Michael Stein, a Bassett Healthcare stalwart for almost three decades, has been named vice president of development and Friends of Bassett executive director.
At the Friends he replaces Scott Barrett, who after six years at Bassett has joined Loretto, the largest Upstate supplier of eldercare services, in Syracuse, as vice president of development.
Stein will oversee philanthropic activity across the Bassett network, as well as pursue government funding and handle legislative relations at the state and federal levels.
For the past five years, he has served as Bassett’s executive director for government affairs, and as an independent fundraising consultant to many Upstate not-for-profits.
He joined Bassett in 1982 and later became its first director of public relations and fund development, helping orchestrate Bassett’s first capital campaign to build the Bassett Clinic.
In 1994, he left Bassett and spent two years as vice president for development of the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
He returned in 1996 as the vice president for external affairs, managed a $15 million capital campaign in 1997 and later led the Bassett Heart Care Campaign, raising $12 million for the health system’s heart care institute.
He on Delhi’s O’Connor Hospital board and SUNY Albany’s University Council, and co-chairs Planned Parenthood of South Central New York.
During his tenure with the Friends, Barrett led campaigns to fund the Bassett Birthing Center, the cancer screening coach, school-based health and many other projects throughout the network.
The New Year’s Gala at The Otesaga, a signature Friends’ fundraiser, raised $244,000 this year, a record.