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April 11, 2012

Bassett replaces Urgent Care centers; walk-in care still available

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In the Bassett Healthcare Network, Convenient Care with appointments has replaced Urgent Care centers in Oneonta, however, walk-in consultation still is available.

Bassett spokeswoman Karen Huxtable-Hooker said the main difference is that patients are encouraged to schedule appointments. Convenient Care staff diagnose and treat the same conditions previously seen at Urgent Care, including sore throats, coughs, earaches and fevers; minor burns and injuries; sprains and strains; and vomiting, diarrhea and urinary problems.

With call-ahead scheduling, patients can make an appointment for the same or next day and avoid some time in the waiting room, Huxtable-Hooker said.

The transition was March 12, Huxtable-Hooker said, and feedback from patients has been "very positive."

Convenient Care hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. To make an appointment at the Oneonta facility at 1 Associate Drive, call 433-6400.

Local bank nets superior rating

The Delaware National Bank of Delhi again has been recognized as a superior-rated bank by BauerFinancial Inc. of Coral Gables, Fla., a bank rating and research firm.

The Delaware National Bank of Delhi has earned this 5-Star Superior rating for the last 68 consecutive quarters, giving it the added distinction of "Exceptional Performance Bank," a designation reserved for those institutions that earned the highest rating for 10 years or longer, a recent media release from the research firm said.

To earn this rating, The Delaware National Bank of Delhi must report impressive capital levels and a loan portfolio with negligible levels of delinquent loans.

The Delaware National Bank of Delhi was established in 1839, and operates through four offices in Delhi, Hobart, Margaretville and Davenport.

Funeral director lobbies in D.C.

Lester R. Grummons of Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home recently attended a conference in Washington, D.C., and spent time with lawmakers from the region.

The 2012 National Funeral Directors Association Advocacy Summit drew members from several funeral-service associations, according to a media release.

Grummons is a past president of the New York State Funeral Directors Association.

"I was proud to be able to meet with our elected representatives and their staff to help them understand some of the key issues impacting funeral consumers," Grummons said in a prepared statement.

While in Washington, he addressed issues of burial expenses and of veterans' cremated remains that have not been claimed by relatives and are in the care of funeral homes, the release said.

Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, at 14 Grand St. in Oneonta, has been in business since 1922.

Roofing company receives award

The Powell Co. of Oneonta has received a GAF Master Elite Training Excellence Award from GAF, a roofing manufacturer in North America, a media release issued by GAF said in March.

The award recognizes The Powell Co.'s dedication to continuous education and training through attendance at the Center for Advancement of Roofing Excellence in an effort to help consumers understand roofing options, the release said.

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, email details to or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.