COOPERSTOWN _ Bassett Healthcare has named a former Kings County Hospital chief of medicine to serve as its physician-in-chief.

Dr. William F. Streck, president and CEO of Bassett, announced in a media release that Dr. Charles L. Hyman had joined Bassett. Hyman has also served as vice-chairman for the state Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate.

"We are most pleased to have Dr. Hyman join Bassett as the chief of the Department of Medicine, Bassett's largest clinical department," Streck said. "His experience and accomplishments as a clinician and as an administrator provide Bassett with the expertise required to continue the excellent work of the Department of Medicine and to provide overall leadership to the Bassett organization."

The release said Hyman will provide senior physician leadership in the direction and provision of care provided by the Bassett Physician Group and the Department of Medicine.

"I am a believer in the staff model and have been interested in Bassett's physician group practice for many years," he said in the release.

Hyman, who is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, also plans to provide care and consultations to patients in the Infectious Diseases Clinic.

He is married to Ofra Hyman, a social worker with a doctorate in social work from Adelphi University, who has joined Bassett in the Department of Psychiatry. They have a grown daughter who lives in Boston.

Hyman succeeds Dr. Walter A. Franck, physician-in-chief since 1981. Franck will remain the associate dean at Bassett Healthcare for Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons and continue to have a role in Bassett's medical school initiatives, the release said.

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