Classes & Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

Bassett Medical Center, One Atwell Road, Cooperstown - Fieldstone Building (administration building) Second floor conference room - Every Friday 8 p.m. - C-D. Non-smoking. (There are other meetings throughout the week at Christ Episcopal Church and First Baptist Church in Cooperstown. A more complete listing can be obtained on the internet or at the Christ Church parish house, Fair St., Cooperstown.)

American Red Cross Blood Drives

To find out about the next blood drive being held at Bassett or to register for an appointment time to donate blood, and/or to select Bassett as the facility that you would like to donate on behalf of, click here.

Brain Injury Support Groups

This group meets once a month in the FoxCare Center, Classroom C, Rt. 7, Oneonta. This group was formed to meet the needs of head-injured people and their families, and is open to the public. For more information, please contact the Nursing office at 1-800-227-7388, ext. 3150.

Cooperstown Brain Injury Support Group, 6:30 p.m., Bassett Medical Center, second floor conference room. For information call 607-432-6364.

BLS, ACLS, & PALS Classes

Cancer Support at Bassett

The Ed Shultis Prostate Cancer Support Group meets at the Hannah Lee House, at the corner of Mill St. and Fernleigh Drive in Cooperstown, on Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Note: this group does not meet on a regular basis. Meetings are scheduled based upon the group’s needs and availability of speakers. For information, call Bob Parmerter at 607-638-9343. Find a Cancer Support Group near you.

Defensive Driving Course

Bassett Medical Center is a continuing sponsor of the National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course. People who complete the course are eligible for a 10 percent reduction of their automotive insurance costs for the next three years and a 4-point reduction from their DMV record. Bassett employees, volunteers, retirees and their immediate family members pay $35 for the course.

Classes are open to the general public; the fee is $45.

If a two-day schedule doesn't work for you, join us on a Saturday; one session and you're done.

All classes will be held in the Bassett Hall Auditorium. Pre-registration is recommended, please call 607-547-6690 to sign up and reserve a spot. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Diabetes Self-Management Training classes

Bassett Medical Center regularly offers a comprehensive program in diabetes self-management training and instruction for persons with diabetes who want to learn how to better self-manage their diabetes and decrease their risk of complications. Our certified diabetes educators include RNs, registered dietitians and an exercise physiologist. Small group classes enhance an individualized, goal-oriented approach to learning. The program follows American Diabetes Association guidelines. One full session (four classes) will be held. A physician referral and pre-registration is required. Call 607-547-3649 to register and for location. Click here to visit the Diabetes Management support page.

Diabetic Support Group

The O’Connor Hospital Diabetic Support Group goal is to make a difference in blood glucose control through food choices. Everyone needs to eat a variety of foods that contain the right amounts of carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. Our focus is how to include these in your daily routine and still keep your blood glucose levels near to normal to reduce or prevent the complications of diabetes. This includes teaching what carbohydrates, protein and fat are, what the sources are, how to eat and when, how exchange lists can be a learning tool, how to read food labels, medication use, how exercise affects your blood sugar, and how to avoid long term complications from diabetes. It is important to know that diabetes can be controlled with constant monitoring, using medications properly, maintaining and managing weight and routine exercise and good diet choices. The support group provides an opportunity for those dealing with diabetes to exchange ideas that may make a difference in their daily activities and set goals on how to control their blood sugar levels.

Diabetes affects 7% of the population of the United States, or 20.8 million people, including children and adults. Of this group only 14.6 million have been diagnosed, the rest have the condition but are currently untreated. In addition to these numbers, there are an estimated 54 million people that are pre-diabetic. Diabetes is a contributing factor for heart disease, stroke, hypertension, kidney disease and other chronic conditions.

We encourage our patients to work with their team of healthcare providers to help them realistically set goals and outcomes. Controlling diabetes is an ongoing activity, and you will need to find a level of exercise, food intake and medication that work well for you. This needs to be done with both medical intervention and personal efforts.

Our community is invited to attend class, held the third Monday of the month, September through May, at 10 am in the O’Connor Hospital Conference Room. As a leading healthcare provider in our community, this is one more way we can encourage good health as well as being a partner in your healthcare.

See all details for O'Connor Hospital classes.

Expectant Parent Classes

Breast-feeding workshop: A single two-hour class designed for families who are interested in breast-feeding. The class offers introductory information on why breast-feeding is the best way to feed your infant, how to get started, and how to overcome obstacles. For more information please call 607-547-3535. Register here.

Childbirth Preparation Class: Bassett offers an all-day class or a three-day course (all three classes must be attended) which offer expecting couples information and coping skills that encourage active participation in the labor and delivery process. Plan to take the childbirth education (CBE) class during the seventh and eighth month of your pregnancy. To reserve a space, please register by the fifth month of your pregnancy. Please call 1-800-BASSETT or 607-547-3535 for more information or register here.

Parenting Class: Now babies come with instructions! Join our expert Birthing Center registered nurses to learn about; what newborns look like, baby care, infant safety and much more. Classes are free. Register here.

Medical Coach Offers Digital Mammography Breast Cancer Screenings

Bassett’s new medical coach offers digital mammography, which takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer, allowing the recorded data to be enhanced, magnified, or manipulated for further evaluation. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. More than 40,000 women will die of the disease this year in the United States.

Women should check with their insurers to see if the tests are covered. Free and reduced-cost mammograms are available to income-eligible women through the Community Service Program.

FOR AN APPOINTMENT OR MORE INFORMATION: Call the Bassett Healthcare Network Mobile Mammography Program toll-free at 1-888-416-3409.

Kidney Dialysis & Transplant Support Group

Group meets at St. James Church, Chestnut St., Oneonta - Last Thursday of the month, 1:00 p.m. For more information, call Beth at 607-547-3873.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Meets in the O’Connor Hospital Board Room the second Thursday of each month from 12:30p.m. to 1:30p.m. Contact Pat Cleary or Kathy Scribani for more information at (607) 746-0300. See details for O'Connor Hospital classes.

Scleroderma Support Group

The Cooperstown Scleroderma Support Group meets on the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m.- Noon in the 2nd floor conference room, fieldstone building. Please call Betzi at 607-547-3527 for more information.

Stroke Support Group

The Stroke Support Group meets at Cobleskill Regional Hospital in the Morrissey Conference Room the first Wednesday of every month from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please call if you are attending for the first time. Winter: weather permitting. For more information, please call Ann Boland at 518-254-3207.

Smoking Cessation Support

Weight Loss Surgery General Support Group

If you are considering weight loss surgery at Bassett, you are required to attend a minimum of two support group meetings prior to surgery. In addition, you are encouraged to attend support group meetings both before and after surgery. Find a time and locations near you by following this link. Any person considering weight loss surgery and their supporters are welcome to attend.