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Dr. Curtis Mills

Cooperstown, NY – Bassett Healthcare Network announced today that Dr. Curtis Mills has received the Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award for Devotion of a Career in Internal Medicine to the Care of Patients from the American College of Physicians (ACP). The award is given annually to an outstanding practitioner of internal medicine whose career has been devoted to the care of patients. The practitioner must be a clinician who is highly respected by peers and colleagues for clinical skills and who has been a role model.

“Bassett Healthcare Network fosters the spirit of all of us privileged to work there, allowing us to accomplish our goals of wonderful, personal patient care. I am grateful to Bassett,” said Dr. Mills in recognition of his award.

Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network, said: “I extend my sincerest and heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Mills on this well-deserved distinction. Thank you for your many years of outstanding care to our patients.”

The award was presented April 27 at ACP’s annual convocation in San Diego. Qualifications for the award include:

  • Demonstrated excellence in and devotion to the clinical care of patients.
  • Service to the needs of underserved communities and underrepresented or marginalized populations.
  • The physician’s characteristics as a role model in the approach to clinical care.

Dr. Mills’ long career at Bassett spans over 25 years of service to his patients. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Albany Medical College, followed by his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He retired from Bassett’s Senior Professional Staff as Attending Physician in June of 2021.

“The competition for the award this year was extremely strong, but your contributions were deemed the most outstanding,” said Marianne C. Parshley, MD, FACP. “As Chair of the Awards Committee of the American College of Physicians, it gives me great pleasure to officially inform you that, based on the recommendation of the Committee, the Board of Regents has voted to select you as our 2022-2023 recipient of the Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award for Devotion of a Career in Internal Medicine to the Care of Patients.

“What a wonderful recognition to honor him for his years of service and compassion to his patients and community,” said Charlotte Hoag, Manager of Medical Staff Affairs at Bassett Healthcare Network.

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.