Bassett Medical Center's ICU Waiting Room Gets Upgrade

The Clare eddy thaw family waiting room outside of Bassett medical center's intensive care unit, newly refurbished and refreshed. 

A recent large gift from an anonymous donor provided funds to recarpet the family waiting room outside of Bassett Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit. An additional grant from the Volunteer Services Fund helped to purchase new upholstered furniture for the space. 

This well-used family waiting room is important to many people. Patients who spend time in the ICU often have family who wish to visit but cannot stay in the patient's room for long periods of time, as the patients have complex medical conditions and need plenty of rest and quiet time.  

The waiting room has seen many family conferences as well as many overnight stays. It is now a place of refreshment as well as patience, thanks to the generosity of donors. 

The family waiting room was originally created when donors Clare and Eugene Thaw, now deceased, gave funds to help Bassett make a space where families could gather on comfortable chairs. Just beyond the space visible in the picture above is a small kitchen where families staying for extended periods of time can fix a cup of tea or coffee or heat a small meal. All of this provides comfort at times of stress. 

If you have ever visited a loved one in the ICU and want to support the great work of Bassett's nurses and physicians there, please contact the Friends of Bassett at (607) 547-3928 or make a donation online. Thank you! 

Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network

Office Hours Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Address 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326