• John Rowley, PA, Honored with Advanced Practice Clinician Award of Excellence

    Bassett Healthcare Network, Bassett Medical Center

    November 20, 2019

    Physician assistant John Rowley, who is completing his 18th year with  Bassett, was recently honored with the Advanced Practice Clinician Award of Excellence. Laura O'Shea, RD, CNM, MSN, presented the award to Rowley at the fall medical staff meeting at Bassett Medical Center.

    The Advanced Practice Clinician Award of Excellence was established to recognize an outstanding practitioner who demonstrates clinical acumen, a commitment to teaching and fostering knowledge, and one who inspires others through leadership, community involvement, and advocacy.

    "I am very honored to have received this award," said Rowley. "In particular because it was voted on by my peers who I have a great deal of respect for. There are so many of my APC colleagues who are just as deserving of this recognition."

    When asked what he finds most fulfilling about his work, Rowley said, "Without a doubt it is the interactions with patients. Hearing their story and being able to assist them in recovering from and / or preventing a cardiac event in order to live as active and fulfilling a life as possible is a great honor.  While we teach our patients things about their cardiac health, we also learn a great deal from our patients when we take the time to really listen to their story. We have many amazing people who we care for here at Bassett and getting to know so many of them over the past 18 years has been very rewarding. It is also rewarding to see patients at the gym or out in the community living active productive lives after having survived a cardiac event and then having made life style changes that really improve their quality of life."

    Rowley received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in exercise physiology from Springfield College, after which he directed the cardiac rehabilitation program for eight years. He attended Yale for his physician assistant education. John joined the Bassett Cardiology group in 2001, serving as their first advanced practice clinician, and has served as the Epic clinical architect for the group since 2012. He has also taught many PA and other students as part of his clinical role at Bassett.

    Rowley's community involvement includes being past president of both the Cooperstown Soccer Club and the Lions Club,  and he has coached and refereed soccer for many years both at the high school and FIFA levels. 

    Rowley's family includes his wife Maureen, their three children and three grandchildren. 

    Past winners of the Advanced Practice Clinician Award of Excellence are Sam Hoskins, PA, 2017 and Laura O'Shea in 2018.