Local doctor to lead Bassett's Department of Medicine


 Dr. Kai Mebust has been appointed chief of the Department of Medicine at Bassett Medical Center.

According to a media release, Mebust “will provide senior physician leadership in the direction and provision of care provided by the Bassett Medical Group, and the Department of Medicine.” He succeeds Dr. Charles Hyman, who is leaving after 10 years in the position.

“After a national search that turned up several very good candidates, the committee selected Dr. Mebust to continue the excellent work of Dr. Hyman and the Department of Medicine,” Dr. Steven Heneghan, chief clinical officer, said in the release.

“Kai’s experience and accomplishments as a clinician and as an administrator provide Bassett with the expertise required to provide overall physician leadership to the Bassett organization,” Heneghan continued.

According to the release, Mebust has been with Bassett for 16 years as an internist focused on hospital-based medicine.

He has served the last decade as chief of Bassett’s hospitalist division and for four years as medical director of Bassett’s network hospitalist program. Mebust has also served as associate chief to Hyman since March of 2019 while a national search was conducted for the next physician-in-chief.

Mebust and his wife, Lynne, came to Cooperstown nearly 20 years ago, the release said. They anticipated leaving after he completed his internship and residency at Bassett. Instead, they stayed and raised their three sons in Cooperstown.

“Within six months, I felt more attached to the place and people here than anywhere I’ve lived in my life,” Mebust said in the release. “This has become our home and I want to do anything I can to help Bassett thrive. Bassett Medical Center and the rest of the Bassett network are extremely important to the population in this rural region. We are here to serve our neighbors; to help them stay healthy, to care for them when they’re not, and to train the people who will be doing this work in the years to come.”

Mebust will continue seeing patients admitted to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

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