Why do your friends and neighbors support Bassett Healthcare Network? For many, a gift to Bassett is a way of saying thank-you for care received. For others, it is a way to invest in the community, to make it a better, safer place for everyone.
Whatever your motivation for giving, you are not alone. Here are some stories of our generous donors and why they chose to support Bassett through the Friends.
Donor Makes Better Physical Therapy Equipment a Reality
|Eugene Thaw, seated on the new total body exerciser, with michael rutledge, manager of rehabilitation services, at physical therapy on railroad avenue in cooperstown.
Eugene Thaw, a strong supporter of Bassett Healthcare Network, was at the physical therapy department in Cooperstown when he noticed that a piece of equipment called a total body exerciser was malfunctioning.
“I tried to use it, but it had a kind of hiccup in it,” he said. Mr. Thaw discussed this problem with Michael Rutledge, the manager of Bassett’s physical therapy program, and offered to purchase a new machine for the department. Mr. Rutledge was thrilled. He described the new piece of equipment as similar to a recumbent bicycle. It’s the most highly used piece of equipment in the department. The version that “hiccupped” has been in use since 2003 and is quite worn.
The new model donated by Mr. Thaw has a swivel seat and is wheelchair accessible. Like the previous version, it provides both upper and lower body exercise, with adjustable, bi-directional resistance. It’s more user-friendly, with step-through access and multiple strength options for safe training. Mr. Thaw wanted all patients to have access to this top-of-the-line machine. The physical therapy staff is very excited about this new equipment. So are we! Thank you, Mr. Thaw, for sharing this gift with all of us. It will help many people for years to come.