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June 21, 2014

Outgoing Bassett chief honored with award

Bassett Healthcare Network President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. William F. Streck’s contributions to the health-care industry were recognized Friday by a state health-care agency.

The Healthcare Association of New York State presented Streck with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award at its annual conference.

In making the presentation, HANYS President Dennis Whalen said Streck 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. From the board to the bedside, and from Albany to Washington, Bill has long been respected as an accomplished leader, a champion of patient care, and an innovative force in healthcare. His legacy is pervasive and profound. Communities are healthier, patients are safer, and health policy is more human, thanks to his invaluable contributions.”

With Streck’s retirement at the end of June “there is much we will miss and even more that we are grateful for,” Whalen said. “He will leave an indelible mark on healthcare, the communities he has served, and on those of us who are privileged to call him a colleague.”

The Distinguished Service Award was established by HANYS board of trustees in 1979 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding personal service in the health-care field in one or more of the following areas: patient welfare, hospital administration, residential health care administration, local and state health care organizations, public service, and promotion of social and other legislation relating to better healthcare, according to a media release.

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