Dr. John Kelley has been named division chief of cardiac surgery at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
Kelley comes to the position with previous experience as chief of cardiac surgery at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica and nearly 20 years of experience as a cardiac surgeon in central New York.
Kelley, who has been at Bassett four years, completed his cardiac surgery fellowship at Albany Medical Center and has practiced in the central New York region since completing his training.
“In the four years that I have been at Bassett, the cardiac surgery program has continued to excel in its care of heart patients,” said Kelley in a news release. “We have a tremendous team of experienced and highly skilled individuals who achieve great patient outcomes. I look forward to continuing Bassett’s strong tradition of providing advanced and compassionate cardiac care for the people of central New York.”
Kelley takes over at a time when the Bassett Heart Care Institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Over a decade ago, Bassett made the commitment to bring heart care to the region because people who live in more rural counties needed access to the same specialty heart care available in more populous areas of the state, according to a news release. At the time, statistics showed without that access, residents sought less care and died from heart disease more frequently. Opening the Bassett Heart Care Institute in 2003 was the strategy for changing these rural realities.
Dr. Robert Lancey arrived in 2003 to lead the effort. A decade later, he is ready to move on to new challenges and is leaving Bassett to take a position in Virginia.
In 2013, Bassett was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for heart care by Healthgrades. Healthgrades awarded Bassett its excellence rating for coronary interventional procedures.
The program developed over the last decade continues to be an important one to the Bassett Healthcare Network and residents of the region, according to the release. What has already been accomplished serves as the basis of Bassett’s future commitment to cardiac care in the eight-county region the network serves.