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May 6, 2013

Step Back in Time: May 6, 2013

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25 years ago

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MARGARETVILLE — David Summers had a change of heart. He decided to forego a higher paying job in Maine and stay on as administrator at Margaretville Memorial Hospital.

The bottom line, as it turned out, was not the money, but what he and his wife, Peggy, thought was a better quality of life in the Catskills for themselves and their two children, Lani, 12, and Jonathan, 6.

Recently, Memorial announced Summers’ resignation to take a job in Lewiston, Maine, with Central Maine Health Care Corporation. Summers has been at the Margaretville hospital for five years, and the facility has remained in good financial shape, while making improvements to programs and buildings.

He told hospital board Chairman Harriet Smith Tuesday morning that he wanted to stay. 

“Always, when you think of the Catskills you think of the mountains — and the people,” said Summers. 

Summers said his wife, Peggy, a fourth grade teacher at Andes Central School, sat down with school officials and “asked the questions I wouldn’t think to ask.” The schools were heavy on sports, but had no music and art in elementary grades.

“We found out New York State schools were head and shoulders above it there.”

 

50 years ago

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COOPERSTOWN — Copies of a new book, “Careers in Hospitals,” have been distributed to the Cooperstown school system and the surrounding schools by Bassett Hospital.

The book, prepared by the American Hospital Association, was distributed in conjunction with National Hospital Week, May 12-18, which has as its theme “Today’s Hospital — Career Center for America’s Youth.”

The book is part of a nation-wide effort by hospitals to call attention to the diversity of hospital career opportunities and the need for qualified personnel in many disciplines, V. Earle Nicklas, assistant director of Bassett Hospital, said.

“More than 200 job opportunities, ranging from accountant to x-ray technician, exist in hospitals, but many jobs go unfilled because of shortages of personnel,” he said. 

“By alerting more school counselors to the possibilities of hospital careers we hope to encourage more young people to enter these careers,” Mr. Nicklas said. “With nearly 7,000 hospitals in the country and more than 25 million patients each year, the hospital field is one of the nation’s major employers. It will continue to grow to meet the increasing demands for better health care.”