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Just the facts

Dover, DE

#1 Aug 4, 2011
Are they top-notch - looking for great doctors. Please advise!
Just the Facts

Dover, DE

#2 Jan 25, 2012
.. can anyone tell me anything about docs at Bassett - are they top - notch? Please advise!! Need to find excellent care!
Just the Facts

Dover, DE

#3 Jan 25, 2012
Nobody... no on has any experience with the docs there?? Thanks!
CoopDocs

Horseheads, NY

#4 Jan 28, 2012
They're underpaid and overworked.
If you get a primary care doctor, there are no guarantees you'll see that doc when you're sick. Chances are that you'll see a colleague of hers/his.
Don't expect them to spend more than 5 minutes with you. Most doctors only stick around for a few years, if that and then move out of the area.
Good luck.
My doc is Fred Kaplan. Nice guy. Seems to know what he's talking about. I can never get it to see him when I need to though, and I end up seeing a resident or a colleague of his.
Just the Facts

Dover, DE

#5 Jan 30, 2012
CoopDocs wrote:
They're underpaid and overworked.
If you get a primary care doctor, there are no guarantees you'll see that doc when you're sick. Chances are that you'll see a colleague of hers/his.
Don't expect them to spend more than 5 minutes with you. Most doctors only stick around for a few years, if that and then move out of the area.
Good luck.
My doc is Fred Kaplan. Nice guy. Seems to know what he's talking about. I can never get it to see him when I need to though, and I end up seeing a resident or a colleague of his.
Any experience with specialists there? such as podiatrists, foot doctors? I thought Bassett was supposed to be top-notch. Thanks for any help!
Bassett

United States

#6 Feb 15, 2012
I've had extensive experience with the doctors at Bassett for several years, both professionally and personally, and you won't find better in this area. They do have big caseloads, but I've never felt rushed or treated impersonally. My primary was a super diagnostician, so I was sorry to lose him when he took a job as hospitalist, but I found another Bassett doctor who's also working out great. No complaints here. I had to be hospitalized at Cooperstown and had very good nursing care and followup. Since it's a teaching hospital, you're likely to encounter medical students. I enjoy meeting them, and I think their presence serves to keep the whole staff on their toes.
Name that Tune

Dover, DE

#7 Feb 16, 2012
I need a foot doctor specifically - any recommendations anyone?
Bassett doctors

United States

#8 Feb 16, 2012
Getting an appointment in podiatry at Bassett can be difficult because they do have a huge caseload. If you're in the Utica area or the Valley, my recommendation would be Herbowy or Acquaviva, under The Foot Doctors. They aren't Bassett, but they're both good guys. I've been Dr. Acquaviva's patient off and on and I like him very much. Knows what he's doing and is very personable. My experience with doctors is that you often get what you give. Not ALWAYS true- there ARE a few pompous, curt and burned out doctors around -but in general most of them practice medicine because they want to do good.
UticaMom

Horseheads, NY

#9 Feb 21, 2012
They're burned out and underpaid, with poor bedside manners. I'm painting with a general paintbrush of course, but my experience has not been a positive one, unfortunately. Bassett needs to wake up and get rid of the dead weight who treat their patients like garbage.

Have to agree with above poster about Dr. Acquaviva. Hear good things about him. Utica has many fine specialists.
Name that Tune

Dover, DE

#10 Feb 21, 2012
..any experience any one out there has with a Dr. bahlatzis at bassett? Thanks everyone.
Bassett doctors

Earlville, NY

#11 Feb 21, 2012
Nope. Sorry. I'm generally happy with the medical personnel at Bassett in Cooperstown, Little Falls and Herkimer. Not current on doctors at other MIB clinics.
LiveToSki

Horseheads, NY

#12 Feb 21, 2012
I've heard a LOT of negative comments about many Bassett doctors at my book club meetings every week. Dr. Kaplan is one of them, if he's the new guy. Doesn't listen to patient concerns, condescending attitude toward women (quick to label them as potential psychiatric patients as opposed to taking them seriously), not confident enough with his own knowledge base and skill set to tell a drug seeker from someone legitimately needing intervention regarding their pain. Lumps everyone on narcotics as drug-seekers, yet has no background in pain management. See him out at the club every now and then, and he seems nice enough, although a bit weird.

Negative things I've heard about Dr. Huffman and Dr. Kazminski include snooty presentations, and hurrying patients along (One lady told me Kazminski once told her "It's the end of the day, can I go now?") One of my bookclub pals said Kazminski was the rudest doctor she ever saw and has filed a complaint against her a few years ago.

Have heard wonderful things about the dermatologists there, as well as the cardiologists, oncologists, and pediatricians (my book club pals have a wide range of needs!).

Only other negatives I've heard about Bassett (and Fox when they were in business) were about the psychology department (Dr. Browne, particulary who was suspended with pay more than once for inappropriateness with patients, heard he's having an affair on his wife) and one of the doctors in the Rheumatology Department. Also heard there's a long waiting list to get into the child psychiatrist who has been described as a little nutty.

