed with the disease. In fact, it's the most rapidly increasing cancer in the U.S. Here are five things to know about it.

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      Help your child deal with bullying

      February 17, 2017

      Whether they're still young enough for the swing set or old enough for social media, kids need love and support to help them stand up to bullying.

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    • Bridge the distance: 4 tips for long-distance caregiving

      February 17, 2017

      You live many miles away from an increasingly frail or ill loved one. And you wonder: How can I help from such a distance?

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      Save lives: Be a blood donor

      February 17, 2017

      Just about an hour of your day. That's how little time it takes to help change someone's life with a heroic and generous act--donating blood.

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      Organ donation: Your questions answered

      February 17, 2017

      Becoming an organ donor is one of the most generous things you could ever do. But you might wonder what's involved and why you should consider it. If so, here's the information you need.

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    • Have a heart-healthy Valentine's Day

      February 17, 2017

      On Feb. 14, hearts are the star of the show. Of course, they don't look anything like the real deal--the hardworking muscle that sets the beat for life every day, all year long.

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      Spring cleaning: Don't let safety slip

      February 17, 2017

      With spring's arrival, your to-do list is likely full of chores, from giving your home a top-to-bottom buffing to decluttering closets and sprucing up your yard. But before you spring into action, take a few moments to check out the safety tips below. Thousands of people in the U.S. get injured every year—sometimes seriously—tackling cleaning projects and yardwork.

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      Take a pass on tanning beds

      February 17, 2017

      If you're tempted to try a tanning bed to get a golden glow, know this: Tanning indoors isn't any safer than tanning in the sun

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    • On the trail to safety

      February 17, 2017

      Now that the weather is nice, you might be tempted to take a hike. But before you set off to explore the great outdoors, keep these five safety tips in mind

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      Set the stage for your produce to shine

      February 17, 2017

      Let's give a hand to fruits and vegetables! They're the nutritional stars of your diet. But how can you make sure they are giving their best performance at every meal? Try these four tips for coaxing the most out of produce.

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      Summer get-togethers: Make them fun and healthy

      February 17, 2017

      Ah, summer! It's time to kick back and get together at backyard bashes, picnics in the park and parades on the Fourth of July. Here are some tips on how to keep those celebrations as healthy as they are fun.

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    • 4 medication mistakes to avoid

      February 17, 2017

      Are you doing the right things to make your medicines work for you? The medicines your doctor prescribes are meant to improve your health. But you could be making risky mistakes without even realizing it.

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      Need a new ankle? Joint replacement surgery can be a life-changer

      February 17, 2017

      If an arthritic ankle has you wincing and limping, even during a short stroll to the mailbox, you might wish you could just trade in your old joint for a new one. Well, maybe you can. Just like worn-out hips and knees, damaged ankles can often be replaced with artificial ones.

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      Test your cholesterol smarts

      February 16, 2017

      It's National Cholesterol Education Month. Do you know what you should about cholesterol—how to keep it at a healthy level to help prevent heart disease? These 5 must-know facts about cholesterol can help you get started.

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    • Guillain-Barre syndrome

      February 16, 2017

      If this year is typical, as many as 6,000 people nationwide will develop Guillain-Barre syndrome—a serious disorder that occurs when the body's immune system attacks nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.

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      Save those seeds

      February 16, 2017

      You may be tempted to toss the seeds when carving a pumpkin. But consider toasting them instead—toasted pumpkin seeds can be a healthy snack. Here's how to make them:

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      Bye, bye bedwetting

      February 16, 2017

      If you recently got up in the middle of the night to change some soggy sheets because your child wet the bed, it may help to know that plenty of other moms and dads are doing the same thing. Most children are toilet trained between 2 and 4 years old. But some don't stay dry at night until they get older. For instance, about 20 percent of 5-year-olds wet their beds, reports the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). And some kids still have accidents at age 7 or older.

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    • Breast cancer: 5 facts you may not know

      February 16, 2017

      Of all the diseases we face as women, few may concern us more than breast cancer. Almost certainly, you know someone—a loved one, a friend, a neighbor—whose life has been touched by the disease. Even though breast cancer is far too common, some facts about it may still surprise you. Here's a look at five of them:

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      Start your kids on a heart-healthy path

      February 16, 2017

      You're there to help your children with their homework, and you remind them to brush their teeth. But have you helped them do something good for their hearts lately?

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      Should they stay, or should they go?

      February 16, 2017

      Your mom still lives in the house where you grew up. It's filled with memories of family and friends. You know your mom loves that house. But today she said something you've never heard her say before: "Sometimes I feel like this house is too much for me." Maybe it's time to talk to your mom about moving to an assisted living facility.

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    • Zika and pregnancy: What you should know

      February 16, 2017

      For women who are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, there may be no such thing as a simple mosquito bite anymore. At least, not since the Zika outbreak began. Read more here:

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      How to help quiet a child's fears

      February 16, 2017

      One of the greatest fears children have after a natural disaster is being left alone or separated from their family. You can help calm their fears by:

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      Seasonal affective disorder: Less light can mean darker moods

      February 11, 2017

      Does your mood seem to mirror the seasons-maybe growing darker as the fall and winter days get shorter and lifting as the brighter days of summer approach? You could have a condition known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD)-a type of depression that's related to seasonal changes in light. SAD can make you feel tired, crave carbohydrates, gain weight, avoid things you normally enjoy or withdraw socially during the fall and winter months.

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    • On Guard - How to defend against hospital infection

      February 11, 2017

      Hospitals are places of healing—we go there to get well when we're injured or ill. And while hospitals are very safe, there is some risk of getting an infection while you're receiving medical treatment. We want you to know that we take hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) seriously—and we do everything possible to prevent them.

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      A Family Guide to Sunscreens

      February 11, 2017

      Does your idea of family fun include spending time together outdoors? Then it's important to protect the whole gang from the sun's damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. There's nothing cool about painful sunburns, early wrinkles or a raised risk of skin cancer. And yet that's just what too much UV exposure can bring. One way to help keep your family safe: Make sure everyone gets their sunscreen on.

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      We're in This Together

      February 11, 2017

      Board games, movie nights and vacations—lots of things are better as a family. And that includes getting and staying healthy. So, moms and dads, get the whole family involved in moving more and eating right. If that sounds great in theory, but you're not sure how to make better health a family affair, here's a five-step plan

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    • Please Pass the Potassium

      February 11, 2017

      It's hard to overstate all the good things potassium does for you. This mineral helps your nerves work, your muscles contract and your heartbeat stay regular. It moves nutrients into cells and waste products out of them. And potassium helps keep your blood pressure in a healthy range by blunting the effects of sodium.

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      Should You Be Pro Probiotics?

      February 10, 2017

      You've probably heard of probiotics, especially if you spend any time in the yogurt aisles of supermarkets. But what are they exactly? Are they good for your heath? And should you join the millions of Americans who already take them?

