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The Bassett Community

How did Bassett grow into a network? Through the strength and commitment of its community.

The original Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital fieldstone building as it stands today
The original Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital fieldstone building as it stands today

Bassett Healthcare Network is named in honor of a physician who devoted herself generously for many years to the sick and unfortunate of Cooperstown and the surrounding region. The hospital's first physician-in-chief, Dr. Mary Imogene Bassett, died in 1922 but is still remembered as a wise and skillful physician as well as a devoted and unselfish friend.

Among Dr. Bassett's friends and patients was Edward Severin Clark. According to anecdote, he heard her express a wish for a laboratory to provide scientific data with which she and the other Cooperstown practitioners could better care for their patients. Mr. Clark granted her wish, building not only a laboratory but a fully-equipped 100-bed fieldstone hospital building. Named "The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital," it opened shortly before her death and was meant as a living memorial to Dr. Bassett.

Our donors are committed to community health
Our donors are committed to community health

Just as generations of patients and families have passed through Bassett's front doors, so have generations of dedicated employees, health care professionals, and other supporters whose compassion and caring will long be remembered. These individuals have always been the heart and soul of Bassett and will continue to distinguish Bassett as a health care tradition for many generations to come.

Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network

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Address 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326