Seward applauds $13.7 million grant for Bassett

By WKTV News

State Senator James L. Seward commented Friday on a $13.7 million grant awarded to Bassett Healthcare Network under the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State (HEAL-NY):

“Delivering healthcare services to rural, low-income areas is extremely demanding. The professionals at Bassett Healthcare know full well the obstacles and the planned redesign at Fox Hospital and expansion at Cobleskill Regional Hospital will help successfully meet these challenges.

“The HEAL-NY funding will assist Bassett deliver care in a more efficient and cost-effective manner while at the same time taking into account the unique health care needs of the families, senior citizens and needy residents in Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties. I was pleased to support Bassett’s outstanding grant application and thrilled to learn of the project’s approval by the governor’s office.”

Bassett Healthcare will receive funding for two major initiatives:

• A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital bed reconfiguration ($8.7 million). This funding will allow A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital to reduce, restructure and modernize its inpatient bed complement to achieve operating cost efficiencies and support quality improvements;

• Cobleskill Primary Care facility ($5 million). This funding will allow Bassett to construct a new primary care facility on the Cobleskill Regional Hospital campus to better meet the primary care needs of residents in rural Schoharie County.

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