July 23, 2008

Tri-Town Hospital Names Replacement CEO

By The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y.

Jul. 23--Tri-Town Regional Hospital in Sidney has a new chief executive officer and medical director.

Dr. Marianne Soden was recently hired to take over as CEO from Bruce Wilhelm, who announced last month that he was appointed vice president of human resources at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown.

Bassett opened Tri-Town Regional Hospital in February. The facility is at the site of The Hospital in Sidney, which closed in July 2005, and offers around-the-clock emergency care, as well as laboratory and radiology services.

"The first five months of operation for the new hospital have been even more successful than anticipated, with patient volumes exceeding our projections," Wilhelm said in a media release from Bassett.

"More importantly," he continued, "we've been able to provide lifesaving care to people who previously had to travel long distances to an emergency department.

"Dr. Soden has the professional experience and background necessary to take the hospital's services to the next level, and I look forward to working with her in my capacity as head of the human resource division at Bassett," he added.

Soden completed her undergraduate degree at Binghamton University. She received her medical degree from Michigan State University and fulfilled her internal medicine residency requirements at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans and United Health Services in Johnson City.

She is also an associate professor of medicine at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. Her age and residence were not given in the release.

"I am looking forward to becoming a member of the Tri-Town community," Soden said in the release. "I especially look forward to working with the people who live here and the board of trustees to create a vision for the hospital and its services going forward. I fully understand the challenges the region has faced and since overcome."

She continued, "The opportunity to guide the delivery and growth of health-care services to help meet local needs is one I very much look forward to."

Soden will also see patients at Bassett Healthcare -- Sidney Primary Care and serve as the health center's medical director.


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