(WBNG Binghamton) The Bassett Healthcare Center services more than 5,000 square miles in upstate New York. In 2003, the medical group noticed their cardiac care was lacking in the area, and made the move to attack the problem.
Ten years ago, options were few for cardiac care in and around Cooperstown. But that's all changed.
Bassett Medical Center began with just five cardiologist that traveled to several different medical sites.
"What really helped us grow was the people and getting the right folks in that are dedicated to taking care of patients," said Chief Cardiac Surgeon, Dr. Robert Lancey.
It's a place where doctors know their patients as neighbors.
"People around here, they're dairy farmers, their loggers and they don't always complain about much. One of our challenges for the future is to influence people's healthcare decisions earlier in their life before they get quite so sick," said cardiologist Patrick McNulty.
The hospital has brought in 17 cardiologists, eight practice clinicians, a new cardiac intensive care unit and new operating rooms.
"When we brought in very high technology like the devices to the cardiac Lab and the intervention to cardiology program. We've been able to evaluate things based on their true worth to patients so we have services that are extremely modern and cutting edge," McNulty said.
The hospital says this new technology is keeping patients healthy, educated and local.