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HANYS Presents Distinguished Service Award to Bassett Healthcare CEO William Streck, M.D.

HANYS President Dennis Whalen (left) presents the Distinguished Service Award to William F. Streck, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Bassett Healthcare Network (right). HANYS President Dennis Whalen (left) presents the Distinguished Service Award to William F. Streck, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Bassett Healthcare Network (right).

HANYS presented the Distinguished Service Award to Bassett Healthcare Network President and Chief Executive Officer William F. Streck, M.D., at HANYS’ Annual Membership Conference.   One of the longest-serving health system executives in New York State, with more than three decades leading Bassett Healthcare, Dr. Streck has also led the state’s Public Health Council and Public Health and Health Planning Council.  He is known for innovative healthcare design, delivery, and policy expertise.

“Under Dr. Streck’s visionary leadership, a single hospital in Cooperstown, with 70 physicians, has grown into a network of six affiliated hospitals, with 45 community- and school-based health centers, and more than 400 providers serving eight counties,” said HANYS President Dennis Whalen. “He has redefined the role of a rural hospital by embracing new models for effective, efficient, and sustainable patient-centered care, while also significantly expanding access.  This is a great example of a way to deliver healthcare in a challenging, rural environment with a widespread population with significant healthcare needs.”

Accepting his award, thanking all of his colleagues at Bassett and across the state, Dr. Streck told the audience they were fortunate to be engaged in the world of healthcare.  “In our roles, we are able to be at the confluence of all the forces in our society, providing a service that is essential to all of our citizens,” he said.   Dr. Streck, who will be retiring this summer, added,  “It is a remarkable privilege to have the opportunity to change so many things.”

He noted the progress in the healthcare field, and added “We have these difficult times, but we are here because we think we can do it.”

Since 1979, HANYS’ Distinguished Service Award has recognized individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to improving healthcare through service.

Published June 25, 2014