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      MyHealthy Decisions | Weight Loss Surgery - Cheryl

      January 20, 2017

      Cheryl loved to garden, but found it increasingly difficult given her health. Watch Cheryl discuss her decision to undertake weight loss surgery, and how it got her back to doing the things she loves to do.

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    • Stay safe and healthy at work

      January 16, 2017

      You go to work to bring home a paycheck—not the flu, carpal tunnel syndrome or some other health problem. So how do you stay safe and healthy on the job? Here are five key safeguards.

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      A group approach to patient care

      January 14, 2017

      It's often said that there's strength in numbers. And that notion may well apply to an alternate approach to the regular doctor's visit—one known as a shared medical appointment or group visit. During group visits, several people with a similar illness share a doctor's appointment. Many group visits are designed for people with a chronic condition, such as diabetes. Part support group, part motivational meeting and part traditional doctor's appointment, this format empowers many participants to better manage their health.

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      Weight Loss Surgery - Stephanie

      January 6, 2017

      Stephanie Paradiso of Fort Plain says weight loss surgery gave her a whole new life. She’s now able to enjoy activities with her family that she couldn’t accomplish before. Take a look.

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    • Check Your Heart Before You Start

      January 2, 2017

      Bassett Heart Care Institute’s Pre-Exercise Heart Screening Program is ready to help you reduce the risk for cardiovascular problems associated with participation in routine exercise as well as competitive and recreational sports.

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      Prevention is the Best Medicine

      January 2, 2017

      For Donna Thomson, 69, grandmother of five, the program provides peace of mind following an onset of symptoms that led her to the emergency room.

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      Listen to Your Heart

      January 1, 2017

      Marge Miller underwent heart surgery for blocked arteries and a life-threatening aneurysm.

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    • Get tested for hepatitis C

      December 7, 2016

      People born between 1945 and 1965 should be tested for hepatitis C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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      MyHealthy Decisions | Weight Loss Surgery

      November 22, 2016

      Kari Hackett is enjoying a better quality of life following weight loss surgery. Watch her inspiring story.

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      The Great American Smokeout

      November 19, 2016

      If you smoke, find your calendar and draw a big red circle around Nov. 17. That's the date for this year's Great American Smokeout—a day that everyone who smokes is encouraged to quit. The Smokeout has fallen on the third Thursday in November since 1976, when the California division of the American Cancer Society (ACS) convinced nearly 1 million smokers to quit for the day. The ACS took the event nationwide in 1977.

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    • Hepatitis C: Get the facts

      November 10, 2016

      Hepatitis C is a virus that can damage the liver. Here's what you need to know about this infection, and how new treatments may hold a cure.

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      Heart Disease in Women

      October 22, 2016

      Heart disease affects men and women equally, yet the early warning signs can be different for women. Dr. Merle Myerson, of the Bassett Heart Care Institute, explains how heart disease can manifest itself in women and some ways your care team can help you avoid falling prey to this ailment.

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      A New Tool for Back and Spine Surgery

      October 2, 2016

      Surgeons at Bassett are using a GPS-like device to perform extremely precise procedures for patients undergoing back and spine operations.

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    • Keep Kids Safe in the Backseat

      October 2, 2016

      Having your child’s car seat correctly installed is a great start to ensure your child’s safety.

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      Get Ahead of Flu Season

      October 2, 2016

      Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine each year

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      Want to Lose Weight? Don’t Diet!

      October 1, 2016

      I suggest that people invest time for three or four days to jot down what they are eating and take the time to write down the calories.

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    • Don’t Wait for a Wake-Up Call to Make Healthy Changes

      October 1, 2016

      Ken Brinck’s diagnosis was a catalyst for personal health transformation.

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      Concussion Management 101

      October 1, 2016

      Aliya Sider, 18, of Oneonta, experienced a series of accidents between 2012 and 2016, including a fall during a jolting stop on a subway.

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      What's New in Primary Care?

      October 1, 2016

      Bassett's primary care office is now using innovative ways to keep your health on track.

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    • Clinical Trials at Bassett - A Patient's Journey Part IV

      September 27, 2016

      Christopher Kuhn of Oneonta entered a clinical trial for melanoma in 2014, beginning a difficult but ultimately successful journey. He and his wife LeeAnn graciously shared their story in this 4-part video series.

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      Clinical Trials at Bassett - A Patient's Journey Part III

      September 27, 2016

      Christopher Kuhn of Oneonta entered a clinical trial for melanoma in 2014, beginning a difficult but ultimately successful journey. He and his wife LeeAnn graciously shared their story in this 4-part video series.

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      Clinical Trials at Bassett - A Patient's Journey Part II

      September 27, 2016

      Christopher Kuhn of Oneonta entered a clinical trial for melanoma in 2014, beginning a difficult but ultimately successful journey. He and his wife LeeAnn graciously shared their story in this 4-part video series.

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    • Oneonta Practitioners Selected for New National Leadership Program by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

      September 22, 2016

      Five practitioners from A.O. Fox Hospital’s Gender Wellness Center in Oneonta have been awarded $500,000 over three years as participants in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholars Program, a new national leadership program that aims to improve health and reduce disparities in wellness and longevity across the United States.

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      Telehealth Grant for School-Based Health

      September 7, 2016

      Cooperstown, NY – Bassett Healthcare Network has been awarded a $297,419 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for up to four years to bring telehealth services to the school-based health care setting.

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      Clinical Trials at Bassett - A Patient's Journey Part I

      August 31, 2016

      Christopher Kuhn of Oneonta entered a clinical trial for melanoma in 2014, beginning a difficult but ultimately successful journey. He and his wife LeeAnn graciously shared their story in this 4-part video series.

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    • Clinical Trials Available at Bassett

      August 16, 2016

      Christopher Kuhn of Oneonta entered a clinical trial for melanoma in 2014. Learn more in a 4-part series during which he and his wife LeeAnn share their story.

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      Look before you lease: Make safety a priority when selecting off-campus housing

      August 12, 2016

      Your college kid sounds very excited over the phone. She and her friends have found a great old apartment building with a three-room unit they can afford. Can she sign the lease? "The apartments were built in 1911," your daughter says. "You should see the old ironing board that springs out from a kitchen cabinet! It's so cool."

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      What You Need to Know About Meningitis

      July 16, 2016

      Are your adolescent children vaccinated against meningitis? If not, speak with your provider about getting your child immunized; it can be lifesaving. Pediatrician Chris Kjolhede explains:

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    • Superior Capsular Reconstruction

      June 29, 2016

      Learn about a new less invasive surgical technique for repairing a torn rotator cuff from Dr. Tal Lassiter

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      Lyme Disease

      June 27, 2016

      There is an uptick in the number of patients coming in with symptoms of Lyme disease or a known tick bite; clinicians say the mild winter is partly to blame and it is cause for concern given the potential seriousness of this illness. Here’s emergency services physician assistant Joann Carey.