Keep in mind ~ people tend to be more vocal when they're complaining about something (or someone, as the case may be), and most people don't take the time out to share thier POSITIVE experiences, unfortunately.

As a long-time Cooperstown resident, I can tell you that most doctors don't tend to stick around. They pay their dues for a few years here with low pay, and then move on to bigger and better things. Docs with kids are more likely to stick around, but the mostly just uproot their kids and hit the highway once they realize the hours are long and the pay sucks.
ElCorazon

Horseheads, NY

#13 Feb 22, 2012
Just the facts wrote:
Are they top-notch - looking for great doctors. Please advise!
Definitely NOT top notch. Not even close, unfortunately. It's not a secret to the locals there, who mostly think it's funny that so many people flock to Bassett for treatment, just because "it's a teaching hospital." These are the doctors you see leaving Cooley's Tavern with the village tramp(s) on a Friday night, and are then seen dinng with their wives at Alex and Ika's on Saturday night.
You'll have to to go to NYC or Philly (or any larger city) for the really great doctors. Most locals steer clear of Bassett, and go either to Albany, Utica, or Binghamton, which are three cities within a 60-75 mile radius of the Cooperstown/Oneonta area.
I wouldn't recommend Bassett to anyone, having my own bad experiences there over a span of over 10 years. Finally, the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back was incompetence on the part of my then primary care physician and a specialist who BOTH ignored test results that later proved almost fatal.
I sought treatment elsewhere (Philly), and was quickly on the road to recovery.
These two doctors ignored my complaints of prior chest pain by telling me I had too many irons in the fire, work was too stressful for me, and that I needed a vacation. I had a heart attack soon after. My only regret is not listening to my brother, an internist at Bethesda, who's been trying to get me to leave the area for a decade
Feeling great now, thank GOD (and the professional top-notch doctors that I now have).
Good luck to you!
proved fatal

Elizabeth, NJ

#14 Feb 22, 2012
Really? LOL
Name that Tune

Dover, DE

#15 Feb 24, 2012
Thanks for all the inputs, but I really need to know who is skilled at foot surgery there and has experience with the foot surgeon there. Anyone?
Sick-N-Coop

Laurel, DE

#16 Feb 24, 2012
Everyone, you need to pay attention to what is said here. People don't give negative input for no good reason. I've heard so many bad things about bassett and also know first-hand that it is a lousy place to work.
I wouldn't recommend bassett as a potential employer OR as a place to seek healthcare. Their priorities are all mixed up. They are more interested in playing Monopoly and buying up every one else's healthcare clinic or hospital than concentrating on what they really ought to.
Most of the doctors and nurses there are so full of themselves, it's just sickening.
MIBH

United States

#17 Feb 24, 2012
I know that when I was hospitalized at Bassett, the nursing staff couldn't have been more attentive or more responsive to my needs. I was too sick to know WHAT I needed half the time, but when I was really hurting, they made sure I got pain relief. The RN assigned to me at night waited until I was awake and then introduced herself and made sure I was comfortable. We got along great, and I appreciated the fact that she understood that nursing is more than following doctors' orders and taking care of physical needs. She took time to talk to me. So I have nothing BUT good things to say about Bassett. I've had really good primary care and I've gotten to know a lot of the medical staff through my job.
Totallypssd

Oneonta, NY

#18 Mar 1, 2012
Absolutely no regard for patients time or circumstance. Customer service level is right there with goverent agencies. Never. Had an experience in coopsville that didn't make you want to scream. I would never come to this facility for my own care. Don't believe the hype. NOT a top notch operation.
Happy

United States

#19 Mar 1, 2012
Having been a Bassett patient for years, and having had a good 15 years of professional dealings with Bassett doctors, I've never had a BAD experience. I have no problem with waiting. As a health care worker, I KNOW what their day can be like, and I always cut them some slack. My primary is excellent, conscientious and gives me her undivided attention. On days when I have an appointment with her, I plan not to have anything else on my schedule, so if she orders labs or changes a script, I have time to take care of that. Mom taught me years ago to treat everybody as I'd like to be treated, and in my line of work, patience is essential. Medical personnel are working under time constraints over which they have no control, and every patient expects them to perform perfectly. They're human. They tend to do a better job when their patients try to understand that.
Name that Tune

Dover, DE

#20 Mar 5, 2012
Happy wrote:
Having been a Bassett patient for years, and having had a good 15 years of professional dealings with Bassett doctors, I've never had a BAD experience. I have no problem with waiting. As a health care worker, I KNOW what their day can be like, and I always cut them some slack. My primary is excellent, conscientious and gives me her undivided attention. On days when I have an appointment with her, I plan not to have anything else on my schedule, so if she orders labs or changes a script, I have time to take care of that. Mom taught me years ago to treat everybody as I'd like to be treated, and in my line of work, patience is essential. Medical personnel are working under time constraints over which they have no control, and every patient expects them to perform perfectly. They're human. They tend to do a better job when their patients try to understand that.
have any experience with a dr bahlatzis?

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