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“Burke Medical Research Institute Dedicates Library to Harvey Kelsey, Longtime Supporter and Board Member.”
Story Number is : 121511101
Burke Rehabilitation Center

left to right: Marc Baker, Member, Board of Directors, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Don Foley, Chairman, Board of Directors, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Mary Beth Walsh, CEO Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Harvey Kelsey, Honoree John Ryan, Executive Director/Administration, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director, Burke Medical Research Institute
Plaque for the new Harvey Kelsey Library
Newly commissioned portrait of Mr. Harvey Kelsey that now hangs in the Kelsey Library at the Burke Medical Research Institute.
On November 21, 2011, The Burke Medical Research Institute dedicated its library to Mr. Harvey Kelsey, a long time supporter of the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Burke Medical Research Institute. Mr. Kelsey, a Rye resident served on the hospital board of directors from 1983 until 2001. During this time, “Mr. Kelsey’s support, guidance and vision helped Burke Rehabilitation Hospital through times of challenge and change” said Burke CEO and Executive Medical Director, Mary Beth Walsh, MD., during the formal presentation. The ceremony was attended by approximately 70 people including several members of the Kelsey family as well as Burke employees and a special guest and keynote speaker, Clifford Saper, MD, Ph.D., from Harvard Medical School.
Kelsey served on the boards of Burke for more than 25 years – tirelessly supporting and lending his expertise to The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and The Burke Medical Research Institute. In addition to his own philanthropy toward Burke, he was instrumental in securing ongoing funding from the Goldsmith Foundation for one of the most important of Institute initiatives, the Goldsmith Fellowships. These fellowships are designed to provide financial support for emerging, young scientists to pursue research targeted at improving neurological disability.

Burke has received $1.6 million in support for these young fellows over the years. An important metric of its success has been the leveraging of this donation for more than 3.5 million dollars in NIH and other foundation funding and the launching of more than half a dozen careers at Burke. Mr. Kelsey also served on the Burke Medical Research Institutes’ board of directors from 1990 through 2009. According to Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director of the Burke Medical Research Institute, “Mr. Kelsey’s vision has been instrumental in ensuring the continued success of the Research Institute.” “He also worked tirelessly to help secure and maintain funding for ongoing research projects at the Institute,” Ratan added.

As part of the formal ceremony, a portrait of Kelsey was commissioned for the dedication. The oil painting by local artist Paul Dillon was unveiled at the conclusion of the event. It now hangs in the library that bears the benefactor’s name.
The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke’s world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ¬treatment, while its research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury.

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