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      Better Sleep For Optimal Health

      June 26, 2016

      Not getting a good night's rest? These better sleep tips from Bassett primary care provider Dr. Aimee Pearce could be just the ticket.

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    • An Amazing New Ankle

      June 26, 2016

      When ankle pain and stiffness are not resolved with pain medications, cortisone shots and physical therapy, surgery may be an option. Total ankle replacement helped get Elizabeth Cozzolino back on her feet and active again. Replacement surgery involves only a brief hospital stay and recovery is usually quicker.

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      Zika Virus

      May 25, 2016

      Facts about Zika virus. Watch this video, then visit cdc.gov & health.ny.gov

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      Sleep Disruption and Increased Risk of Coronary Heart Disease

      May 6, 2016

      Lifestyle, sleep disturbance and heart disease. Dr. Patrick McNulty, Chief of Cardiology, discusses recent research into cardiovascular disease.

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    • Chief of Surgery Dr. Nicholas Hellenthal on Bladder Cancer

      April 20, 2016

      People’s risk for bladder cancer rises with age, particularly among men and among smokers. Listen to Chief of Surgery Dr. Nicholas Hellenthal discuss who is at risk, diagnosis and prognosis

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      A Medical Practitioner's Weight Loss Journey

      March 29, 2016

      Bassett - Herkimer primary care provider Tim Cristman counsels patients fighting obesity from a position of experience. He underwent weight loss surgery in 2006, lost 120 pounds and gained his health and quality of life back.

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      Boost Your Immune System With Natural Remedies

      March 23, 2016

      Not all illness requires a prescription or even over the counter medication. Dr. Margaret Scandura specializes in integrative therapies and suggests some natural remedies for what ails us.

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    • Helping Women through Their Breast Cancer Journeys

      February 27, 2016

      Lisa Stahl met Dara Hotaling, RN, about three years ago when she had her first breast biopsy. Stahl reconnected with Hotaling in 2014 when another biopsy showed cancer. Through the nurse navigator program in the Women’s Imaging Center, Hotaling helped Stahl navigate through all the information, specialists and appointments that come with a diagnosis of breast cancer.

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      Fighting Heart Disease in Central New York

      February 19, 2016

      We can beat heart disease, but our best chance for success means an early start on healthy habits. Bassett’s Chief of Cardiology and president of the Greater Utica area board of the American Heart Association Dr. Patrick McNulty explains.

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      Savor Some Sorghum

      February 10, 2016

      Sorghum. Say it out loud, and it sounds like a complaint about dental pain. But it's actually a healthy whole grain that fits nicely into a gluten-free diet, spurring new popularity for the grain in this country.

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    • Bassett Honored for Supporting Those Who Serve

      January 30, 2016

      Bassett was honored recently for supporting those who serve. NYS Adjutant General presented Bassett with the Above and Beyond Award.

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      Bacterial vs. Viral & Antibiotics

      January 27, 2016

      It’s hard to see your child suffer through an illness; many parents ask their doctor to prescribe an antibiotic. But that’s not always the answer. Pediatrician Margaret Scandura, MD, explains.

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      Pain Free & Active Again

      January 27, 2016

      Patsy Soule of Cooperstown suffered excruciating hip pain that kept her from doing the things she loved. Anterior hip replacement gave Patsy her life back. Watch Patsy’s story.

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    • Kids With Pets Have Less Anxiety

      December 3, 2015

      Dr. Anne Gadomski, research scientist and pediatrician at Bassett Medical Center, authored a study on children, pets and anxiety that appears in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. Read about the study’s findings in this NBC News story:

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      Baby Teeth Matter

      November 18, 2015

      Bassett has integrated oral health education and the application of fluoride varnish into its pediatric clinics in Cooperstown and Oneonta. We know that oral health is critical to overall physical well-being and that dental caries can have a significant impact on long-term health. Many parents don't realize that problems that develop in baby teeth can have negative effects that last a lifetime.

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      Back On His Feet

      November 17, 2015

      Many diabetics suffer foot pain or neuropathy, not realizing they may be a candidate for a simple procedure that can provide enormous relief. Tarsal tunnel release eliminated Harley Edson’s diabetes-related foot pain.

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    • Neurosurgery Available Close to Home

      November 15, 2015

      Brain and spinal tumors are relatively rare. But if you or a loved one is ever diagnosed with a benign or malignant tumor, finding a skilled, experienced surgeon who can perform surgery with state-of-the-art technology is crucial. Equally essential-but often not thought of until after surgery - is the proximity of your surgeon and other rehabilitative services you may need.

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      Keep Kids Smiling & Healthy!

      October 13, 2015

      Research has proven that a healthy mouth is essential to a child’s overall well-being. In New York State and rural central New York, we know the incidence of dental pain and tooth decay is too high. A state survey of school children by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy found approximately 44% had experienced tooth decay by the third grade and about 22% had untreated tooth decay. If untreated, the consequences can be a painful infection that can lead to life-threatening conditions. Dr. Leah Carpenter, a dentist with Bassett’s school-based health program, offers some great tips and corrects some misconceptions about children’s dental care.

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      Dental Care in the School Makes Sense

      October 13, 2015

      Bassett’s school-based health – oral health program is the recipient of the 2015 Community Health Improvement Award from the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). Studies have proven oral health is critically important to a person’s overall health. It is especially important for children. That is why Bassett includes dental care as part of its school-based health program. Services include everything from cleanings and fluoride varnish to extractions and root canals and assistance finding a dentist and dental insurance. The services are provided in the school setting in partnership with primary medical and mental health staff at 19 school-based health centers, all at no out-of-pocket cost to patients.

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    • What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease

      October 13, 2015

      Joann Carey, a physician assistant in Bassett’s Convenient Care Center in Oneonta, says many people are coming in worried they may have been exposed to Lyme disease. In this video, she corrects some common misconceptions and provides some helpful tips. For additional information, on Lyme, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/faq/index.html

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      Pediatric Nutrition Q & A

      October 13, 2015

      Did you know environmental factors, such as maternal diet, could affect the behavior or expression of a developing baby’s genes? Did you know children should consume less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar daily (a soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar)? Are you up on the latest research relating to the basic food groups, “My Plate”? And, what about recent studies showing processed meat can significantly increase the risk of colon cancer? Family nurse practitioner Phoebe Reese answers readers’ questions.

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      A Smoother Recovery

      October 13, 2015

      A Bassett program helps patients bounce back quickly and with less discomfort after colorectal surgery. Only 12 hours after having part of his colon removed at Bassett Medical Center, Martin Bosworth enjoyed a sandwich. The Norwich resident is among a number of patients who have benefited from Bassett’s postsurgical early recovery process, a state-of-the-art healing practice for colorectal surgery. It reduces the body’s response to surgical stress, leading to fewer complications and shorter hospital stays.

