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Cooperstown, NY – Bassett Healthcare Network, Hartwick College, and SUNY Oneonta gathered on September 13 to inaugurate a groundbreaking workforce development partnership aimed at retaining new graduates in the region and addressing critical workforce shortages across Bassett’s network. The signing ceremony took place at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta.

Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, Alberto Cardelle, & Darren Reisberg

Bassett CARES stands for Bassett Career Advancement and Retention Experience for Students. Annually, up to 50 recent graduates of Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta who graduate with a bachelor’s degree or greater and work in a full-time role at Bassett Healthcare Network can qualify for a loan re-payment stipend while embarking on a career in healthcare. Bassett CARES is open to graduates from all disciplines, not only healthcare programs.

The program aims to support and retain recent graduates with a loan repayment stipend for service worked. Program participants may earn up to $25,000 in loan repayment stipends. For every six months worked in a full-time role, participants will receive $5,000 as a loan repayment stipend.

Working closely with Bassett, the program will expose current SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College students to various career pathways in healthcare through internships, professional development seminars, and additional educational opportunities.

Educational partners will offer free or subsidized on-campus housing in the summer for matriculated students who are working for Bassett Healthcare Network during the summer months. SUNY Oneonta also plans to provide bridge housing for recent graduates for the summer directly following their graduation to ease the transition to professional life at Bassett.

“It’s a privilege to be here today with our colleagues from SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College to inaugurate a program that will profoundly influence healthcare in our region,” said Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network.

“At Bassett, our mission is to improve the health of our patients and the well-being of our communities. Building this partnership with SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College to support pathways to careers in healthcare at Bassett is a giant step in our commitment to caring for people who reside in our Central New York region and beyond,” continues Dr. Ibrahim.

“Bassett CARES embodies the spirit of collaboration, recognizing that together, we can make a transformative impact on our region,” said Hartwick College President Darren Reisberg. “Through the partnership, our students will gain exposure to the many different career opportunities in healthcare, from direct patient care to administrative roles, and help them choose a path that is both rewarding and fulfilling.”

“Bassett CARES is a testament to the ideal that strong partnerships between anchor institutions are a solution to addressing critical workforce needs,” said SUNY Oneonta President Alberto Cardelle. “Partnerships like this not only address workforce shortages but create an educational ecosystem that provides students with valuable educational and career opportunities.”

Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, Alberto Cardelle, & Darren Reisberg signing the partnership agreement

Also in attendance were Senator Peter Oberacker (R/C-Schenevus) and Assemblyman Brian Miller (R/C – New Hartford) along with executive leaders from Bassett Healthcare Network, Hartwick College, and SUNY Oneonta.

Senator Peter Oberacker (R/C-Schenevus)

“As New York continues to lose population to other states it is critical that we implement inventive strategies to keep our best resource – our people – from moving away,” said Senator Peter Oberacker (R/C-Schenevus).“Bassett CARES will help restock our healthcare workforce while ensuring that the highly skilled students graduating from Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta are here to stay with an excellent career path to follow. This is another example of what can be done when local stakeholders work together and will certainly translate to lasting benefits for our region. My congratulations to Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network along with our always forward-thinking college leaders, SUNY Oneonta President Dr. Alberto Cardelle and Hartwick College President Darren Reisberg and their teams for spearheading this innovative program.”

Assemblyman Brian Miller (R/C – New Hartford)

“This innovative partnership between Bassett Healthcare Network, Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta is forging an example that will reshape healthcare in the Basset Network,” said Assemblyman Brian Miller. “The community as a whole will benefit from the public and private educational institutions working together with a premier healthcare institution, and also provide a cohesive affordable pathway for students to enter the workforce. I applaud all three institutions for this collaborative agreement that will directly help to address a critical healthcare workforce crisis for the betterment of all.”



About Bassett Healthcare Network

Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, more than 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Bassett Healthcare Network is an equal opportunity provider and employer.