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Cooperstown, NY – A.O. Fox Hospital and Bassett Healthcare Network announced today that they have begun conversations with the Oneonta Family YMCA to explore a potential collaboration at FoxCare Fitness.

“Since the recent announcement that our health system will no longer continue operating a membership-based public fitness facility at the FoxCare Center, I have heard from many of you about how important this facility is to you and the community,” says Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “I am excited about this opportunity to work together with the YMCA and explore the possibility of sustaining some level of public availability to the wonderful facility at FoxCare Fitness.”

At this time, the two organizations are in the early stages of exploring opportunities to align their respective strengths and expertise to collaborate on projects and initiatives, including at the FoxCare Fitness site, that benefit the community.

“Like Bassett Healthcare Network and A.O. Fox Hospital, the Oneonta Family YMCA has been serving the community here for over 100 years,” says Frank Russo, Executive Director of the Oneonta Family YMCA. “We are happy for this opportunity to discuss with Bassett how we might be able to work together to expand our services that promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.”

“One of Bassett’s foundational strategies is to build partnerships with organizations, like the YMCA, that share our mission of improving the health and wellness of our communities,” shared Ibrahim. “This enables us to focus on our core competency – providing high quality care to our patients.”

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.

About Oneonta Family YMCA

Built by and for the community, The Oneonta Family YMCA has been an anchor institution since 1883. Since 1883 the Y has been a proactive community member by listening and responding to the needs of the community. Founded to serve this growing community and to bring about positive personal and social change, the Y continues to grow and thrive as a cause driven non-profit organization with the help of donors and volunteers that help strengthen the cause. To learn more about the Oneonta Family YMCA, visit www.oneontaymca.org.