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    • Ask Bassett - Adult and Pediatric Immunizations

      October 13, 2015

      There are a lot of misconceptions that exist today about vaccines and vaccine safety. Primary care provider Barbara Davies from Bassett's Andes Health Center recently addressed some questions from readers of The Daily Star.

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      A Dream Workshop with The New York City Ballet

      October 12, 2015

      If you are looking for an inspirational story, look no further than the NYC Ballet, Bassett's Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, a pediatric orthopedist, and the young people they worked with recently. Together, they discovered a new sense of freedom and movement in dance.

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      Learn Hands-Only CPR

      October 11, 2015

      When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Knowing how to perform CPR and starting it immediately is the best way to help someone who goes into cardiac arrest. Just 2 steps could save a life: 1) Call 9-1-1 and 2) Push hard and fast on the center of the chest.

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    • New Lease on Life through Weight Loss Surgery

      October 10, 2015

      Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, isn’t for everyone. But for the individual who has struggled with obesity and the chronic conditions it can lead to, weight loss surgery can provide a new lease on life. That was the case for Julie Cring of Cooperstown, who opted for LAP-BAND surgery.

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      Stereotactic Radiosurgery at Bassett

      October 9, 2015

      Bassett Medical Center offers stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) – a non-invasive form of radiation therapy used to treat tumors on the brain, spine and lungs. Despite its name, SRS is a non-surgical procedure that delivers precisely targeted radiation at higher doses than traditional radiation therapy. The result is fewer treatments, less damage to surrounding tissue and better outcomes.

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      Thanks for Fixing my Grampa

      October 8, 2015

      When a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm threatened Nathanial Foster Greene’s life, the team in the Cobleskill Regional Hospital Emergency Department and vascular surgeon Dr. Vitaliy Ignatovskyy and his team at Bassett Medical Center came together to save him. Greene has recovered and back to enjoying time with his granddaughter Elena.

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    • Making Veins Vanish

      October 6, 2015

      Are you bothered by spider and varicose veins? Sclerotherapy is a quick and painless procedure used to treat unsightly veins. It typically takes less than 30 minutes and patients can return to normal activity soon after the procedure.

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      Soul Survivor - Singer Sharon Jones beat pancreatic cancer at Bassett

      October 5, 2015

      Soul singer Sharon Jones is back on stage performing for her fans after beating pancreatic cancer. Read about her cancer diagnosis and journey through treatment to healing.

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    Network News

    • Dr. Karn Wijarnpreecha Receives E. Donnall Thomas Award for Outstanding Research at Bassett

      May 23, 2018

      A doctor completing his medical training at Bassett hopes the results of a recent study will enhance knowledge about nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease (NAFLD) and NAFLD-related advanced fibrosis (scarring) of the liver.

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      Bassett Hosting Summer Junior Volunteer Program

      May 21, 2018

      Know a teen looking for something fun and meaningful to do this summer? Bassett Medical Center is accepting applications to the Junior Volunteer Program, for students ages 14 to 17.

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      Dr. Lone Named Citizen of the Year by Sidney Chamber of Commerce

      May 14, 2018

      Dr. Riaz Lone has been selected as the 2018 Citizen of the Year by the Sidney Chamber of Commerce.

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    • Twenty-First Annual Bassett Medical Center Invitational to Tee Off

      May 10, 2018

      The twenty-first annual Bassett Medical Center Invitational tees off on Tuesday, May 29, at The Otesaga Resort Hotel's prestigious Leatherstocking Golf Course, proceeds of which will support Bassett initiatives across central New York.

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      Bassett's Drug Take-Back Efforts Paying Off

      May 8, 2018

      Bassett Healthcare Network is encouraging individuals to spring clean their medicine cabinets and get rid of unnecessary medications and people are overwhelmingly supporting the effort.

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      A.O. Fox Hospital Earns “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” Designation in HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index

      April 9, 2018

      A.O. Fox Hospital has been designated an “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC).

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    • Dr. Sellers MSSNY Treasurer

      March 29, 2018

      ​Joseph R. Sellers, MD, FAAP, FACP, took office as Treasurer at MSSNY’s 212th annual House of Delegates meeting in Buffalo on March 24, 2018. In this position, he will oversee the finances of the state’s primary professional organization for physicians. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Sellers sees patients in Bassett's Cobleskill primary care center and serves as Eastern Region Medical Director for  Bassett Healthcare Network.

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      Bassett Healthcare Network Offers Free Workshops on Living Well with Diabetes to its Patients

      March 26, 2018

      Living Well with Diabetes is a free interactive seven-week workshop series for Bassett Healthcare Network patients living with diabetes. The program is free, although registration is required.

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      Bassett's Weight-Loss Surgery Program Receives Blue Distinction Center Designation from Excellus BCBS

      March 21, 2018

      Bassett Medical Center’s surgical weight-loss program was recently designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

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    • Bassett Healthcare Network Announces Transition in Network Leadership

      March 19, 2018

      Ralph H. Meyer, chairman of the Bassett Healthcare Network Board of Directors, announced today that William F. Streck, MD, will return to the organization to assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bassett Healthcare Network. The announcement follows the decision by current Bassett Healthcare Network CEO Vance M. Brown, MD, to step down effective April 20, 2018, in order to pursue opportunities outside of Bassett.

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      A Snowstorm, Appendicitis and the Team at Cobleskill Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department

      March 19, 2018

      With snowfall rates of up to and inch per hour, Kara Foster of Delanson, NY, and her husband, Mike, had just a bit of trepidation as they climbed in their truck during an early March snowstorm and headed for the emergency department (ED) at Cobleskill Regional Hospital.

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      Bassett Heart Care Institute Welcomes New Chief of Cardiovascular Services

      March 5, 2018

      Mun K. Hong, MD, FACC, a nationally recognized interventional cardiologist, has joined Bassett Healthcare Network as Chief of Cardiovascular Services. Hong comes to Bassett after three years as chairman of the Department of Cardiology at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and prior to that, he was director of the cardiac catheterization lab and interventional cardiology at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan. Hong also spent seven years as director of cardiovascular intervention and research at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell Campus in New York City.

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    • Sports Medicine Specialist Joins Bassett Medical Group

      March 1, 2018

      Kristen Herbst, DO, who is board-certified in orthopedic surgery, has joined Bassett Healthcare Network. She specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopy and shoulder surgery, including total shoulder replacement.

