Friends of Bassett helps you focus your giving on specific areas of need through our capital campaigns. Past campaigns have assisted with building primary-care facilities in Delhi and Andes, creating the Bassett Heart Care Institute, and renovating the Bassett Birthing Center in Cooperstown.
Fieldstone and Helping Hands Funds Support Our Staff
At most of the hospitals in the Bassett Healthcare Network, special funds have been established to support employees facing a short-term financial crisis. Your gift to any of these funds may help an employee whose spouse is unemployed or ill pay the rent or utility bill, repair the car used to get to work, or assist with medical bills. Grants are provided based on a simple and anonymous application form filled out by the employee and reviewed quickly by a committee of other Network employees. Approved payments from the funds are made directly to where money is owed.
Since their inception, these hospital-based funds have helped dozens of employees, providing them with a hand up during particularly challenging times.
If you would like to support our employees in this way, please make a gift on our donation page, selecting “Other” from the drop-down menu on the form and typing in “Employee Fund” and the name of the hospital to which you would like your gift directed. Thank you!
John May Farm Safety Fund
The John May Farm Safety Fund is a program of the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health, or NYCAMH, which is part of Bassett Healthcare Network. Dr. John May, a pulmonologist at Bassett Medical Center, founded NYCAMH in the 1980s with Dr. David Pratt. Dr. May's pioneering work brought safety innovations and important research findings to farmers across the Northeast. The John May Farm Safety Fund was named in his honor, and it was started to help small and mid-sized farms address safety hazards.
|A tractor with safety rollover protective structure installed.
Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations in the nation. The occupational fatality rate for agriculture is 700 percent higher than for other industries, according to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety. Within five years after a farm accident, seven out of ten farms go out of business. Farmers work in a very high-risk environment, and so do their families, since farming is often a family business.
Many local farms operate with small margins and have little money for safety projects. This can make working there even more hazardous. That is why the John May Farm Safety Fund is so important.
Farms with a need for assistance can apply for funding, and if the application is approved, the farm will receive up to $5,000 in assistance to complete a safety project. Typical projects include fixing electrical fencing, repairing cracked bunker-silo walls, and installing safer animal-handling systems. The farm must provide an equal match to that funding in dollars or labor. When the project is completed, an inspection is performed at the farm by NYCAMH staff.
We all depend on farms for our food, and our farmers depend on us to help keep them safe and healthy. Please join us in supporting the efforts of NYCAMH by donating to the John May Farm Safety Fund today. Thank you!