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October 15, 2012

Step Back in Time: Oct. 15, 2012

25 years ago

Oct. 15, 1987

ONEONTA — Joanne McCook of Morris, a Fox Hospital employee for 16 years, has been named director of volunteers and coordinator of the Lifeline program there.

She succeeds Nancy Raeder of Roxbury, who resigned to become Mrs. Walter Voxbrink.

Ms. McCook is a graduate of the Otsego Area School of Practical Nursing. She has worked at Fox Hospital as a licensed practical nurse six years and as a pharmacy technician for five years. She was the hospital’s first intravenous technician and was also employed in the purchasing department five years, becoming manager of the department.

Ms. McCook applied for the position of director of volunteers as a new challenge.

“I personally needed a change of pace,” she said. “I missed working with patients and others in the hospital. I looked at this position as an opportunity to get back with people. It’s a lateral move for me, but a whole different ball game.”

As coordinator of volunteers, she schedules individuals for various jobs, filling requests for help from several departments. She coordinates the Junior Volunteer program and the new volunteer patient aide program.

“The patient volunteer aides provide patients with a little extra help — things that nurses do not have time for, like watering plants, running errands, getting a box of tissues when it is needed. Two of the volunteers are men, and their help is especially appreciated by some men patients. For instance, a man in a wheel chair may prefer to be pushed by another man than by a 100-pound woman.”

50 years ago

SCHENEVUS — Dr. William A. Broder, dentist from Elmira, will take over Dr. Otto Weil’s home at 4 Main St., Schenevus, for the practice of dentistry in the near future.

He received a B.S. degree from the College of the City of New York in 1923 and his D.D.S. degree from Columbia University Dental School in 1927.

He was on the teaching and research staff of the histology department of Columbia Dental School in 1931 and 1932. He has also been oral surgeon on the staffs of the General Hospital and the Will Rogers Hospital, both in Saranac Lake.

Dr. Broder organized and became secretary-treasurer of the Finger Lakes Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

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