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      Robotic Surgery – New, Advanced Treatment for Colon Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis and More

      February 26, 2018

      Millions of people in this country suffer from inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s or colitis, both of which may increase a person’s risk of colon cancer. Bassett Healthcare Network colorectal surgeons are now performing one of the most advanced treatments for these conditions – robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery – at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

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      Bassett Valentine's Soiree Raises $160,000 to Support New Operating Room

      February 14, 2018

      More than 400 guests joined the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network at the second Valentine’s Soiree. The event raised $160,000 in support of the addition of a new state-of-the-art operating room at Bassett Medical Center that will enable talented surgical teams to accommodate more complex cases, perform new, minimally invasive procedures and give patients quicker recovery times. The live auction and raffles contributed more than $20,000 of the total proceeds. The Otesaga Hotel hosted the event, while DJ Sound FX provided entertainment throughout the night. New England Dueling Pianos took song requests from guests, sang, and played on their two grand pianos while audience members clapped and participated from the floor.

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    • Bassett Medical Center Receives $8 Million Grant from Scriven Foundation

      February 9, 2018

      Dr. William LeCates, acting president of Bassett Medical Center, announced today that Bassett has received an $8 million dollar grant from the Scriven Foundation. The funds will be used to support upgrades to patient care equipment on the Cooperstown campus and throughout Bassett Medical Center’s service area.

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      Bassett Healthcare Network Participates in Drug Take-Back Program Among Five Hospitals in NYS Participating in Pilot

      February 7, 2018

      New York — Today, five hospitals serving rural New York State began collecting leftover pharmaceuticals from the public free of charge through July 2018. Locally, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and O’ Connor Hospital in Delhi are participating in this pilot program developed by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) and the New York Product Stewardship Council (NYPSC). In addition, FoxCare Pharmacy in Oneonta will also begin collecting unused medications free of charge.

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      Bassett Medical Center Recognized for Higher Quality in Maternity Care

      February 6, 2018

      Bassett Medical Center's maternity program recently received Excellus' Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

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    • Bassett’s Save a Life Campaign

      February 5, 2018

      Cooperstown, NY – Bassett Healthcare Network’s nearly 4,000 employees had the opportunity Friday, Feb. 5, to hear the impactful story of a doctor who two years ago found himself in the position of performing CPR on his own daughter. That doctor, Derek Ratliff, an ophthalmologist at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, and his daughter Kristin, shared their story in the hopes of saving more lives. Their powerful experience played out in a video (watch the video) during Bassett’s annual Go Red for Women program and was followed by demonstrations of hands-only CPR and the proper use of an AED (automated external defibrillator).

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      FoxCare Center Experiencing Phone & Internet Outage

      February 2, 2018

      FoxCare Center on Route 7 in Oneonta is experiencing phone and internet outage issues. All patients who have scheduled appointments at health clinics at FoxCare are encouraged to call their provider’s office. If you are unable to reach your provider’s office, please call 607-432-2000. FoxNow, Laboratory, and Medical Imaging are unable to accept walk-ins at this time. We will continue to update you as we work to resolve the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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      O’Connor Hospital Awarded Hospital Accreditation from the Joint Commission

      January 25, 2018

      O’Connor Hospital (OCH), part of the Bassett Healthcare Network, recently announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

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    • Friends of Bassett Hosting Valentine's Soiree to Support New Operating Room

      January 15, 2018

      The Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network will hold its second annual Valentine’s Soirée, in celebration of love and friendship, Saturday evening, Feb. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. Proceeds from this year’s Soirée will support the addition of a new state-of-the-art operating room (OR) at Bassett Medical Center. The new OR will enable Bassett’s surgical teams to accommodate more complex cases, perform new, minimally-invasive procedures and give patients quicker recovery times. This festive event will feature great food, wonderful beverages, music, dancing, a dueling piano show and our famous live auction. Help us to honor special guests Gerry and Regina Miller.

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      Bassett Pediatrician Creates State’s First Rural Pediatric Registry to Study Health Outcomes among Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth

      January 2, 2018

      “There is not a lot of evidence to help inform clinical care of transgender and gender nonconforming youth, particularly for rural areas,” explains Anne Gadomski, MD, pediatrician and director of the Bassett Research Institute in Cooperstown, NY. Gadomski was recently recognized by the NYS Department of Health for her work in support of gender wellness; she received the Worlds AIDS Day NY Commissioner’s Special Recognition award for establishing New York State’s first rural pediatric registry for transgender and gender nonconforming youth. It is also believed to be the country’s first rural-based registry for transgender youth.

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      First baby of New Year born at the Bassett Birthing Center continues to capture the attention of central New York

      January 2, 2018

      The Bassett Birthing Center in Cooperstown welcomed its first baby of 2018 shortly after the ball dropped in Time Square to ring in the New Year. Baby Isabella Marjorie made her debut at 1:21 a.m. on Jan. 1, and arrived at a healthy 8lbs 3oz, 19 inches long.

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    • Bassett Healthcare Network & Bassett Medical Center Boards Appoint New Chairs

      December 29, 2017

      The Bassett Healthcare Network Board of Directors and the Bassett Medical Center Board of Trustees have appointed new board chairs to take over effective Jan 1, 2018. Ralph H. Meyer, LFACHE, past President and CEO of Guthrie Healthcare System from 1982-1998, will take over as chairman of the Bassett Healthcare Network Board of Directors, and Terry Fulmer, Ph.D, RN, FAAN, President of The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City and previously vice chair of the Bassett Medical Center Board of Trustees, will take over as medical center board chair Jan. 1.

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      Bassett Healthcare Network partner At Home Care Awarded Home Care Accreditation from The Joint Commission

      December 28, 2017

      ​​​​​​​At Home Care Inc. (AHC), a part of Bassett Healthcare Network, announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards, and, as such, is the only Joint Commission-accredited home health agency in the region. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care to the patients they serve.

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      1,000th Baby Born in 2017 at Bassett Medical Center’s Birthing Center

      December 23, 2017

      ​​​​​​​Baby no. 1,000 for 2017 was born Dec. 19 at 3:57 a.m. at Bassett Medical Center, making it a very exciting day for Paula Waffle and Eric Johnson of Brookfield and their family, as well as for Bassett’s birthing center family! 

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    • Modified Visitation Policy at Bassett Birthing Center is in effect at BMC

      December 19, 2017

      With flu season upon us, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown is modifying its visitation policy at the Bassett Birthing Center and on the hospital’s pediatric unit. While influenza season is underway, only the birthing coach, parents, grandparents and siblings of the baby or pediatric patient may visit, as long as they are healthy.

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      Little Falls Hospital Receives Empire State Development Award

      December 16, 2017

      Little Falls Hospital’s goal of developing a new primary care health center in Dolgeville is one big step closer to becoming a reality. On Dec. 13, when Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the 2017 Regional Economic Development Council Awards, Little Falls Hospital (LFH), a part of Bassett Healthcare Network, was awarded support from New York State. The hospital is slated to receive $480,000 from Empire State Development (ESD) for the relocation, design and construction of the new health center located in Dolgeville, NY. The funds will help offset the significant investment that will be needed to make the Dolgeville health center a reality.

