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April 3, 2014

Bassett to replace longtime president

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Dr. Timothy Pedley, member of the Bassett Board of Trustees, said the hospital enlisted a search firm to help with the national search for Streck’s replacement. Healthcare, he said, is undergoing a challenging, enormous transition and is changing more and more. Higher quality care is expected, but there is much less money available, Pedley said. The ideal candidate for Bassett president and CEO would be familiar with these changes and challenges, he said, and have a thorough understanding of the healthcare system and of Bassett in particular.

Despite the changes in healthcare, Pedley said, Bassett is in an “enviable position,” having already done what many other hospitals are struggling to do: shift to an integrated healthcare system model. Bassett’s integrated system includes five affiliated hospitals and numerous outpatient centers.

“This was very attractive to candidates,” Pedley said. “Most of them would rather come into this kind of a position than start from scratch.”

Brown was the candidate who came out on top, Pedley said, after making it past three rounds of interviews.

“He was the most impressive in terms of knowing about the environment facing medicine today,” Pedley said. “He has experience and he has an impressive record. He learned rapidly about Bassett and already has identified solutions to future challenges he may be faced with … He was the best candidate in terms of previous experience, knowledge and priorities.”

As president and CEO of Bassett, Pedley said, Brown will be in charge of setting the direction that the institution will take in the coming years and will develop a game plan of how to get there. He will have to take into account challenges and come up with solutions, as any CEO would, he said.

Brown, who said he will move to Cooperstown with his wife, Lauren, in the beginning of June, said he plans to be a good observer and listener and hopes to learn a thing or two from Streck before he officially takes over in mid-June.

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