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September 5, 2013

Bassett names cardiac surgery chief


Said Kelley, “Really the only major service we don’t offer is heart transplants.”

Going forward, Kelley said that he would continue providing cardiac surgery and that they would soon be hiring another physician. Kelley estimated that there were about a dozen doctors working at the institute, in addition to other providers.

When asked if the center had improved outcomes for heart patients, Kelley answered in the affirmative.

“Since we’ve been here as a program, those outcomes have improved in this region.”

Kelley also said that having the institute in Cooperstown had improved the situation for older patients, as they no longer had to drive long distances for heart care.

“It’s very convenient for them to be able to have this needed care locally.”

As for his personal feelings on his new position, Kelley seemed enthusiastic.

“I’m excited at this opportunity,” said Kelley, saying that he enjoyed taking care of patients. “I look forward to doing it for many years to come.”




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