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      Bassett Dialysis Centers’ Patient Outcomes Earn Top Tier Quality Rankings

      December 6, 2017

      For people with kidney failure, dialysis treatment replaces the kidney’s function of cleaning the blood of toxins and removing extra fluids. It is a process that typically takes a few to several hours and the type of vascular access used for the treatment to occur is critically important to patient outcomes.

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    • Tri-Town Regional Hospital to Become Emergency Department of A.O. Fox Hospital Jan. 1

      December 6, 2017

      On January 1, 2018, Tri-Town Regional Hospital (TRH) in Sidney will become a satellite emergency department of A.O. Fox Hospital. The facility will be newly named A.O. Fox Hospital – Tri-Town Campus. Services will not be impacted by this transition. Both locations will continue to be part of the Bassett Healthcare Network.

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      Valley Residential Services is Expanding

      December 5, 2017

      Valley Residential Services’ celebrated the groundbreaking of an expansion of their facilities in Herkimer on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The expansion will provide 14 one-bedroom apartments, all large enough for couples, as well as a new fully staffed wellness and fitness center for use by all residents of Valley Residential Services.

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      Bassett’s School-Based Health Centers Receive Designation as Patient-Centered Medical Homes by National Accrediting Board

      November 28, 2017

      Bassett’s 20 school-based health (SBH) centers recently received accreditation as Level 3 patient-centered medical homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Bassett’s SBH program is one of only a few programs nationally to successfully apply for and receive this designation for each of its centers. The NCQA recognition provides ongoing credibility for SBH centers as being primary health-care centers for students enrolled in Bassett’s SBH program and mirrors the medical home model in place at Bassett’s primary care centers throughout its eight-county service area.

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    • In Support of a Healthier Community

      November 27, 2017

      Since first launching the program five years ago, Bassett Healthcare Network has been an advocate for the 5-2-1-0 healthy IMG_9292.jpglifestyles campaign as part of our mission to support healthier communities. The program focuses on highlighting key initiatives for a healthy lifestyle that are easy to remember and highly effective. The “5” stands for 5 fruits and vegetables a day, the “2” for two hours or less of recreational screen time, “1” for at least an hour of physical activity, and “0” for cutting out sugary drinks. Bassett advocates for the program in a variety of ways including within our School-Based Health Program; however, Cobleskill Regional Hospital has taken its mission one step further, eliminating sugary drinks from its cafeteria.

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      Great American Smokeout 2017

      November 9, 2017

      Bassett Healthcare Network is recognizing the annual Great American Smokeout, coordinated by the American Cancer Society, by hosting informational seminars for our communities. The Smokeout on Nov. 16 is a day earmarked for smokers to quit so they can focus on one day at a time. Bassett is hosting open-to-the-public, free seminars throughout the network during the week of Nov. 15 – 17. These seminars will introduce those trying to quit smoking to products and techniques to help them quit, as well as provide them with support.

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      Separation of Leadership Roles for Bassett Healthcare Network & Bassett Medical Center

      November 3, 2017

      Vance M. Brown, MD, announced Friday, Nov. 3, that he is stepping down as President of Bassett Medical Center (BMC), but will remain Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bassett Healthcare Network (BHN). William LeCates, MD, currently medical director and VP of Medical Affairs for BMC, has agreed to step in as Deputy President of Bassett Medical Center while a transition team works to develop a plan of succession.

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    • Cobleskill Regional Hospital to Hold Mass Casualty Drill Nov. 4

      October 31, 2017

      Cobleskill Regional Hospital, a part of Bassett Healthcare Network, in collaboration with local emergency preparedness service providers, will host a mass casualty drill Saturday, Nov. 4. The drill will begin at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds at 9 a.m. and move to Cobleskill Regional Hospital. Law enforcement will manage traffic during the drill, which is expected to be complete by noon on Saturday.

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      Osteoporosis is a Concern for Many Seniors

      October 30, 2017

      54 million Americans have osteoporosis and low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) says approximately one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis. A fracture sustained in one’s senior years can be life changing.

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      Bassett Team Travels to Zambia; Trains Surgeons in Advanced Surgical Technique

      October 19, 2017

      Four surgeons from Bassett Medical Center recently returned from a trip to southern Africa where they trained a group of surgeons there how to perform abdominal laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery. The surgeons they trained will extend the reach of the Bassett project by training fellow African doctors in this more advanced surgical technique, which is expected to result in expanded access to this type of surgery for the poor, shorter hospital stays and better outcomes.

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    • Free Senior Resource Fair at Bassett Medical Center Cooperstown, NY

      October 17, 2017

      The needs of seniors in Otsego County are significant, and yet help can sometimes be difficult to access easily in this largely rural county. For that reason, Bassett Medical Center is again holding a Senior Resource Fair Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Clinic building on River Street in Cooperstown. Admission is free. The intent is simply to connect seniors with the resources they may need.

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      Fifth Annual Bassett Cupola 5K Wrap-Up

      October 16, 2017

      On Saturday, Oct. 7, 142 runners and walkers participated in the fifth annual Bassett Cupola 5K, which, this year, supports the Fieldstone Assistance Fund.

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      2017-2018 Flu Vaccine Clinics

      October 12, 2017

      It's time to get your flu shot! The 2017-2018 flu vaccine is now available to our patients. Find a location near you.

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    • O'Connor Hospital Hosts a Stroll with Scott

      October 6, 2017

      O’Connor Hospital officially opened its fitness trail to the community with a Stroll with Scott on Friday, October 6th. Scott Bonderoff, President at O’Connor Hospital started the half mile stroll with a ribbon cutting on the newly completed fitness trail. Joining Scott, on a stroll, were hospital board members, employees, & fitness trail sponsors.

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      Bassett’s Jose Raul Monzon, MD, Honored with 2017 Walter A. Franck Physician Excellence Award

      September 20, 2017

      Attending Surgeon Jose Raul Monzon, MD, is the most recent recipient of Bassett Healthcare Network’s most prestigious recognition for a physician, the Walter A. Franck Physician Excellence Award. The award was established to honor rheumatologist Walter A. Franck, MD, who retired from Bassett in 2014 after more than four distinguished decades of service. The award recognizes a physician who emulates the lifelong career traits of Dr. Franck - service to patients, students, colleagues and the community.

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      A.O. Fox Hospital Honoring Nurses for Extraordinary Care

      September 19, 2017

      A.O. Fox Hospital, an affiliate of Bassett Healthcare Network, is proud to announce its recent partnership with the DAISY Foundation, a not-for-profit that cooperates with health care organizations worldwide to honor nurses who demonstrate extraordinary care.

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    • O'Connor Hospital to Host Community Flu Clinic and Pharmacy Open House

      September 8, 2017

      O’Connor Hospital will host its annual community influenza clinic on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. – noon. No appointment is necessary to receive the immunization; however those looking to participate should register at the hospital’s main registration desk in the front lobby on that day from 8 a.m. – noon.

