Photo submitted – L-R: Peter Oliver, AOW Construction; Bill Repichowkiy, E4H Construction; Michael Reese, Regional Director, Empire State Development; Michael Ogden, President Little Falls Hospital; S. Dillard Kirby, President F. M. Kirby Foundation; John Bullis, Bassett Healthcare Network Board Member

Little Falls, N.Y. – Little Falls Hospital, a subsidiary of the Bassett Healthcare Network, celebrated its groundbreaking on June 28, 2019, for a new replacement primary care center in Dolgeville.

Michael L. Ogden, president of Little Falls Hospital, announced that the F.M. Kirby Foundation contributed $1.25 million toward the $2.9 million needed to build the 5,000-square foot primary care center. The new center will be named in honor of Walker D. Kirby, who was an active volunteer and board member of the F.M. Kirby Foundation.

“Our family and our Foundation have had a long and very positive partnership with Little Falls Hospital. The matriarch of our family, Walker D. Kirby, witnessed first-hand the compassionate care of the medical staff. Now, we are honored to help expand that primary care and provide wellness efforts in Dolgeville and the immediate surrounding communities that meant so much to our parents and family. Mom and Dad would be so proud to have her name associated with such a center focused on a healthy community, just as we at the Foundation are.” – S. Dillard Kirby, President

Little Falls Hospital was also awarded support from New York State. The hospital is slated to receive $480,000 from Empire State Development (ESD) for the relocation, design, and construction of the new health center. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “New York State is investing in communities, and along with Bassett Healthcare Network’s significant investment, is contributing to the health and wellness of the many Little Falls Hospital patients and families who will be served by the new Walker D. Kirby Primary Care Center.”

Ogden said the Walker D. Kirby Primary Care Center is an important step in the continued investment of health care for the greater Dolgeville community and surrounding area by Little Falls Hospital. “We are responding to the needs of the community by providing access to much-needed health care services. The community has always been very supportive of the current health center and hospital, so it is very exciting to think of helping address the unmet demand for health center services and adding to the economic vitality by constructing the Walker D. Kirby Primary Care Center in the community.”

The Walker D. Kirby Primary Care Center is able to accommodate up to four practitioners. The new space will feature eight exam rooms, offices and a laboratory, and many other related ancillary spaces. Also included in the design is a 2,000-square-foot addition for the purpose of hosting space for community health and wellness related purposes. This space will be used for health and wellness education, lifestyle-related classes and to support other community-based organizations whose goals are to address social determinants of health.

The Walker D. Kirby Primary Care Center will replace the current facility on Gibson Street.

About the F. M. Kirby Foundation:
The F. M. Kirby Foundation is headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey. Endowed in 1931 by Fred Morgan Kirby, one of the founders of the F.W. Woolworth Company, it was designed to continue in perpetuity through generations of the family. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $700 million in grants. Five Kirby family members, currently spanning two generations, serve on the Board, as well as two non-family directors.

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 six 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 www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/Bassett.Network and twitter.com/BassettNetwork.