Fox Hospital earns top rating from nonprofit group | Local News


Representatives from the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta announced on Thursday the hospital had received an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group in its Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.

“A.O. Fox’s staff works relentlessly to provide the safest care to our patients. I am incredibly proud of our team for having achieved this prestigious award,” Jeff Joyner, president of the hospital, said, in a media release. “We are going to work harder than ever to maintain this designation. Safety and excellence in care is our foremost priority at A.O. Fox, and we are proud to be entrusted with the care of our community members.”

The Leapfrog Group, according to its website, is a nonprofit group that seeks to improve “the quality and safety of American health care.”

“This designation from The Leapfrog Group is a tremendous accomplishment and confirms what the hospital Board has been witnessing under Mr. Joyner’s leadership,” said Jeanne-Marie Havener, hospital board president. 

Real estate broker gets award

Suzanne Darling, associate broker with EXIT Realty Homeward Bound in Oneonta was honored with the Bronze Award by EXIT Realty Corp. International, according to a media release. The award was given in recognition of closing more than 25 real estate transactions during the production year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Darling was also inducted into the Sapphire Circle in recognition of closing 250 real estate transaction sides during one’s career with EXIT.

EXIT Realty is a real estate company with brokerage locations across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit

Chamber to present seminar

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will host a seminar, “MWBE Certification Process and What To Do Once You’re Certified,” beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Otsego County Chamber/Otsego Now offices on the fifth floor at 189 Main St. in Oneonta. Presenters will be Liam McMahon, an SBDC business advisor, and Darlene Kanuk of SUNY Broome.

According to a media release, MWBE certification “is more important than ever with Gov. Cuomo’s goal to reach 30 percent of the state’s procurement goal or $2.4 billion dollars with certified MWBE businesses.” The workshop will walk participants through the steps to become certified as an MWBE with tips and strategies. It will also show opportunities available for state, federal and municipal contract bids.

The seminar is open to the public. Sign-in will begin at 8 a.m. The seminar will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $35 per seminar.

Those interested can register online at, call 607-267-4010, ext. 104 or email [email protected].


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