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      Bassett Hosts Blood Drive Sept. 16

      September 7, 2017

      American Red Cross blood drive at Bassett Medical Center. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.

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      Bassett Healthcare Network Offers Free Workshops on Living Well with a Chronic Condition to its Patients

      September 6, 2017

      Living Well with a Chronic Condition is a free interactive seven-week workshop series for Bassett Healthcare Network patients living with diabetes, breathing problems, depression, anxiety, heart conditions and arthritis. Receive a $40 grocery store gift card for attending four of the first six sessions and another $10 gift card for attending session seven!

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    • Bassett Begins Community Conversation about Proposed Plans for a Parking Garage

      September 1, 2017

      Bassett Medical Center executives held a meeting this week to begin a conversation with neighbors of the hospital campus and Village of Cooperstown leaders about draft plans for a construction project aimed at alleviating a long-standing parking shortage. The plans being considered would also create additional education and clinical space for Bassett Medical Center, a hospital with teaching and research missions in addition to patient care.

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      A.O. Fox Hospital Acquires Ultraviolet Light Technology to Enhance Operating Room Disinfection Practices

      August 7, 2017

      A.O. Fox Hospital has acquired ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection technology to UV Light Technology.jpgsupplement its methods for sanitizing surgical areas. The portable lamp, which uses UV light to kill bacteria, will intensify Fox’s sterilization protocols and increase efficiency for staff.

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      Bassett Earns Statewide Award for Quality and Safety

      June 27, 2017

      A year ago, Bassett Medical Center launched an aggressive andIMG_5965.jpg comprehensive program to improve the management and outcomes of patients with diabetes and high blood pressure, thereby enhancing patients’ quality of life. Project teams comprised of key stakeholders from across clinical and non-clinical areas came together to analyze current practices, identify opportunities for improvement and develop evidence-based protocols to effect positive change.

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    • Bassett Medical Center Appoints Vice President of Medical Affairs

      June 21, 2017

      Dr. William LeCates has been appointed Vice President of Medical Affairs for Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY. This role is in addition to his responsibilities as the hospital’s medical director, a position he has held since 2011. As VP of Medical Affairs, LeCates will have oversight of care management and clinical excellence, which includes the areas of quality management, clinical effectiveness, infection control, risk management, accreditation and regulatory readiness.

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      Chief Operating Officer Appointed for Bassett Medical Center

      June 13, 2017

      Ronette Wiley, RN, BS, MHSA, CPPS, has been appointed Executive Vice President (VP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Bassett Medical Center. Wiley previously served as VP of Performance Improvement and Care Coordination and Chief Compliance Officer at Bassett Medical Center since 2008. She also served as interim administrator for hospital operations from 2015-2016 while the search was conducted for a Chief Operating Officer of Bassett Healthcare Network.

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      Back on the Road Saving Lives - Bassett’s Mobile Medical Coach Making Rounds

      June 12, 2017

      After more than a year hiatus, Bassett Healthcare Network’s mobile mammography and cancer screening program is back on the road. Bassett invested in a newer generation RV-type medical coach equipped with high-tech diagnostic technology; the coach, manufactured by Medical Coaches, Inc., in Oneonta, is traveling throughout the network’s eight-county service region and adjacent counties to bring breast and cervical cancer screening services to convenient locations for the population Bassett serves. Early diagnosis of cancer means greater chance of survival.

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    • Bassett Medical Center's 20th Invitational Raises $100,000 for Annual Fund

      June 5, 2017

      The 20th annual KeyBank Bassett Medical Center Invitational took place May 30, with the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network hosting the tournament at The Otesaga Hotel’s challenging par-72 Leatherstocking Golf Course. The generosity of Invitational sponsors, golfers and guests enabled the Friends to raise more than $100,000. New proceeds will support the Friends’ Annual Fund, which strengthens Bassett Healthcare Network’s regional initiatives across its eight-county service area.

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      Bassett Hosting Summer Junior Volunteer Program

      May 26, 2017

      Do you know a teen who might be looking for something fun and meaningful to do this summer? If so, Bassett Medical Center is now accepting applications to the Junior Volunteer Program, for students ages 14 to 17. Students will gain useful work experience and learn about some of the services provided at the hospital and become an important part of the health care team helping others.

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      Sierra Kitson and Maria Noto Awarded Bassett Youth Foundation Scholarships

      May 23, 2017

      Cooperstown High School seniors Sierra Kitson and Maria Noto were recently each awarded a $500 scholarship by the Charles H. Bassett Youth Foundation, in partnership with The Community Foundation for South Central New York. The students received their scholarships in a brief ceremony at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown May 17.

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    • Dr. Umair Iqbal Receives E. Donnall Thomas Award for Outstanding Research at Bassett

      May 22, 2017

      A doctor completing his medical training at Bassett hopes the results of a recent research study project will help save lives. Dr. Umair Iqbal conducted research exploring patients who suffer from fainting after a sudden drop in blood pressure and a potential diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism (a blockage in the lungs caused by a blood clot that has traveled from another part of the body, which is often fatal).

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      Bassett Surgeons Now Offering Robot-Guided Partial Knee Replacement at A.O. Fox Hospital

      May 16, 2017

      Less pain and quicker recovery are among the benefits of robot-guided partial knee replacement and this new, innovative procedure was performed for the first time at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, NY, earlier this month. Dr. Michael Diaz, an orthopedic surgeon with the Bassett Medical Group, performed the area’s first partial knee replacement using the NAVIO surgical system.

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      25 Missions, 25 Countries: Tom Huntsman, MD, On Life-Changing Mission Work

      May 9, 2017

      Since 1993 and nearly every year since, Tom Huntsman, MD, division chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Bassett Medical Center, has traveled around the globe performing life-changing surgeries and procedures on impoverished children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have access to care. Through the Resurge (formerly known as Interplast) and Medical Missions for Children organizations, he has undertaken 25 mission trips to as many countries, from Vietnam to Russia to Mozambique, often in very remote areas, to serve others who are less fortunate. Huntsman is very passionate about this work and he is also humbled by it.

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    • Friends of Bassett Hosts 20th Bassett Medical Center Invitational

      May 9, 2017

      The 20th annual Bassett Medical Center Invitational tees off on Tuesday, May 30, at The Otesaga Resort Hotel’s prestigious Leatherstocking Golf Course. Proceeds generated by the tournament will support the work of the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network to strengthen Bassett initiatives across central New York.

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      A HealthySteps Program Begins at Bassett to Support Early Childhood Development

      May 9, 2017

      In pediatricians’ offices here in central New York and around the country, health providers see children who are impacted by a difficult home environment. Consider the following scenario: During a child’s pediatric visit it may come up that she has been having difficulty in school, fighting with classmates during recess and causing disruptions in class. She had been taken out of the home after witnessing a physical fight between her parents. Her father, who was drunk, had thrown her mother, who is pregnant, up against a wall. A restraining order was placed against him and the child has not seen her father for a period of time.

