Newlyweds Gift Wedding Flowers to Hospital Patients

December 7, 2016

Ruckerts and flowers 12.4.16_edited-1.jpgAnna Politano and Tad Ruckert of Rochester, NY, were married at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown Saturday, Dec. 3. The next day, before heading north to Canada for a few days to celebrate their marriage, they collected the flower arrangements from their wedding and delivered them to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown to be given to patients.

Ruckert, a third generation obstetrician and gynecologist in his family’s Rochester medical practice, said, “I know from being around a hospital environment that the holiday time frame can be particularly difficult on patients, especially if they expected to be home for the holiday season. Anything we can do to make the day brighter for them while they’re in the hospital we’d like to do. Hopefully this helps put a smile on some patients’ faces, at least for the holiday.”

The newlyweds delivered nearly two dozen French bouquets from Renaissance Floral Designs containing white roses and ranunculus to the hospital the day after their wedding. The flowers lit up the faces of patients as the bouquets were distributed on the inpatient floors, eliciting exclamations such as, “They’re beautiful!” and “This is wonderful, thank you so much.”

Laurie Murphy, team leader of hospital guest services, said, “We are so grateful to Tad and Anna. It was such a thoughtful thing to do and well received by our patients. The flowers bring beauty and some happiness into a setting that can be quite difficult for individuals who are hospitalized for treatment of a medical condition.”

Ruckert is familiar with Bassett Medical Center having done his cardiology rotation at the Cooperstown hospital in his fourth year of medical school. In addition, his father, G. Theodore Ruckert IV, completed an internship at Bassett in the late 1960s and is vice president of the Bassett Medical Alumni Association. Ruckert’s wife Anna also has connections to Bassett; her mother, Denine Jacob, is director of compensation and benefits for the hospital.

About Bassett Healthcare Network

Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health care system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes six corporately affiliated hospitals, as well as skilled nursing facilities, health centers and health partners in related fields.

Bassett Medical Center, the foundation of the network, is a 180-bed acute care inpatient teaching facility in Cooperstown, New York, employing 3,000 people. The medical center offers a broad range of specialty care and maintains a strong academic program through its affiliation with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Bassett was formally established as a medical school campus of Columbia P&S in 2009. Learn more at

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