Photo submitted – (L-R): Dr. Carlton Rule, Little Falls Hospital Medical Director, Leah Zilkowski and Dr. Amy Grace, President of the Medical Staff.

LITTLE FALLS, NY – Little Falls Hospital, a part of the Bassett Healthcare Network, recently awarded Leah Zilkowski, the Dr. Bernard Burke Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

On behalf of Dr. Bernard Burke’s many years of service to Little Falls Hospital and to honor his lifelong dedication to his patients, the Medical Staff of Little Falls Hospital established The Bernard J. Burke Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student in the Little Falls Hospital service area who plans to pursue a career in the healthcare field.  Recipients of this scholarship need not only to have a desire to serve others in the healthcare field but also have a financial need.

Zilkowski, the daughter of Daniel and Joanne Zilkowski, graduated in June from Dolgeville Central School District.  She has chosen to follow a career in the health field as a Physician Assistant at the University of Albany majoring in Biology. “I chose to go to school to become a Physician Assistant because they are able to care for and treat people and can find where their passion lies in the medical field.”

About Little Falls Hospital 

Little Falls Hospital, an affiliate of Bassett Healthcare Network, is an inpatient 25-bed acute care hospital.  It is Herkimer County’s only provider of acute inpatient medical care, emergency care, short-term inpatient rehabilitation, and many other diagnostic and therapeutic services. The mission of Little Falls Hospital is to offer high-quality care with compassion, to all who need our services.

About Bassett Healthcare Network

Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. Bassett Medical Center, the foundation of the network, is a 180-bed acute care inpatient teaching hospital located in Cooperstown, NY. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit Follow Bassett on Facebook and Twitter at and