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      Patients Benefit from Transition to a Single Network-Wide Electronic Health Record

      May 2, 2017

      A.O. Fox Hospital has adopted a new electronic health record (EHR), the same system in place at all other Bassett Healthcare Network locations. All six hospitals in the Bassett Healthcare Network as well as the outpatient health centers across the network’s eight-county service region are now connected electronically. This powerful electronic health record brings patients’ health information into a consolidated Bassett Healthcare Network medical record, so patients have one record across the health system. The end result is improved care coordination, health care delivery, medication safety and an enhanced patient experience.

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    • Bassett Offers Free Living Well with High Blood Pressure Workshops

      April 27, 2017

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that 29 percent of American adults have high blood pressure—that’s 1 of every 3 adults—and only about half of those have their condition under control. But thanks to a new program, Living Well with High Blood Pressure, Bassett Healthcare Network patients in Otsego, Herkimer, Madison and Chenango counties have access to an evidence-based self-management program to support a decision to be a more active manager of this chronic health condition. Living Well with High Blood Pressure is a free workshop for people who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure but want to understand its causes, the importance of taking medications correctly and about the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan. Discover and learn with a group of your peers practical ways, tips and techniques, to help you manage high blood pressure. Call today to sign up and take control of your high blood pressure, instead of letting it control you.

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      Bassett Offers Free Living Well with Diabetes Sessions in Madison County

      April 12, 2017

      Statistics indicate that many of us are living with diabetes—9.5 percent of adults in Madison County. But thanks to a new program, Living Well with Diabetes, Bassett Healthcare Network patients in Madison County have access to a national evidence-based self-management program to support a decision to be a more active manager of this chronic health condition. Living Well with Diabetes is a free, seven-week workshop series for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes but want to learn how to manage some of the challenges of living with diabetes, such as insomnia, weight gain and planning for meals. Discover and learn with a group of your peers practical ways, tips and techniques, to help you live well with diabetes. Call today to sign up and take control of your diabetes, instead of letting it control you.

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      Bassett Offers Free Living Well with Diabetes Sessions in Chenango County

      April 12, 2017

      Statistics indicate that many of us are living with diabetes—10.4 percent of adults in Chenango County. But thanks to a new program, Living Well with Diabetes, Bassett Healthcare Network patients in Chenango County have access to a national evidence-based self-management program to support a decision to be a more active manager of this chronic health condition. Living Well with Diabetes is a free, seven-week workshop series for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes but want to learn how to manage some of the challenges of living with diabetes, such as insomnia, weight gain and planning for meals. Discover and learn with a group of your peers practical ways, tips and techniques, to help you live well with diabetes. Call today to sign up and take control of your diabetes, instead of letting it control you.

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    • Bassett Offers Free Living Well with Diabetes Sessions in Herkimer and Otsego County

      April 6, 2017

      Statistics indicate that many of us are living with diabetes—14 percent of adults in Herkimer County and 10 percent of adults in Otsego County. But thanks to a new program, Living Well with Diabetes, Bassett Healthcare Network patients in Herkimer, Little Falls, Richfield Springs, and Cherry Valley have access to a national evidence-based self-management program to support a decision to be a more active manager of this chronic health condition. Living Well with Diabetes is a free, seven-week workshop series for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes but want to learn how to manage some of the challenges of living with diabetes, such as insomnia, weight gain and planning for meals. Discover and learn with a group of your peers practical ways, tips and techniques, to help you live well with diabetes. Call today to sign up and take control of your diabetes, instead of letting it control you.

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      Bassett Medical Center Partners with Center for Donation and Transplant to Honor Organ & Tissue Donors, Celebrate Donate Life Month

      March 31, 2017

      Bassett Medical Center will participate in month-long activities to celebrate National Donate Life Month, a celebration held throughout the month of April that showcases the lifesaving benefits of organ and tissue donation and encourages New Yorkers to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Donor Registry.

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      Bassett Healthcare Network Will Publish "Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York: 200 Years of Health Care in Rural America" by John S. Davis, MD

      March 29, 2017

      Bassett Healthcare Network, with support from the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network, will release an illustrated history of the institution entitled “Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York: 200 Years of Health Care in Rural America”early this summer.

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    • CNY Heroin & Opioid Key Stakeholder Summit: A Call to Action

      March 16, 2017

      Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners (LCHP), in collaboration with New York State Senator James Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) and Bassett Healthcare Network, staged a Heroin and Opioid Summit for key stakeholders in the region, Thursday, March 16 at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. The event brought together individuals, organizations, agencies and others with the ability to influence positive change in regard to the public health impacts of the heroin and opioid crisis.

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      No New Inpatient Psychiatry Admissions Due to Flu Cases

      March 1, 2017

      Effective immediately and in an effort to help curb the spread of influenza in the inpatient psychiatric unit, Bassett Medical Center is not accepting new psychiatric admissions. There are currently two confirmed cases of influenza and one suspected case among 11 patients.

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      Bassett's Valentine's Soiree Raises $150,000

      February 21, 2017

      “More than 400 guests joined the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network at the first Valentine’s Soiree. The event raised nearly $150,000 in support of the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) John May Farm Safety Fund. (http://www.nycamh.org/programs/john-may-farm-safety-fund/)

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    • President of O’Connor Hospital Named

      February 18, 2017

      The Bassett Healthcare Network Board of Directors and O’Connor Hospital Board of Trustees announce the appointment of Scott Bonderoff, MBA, CMPE, as President of O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, NY, to succeed Dr. Carlton Rule who is leaving O’Connor and Bassett Healthcare Network the end of this month. Bonderoff has been with Bassett Healthcare since 2001 and Vice President of Patient Services and Ancillary Support at Bassett Medical Center since 2010. He was chosen from among a dozen internal and external candidates the selection committee considered during its search over the last several weeks.

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      Tri-Town Regional Hospital Evolving

      January 25, 2017

      A certificate of need (CON) has been submitted to the New York State Department of Health (DOH) to make Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney, NY, a satellite emergency department (ED) under the leadership of A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta. Both hospitals are part of Bassett Healthcare Network. If the CON is approved by DOH, the conversion to a satellite ED model would take effect in the third quarter of 2017.

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      Influenza Season Declared in NYS Bassett Medical Center Modifies Birthing Center Visitation Guidelines

      January 11, 2017

      With flu season upon us, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown is modifying its visitation policy at the Bassett Birthing Center and on the hospital’s pediatric unit. While influenza season is underway, only the birthing coach, parents, grandparents and siblings of the baby or pediatric patient may visit, as long as they are healthy.

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    • Bassett's School-Based Health Program Earns Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award

      January 6, 2017

      Bassett’s school-based health program has been granted a $4,000 Community Health Award by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. The award will fund the purchase of cleanable and single-use toys that form a crucial part of mental health therapy in school-based health.

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