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June 5, 2014

New Edmeston clinic to honor outgoing Bassett chief

 A new community health care center will be built next year to honor the work of Dr. William Streck, according to a recent media release from Pathfinder Village.

The new state-of-the art clinic in Streck’s honor will be located on Pathfinder property on State Route 80, adjacent to the community soccer field, the release said.

The 3,800- square-foot facility will cost $1.2 million and fund raising for the project will begin right away, according to the Pathfinder Village Foundation. Construction will begin in May of next year.

Streck, who will retire from his position as Bassett Medical Center’s chief executive officer in July, has also served as chair of the Pathfinder Village Board since 1995, the release said.

After his retirement from Bassett, Streck will continue to serve as head of Pathfinder’s board. In this position, Streck oversees daily operations of the company and ensures compliance with governmental regulations, the release said.

Pathfinder Village, which was founded in 1980, is an open-access planned community for people with Down syndrome and other development disabilities, according to its website.

The plan for the new facility, which will be called the Dr. William F. Streck Community Health Clinic, was approved in late April. It will be operated by Bassett Healthcare Network and will recognize Streck’s contributions to improved patient care, according to Pathfinder Village officials.

“Dr. Streck’s leadership in envisioning and creating a modern healthcare network over 30 years has been essential in providing better care to residents throughout central New York,” said Paul C. Landers, president and chief executive officer of Pathfinder Village.

The new facility will replace the current Edmeston-Burlington Clinic, which was the first regional facility that Bassett developed, according to the release. Its success was a springboard for subsequent clinics, said William Cole, chair of the Pathfinder Village Foundation and native of Edmeston.

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