Bassett Healthcare Network CEO Honored

By Julianne Peixoto

June 13, 2014 Updated Jun 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM EST

Cooperstown, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A series of receptions were held Friday to honor the retirement of 30-year President and CEO of the Bassett Healthcare Network, Dr. William Streck.

When Dr. Streck began his career with Bassett, the organization was a single, rural hospital.

"I just had a sense that Bassett had great potential before I came, and then fortunately I have had an opportunity to chase that potential for 30 years," said Streck. "Now here we are as a remarkable organization with wonderful people doing great work."

The Bassett Healthcare Network has grown to become a system of 6 hospitals, more than 40 community and school based health centers, with various health partners.

The network spans eight counties, and employs 4,000 people network-wide.

Rick Cook, Chief Operating Officer of The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), has known Streck for more than 20 years.

"One of the things that Bill has done for the past 25 years is he has been involved with almost every major state advisory group that has shaped healthcare policy," Cook said. "He's had a say in all the major reforms."

Bassett was featured in the New York Times in 2009. He and Bassett were praised as a model for the rest of the nation.

"He's really been a trusted ambassador to the government and back to the healthcare community in making sure things got right and in making sure there was good communication," said Cook.

Streck is confident the company will continue to grow, even in his absence, and although he's saying goodbye to Bassett, he isn't leaving the health care industry altogether.

"No, no I am not retiring from health care," said Streck. "It's too exciting, it's too important."

Dr. Vance Brown will be replacing Dr. Streck as CEO starting July 1.