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About Albany Medical Center

2014 Annual Report

Albany Medical Center
2014 Annual

Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center and is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region.

It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and which also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 450 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life.


Albany Medical Center is like no other health care provider in our region, providing our community with the highest level of patient care across disciplines, while receiving regional, national and international recognition for high standards in patient care, education and biomedical research.

Recent Notable Recognitions

  • Alzheimer’s CareThe NYS Department of Health designated the Alzheimer’s Center of Albany Med as the Capital Region’s Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center (ADAC).
  • Cancer Care. Albany Med’s five-year survival rate for women treated for stage II breast cancer was nearly 7 percent higher than the average of other academic medical institutions and followed best practices for treatment of breast and colon cancer at rates far higher than cancer treatment centers in NYS and nationwide. 
  • Consumer Choice. For 18 consecutive years, Albany Medical Center is the only hospital in Northeastern NY to receive the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation based on input from people in the community.
  • Cardiac Care. Only hospital in the region recognized by The Joint Commission for high quality of the  mechanical heart pump implant (VAD) program. Albany Med is one of only two hospitals in the state outside of NYC area to receive this certification.
  • Care Transition. Recognized by the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization in New York State for care of Medicare beneficiaries, including quality post-discharge follow-up and patient care plans.
  • Critical Care. Albany Med’s Coronary Care Unit received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for high-quality critical care standards.
  • Donation and Transplant Medicine. Albany Med was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for reaching gold level of recognition for public education about donation and state donor registries.
  • Emergency CareThe Emergency Department received the Michelle Martin Memorial Award from the Albany County Stop DWI Program for compassionate treatment and care of victims involved in crashes caused by impaired drivers. 
  • Family Medicine. The American Academy of Family Physicians named the Family Medicine Interest Group one of 10 “Programs of Excellence” for the club’s outstanding efforts in generating interest in family medicine.
  • Gastroenterology. Digestive Disease Center recognized for providing high-quality endoscopy services by The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).
  • Kidney CareAlbany Med was one of only six of the 260 kidney transplant programs in the United States to be recognized for its successful survival rates by the US Department of Health and Human Resources and Service Administration. 
  • Medical EducationAlbany Medical College designated as a KARL STORZ Center of Excellence in training students and professionals on the most advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care. The NICU was the first Level IV NICU in upstate New York to completely eliminate central line-associated blood stream infections for 12 consecutive months.
  • Patient-Centered Care. The Albany Med Faculty Physicians Group was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Program for providing high-quality, coordinated care to patients using evidence-based, patient-centered processes. 
  • Pediatrics. The Birth Place and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition and the New York State Department of Health for achieving one of the highest rankings in the state for work to immunize newborns against the hepatitis B virus.
  • Surgical CareThe American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized Albany Medical Center for exemplary surgical outcomes.
  • Stroke, Heart Attack and Heart Failure. Recognized by the American Heart Association/Stroke Association for leading the nation in following evidence-based guidelines.

Albany Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal of Approval” for accreditation. The accreditation award recognized Albany Med’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Among other recent accreditations and designations:

  • Bariatric Surgery. Only program in the region and one of only 10 programs in the state to achieve a “Level 1” accreditation from the Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Cancer Service. Accreditation “with commendation” for cancer services from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for meeting stringent quality standards.
  • Cardiac Care. Awarded prestigious Advanced Certification in Heart Failure from the Joint Commission.
  • Emergent Diagnostic Imaging. Malta Med Emergent Care earned American College of Radiology accreditation for meeting the highest quality and safety standards for CT scanning, MRI and ultrasound.
  • Epilepsy Care. Albany Med epilepsy specialists are among the first in the nation to receive board certification in epilepsy by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, signifying exceptional proficiency in the field. 
  • Epilepsy Program. Adult Epilepsy Program earned National Association of Epilepsy Centers’ prestigious Level 4 designation for the seventh consecutive year.
  • Graduate Medical Education. Earned five-year accreditation, the maximum, from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
  • OB/GYN. Obstetrics and Gynecology Department’s ultrasound program reaccredited by the Ultrasound Practice Council of the AIUM, marking more than ten years of accreditation for meeting rigorous national standards.
  • Physician Practice. Albany Medical Center’s Faculty Physicians received highest accreditation from the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care.

Recent Area “Firsts”

  • Breast Care. The nation’s first FDA-approved 3D digital mammography technology is available at Albany Med’s Breast Care Center.
  • Cardiac Care. First in the region to implant the LVAD, left ventricular assisted device, to treat end-stage heart failure and to receive Joint Commission certification. Albany Med team performed northeastern New York’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and has now performed more than 100 TAVR procedures. 
  • Robotic Surgery. Albany Med surgeons first in the region to use the da Vinci robot to perform prostatectomy, gastric bypass surgery, mitral valve repair and to remove an ovarian cyst from a pregnant woman. In addition, the region’s first single port, robot-assisted cholecystectomy was performed at Albany Med.
  • Neurosurgical Care. Neurosurgeons first to offer the “Solitaire” clot-removal device to dramatically improve survival rates for some stroke patients.
  • Vascular Care. The region’s first Vascular Intensive Care Unit was instituted at Albany Med.

Physicians Cited for Excellence  

  • Ingrid Allard, M.D., associate dean and associate professor, was recognized as one of 15 of America’s Top African American Medical Educators by Black Health Magazine.
  • John A. Balint, M.D., professor of medicine, received the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center’s “Living the Legacy” award.
  • Alan Boulos, M.D., chief of the division of neurosurgery, is the only neurosurgeon in the Capital Region elected to the prestigious Society of Neurological Surgeons.
  • Augustin DeLago, M.D., director of interventional cardiology, received the “Physician of Excellence in Interventional Cardiology Award” from the Capital Region American Heart Association.
  • Neil Devejian, M.D., was honored with the first Donald Led Duke Heart Hero Award from the Capital Region American Heart Association.
  • Janet Gargiulo, M.D., president of the Albany Medical College Alumni Association, Class of ’79, received the Ralph O. Claypoole Memorial Award from the American College of Physicians.
  • Michael Gruenthal, M.D., Ph.D., chair of neurology, was named president of the New York State Neurological Society.
  • Herbert Jacobson, M.D., a pioneer in breast cancer research, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Capital Region Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Marc A. Judson, M.D., chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, was recognized as one of the top sarcoidosis experts in the world based on substantial research he has done in the field. 
  • Hamish Kerr, M.D., sports medicine specialist and primary care physician, was named chair of the USA Rugby Medical and Safety Committee and team physician for the U.S. Rugby Team.
  • Barry Kogan, M.D., chief of the division of urology, received the American Urological Association Foundation’s prestigious John W. Duckett Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award.
  • Martha Lepow, M.D., professor of pediatrics, received the American Association of Pediatrics Award for Lifetime Contribution in Infectious Disease Education.
  • Cary Qualia, M.D., named Physician of the Year by the Northeast chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.
  • Dhiraj Shah, M.D., vascular surgeon, received Albany Medical Center’s Pillars Award in recognition of his work to enhance the Medical Center’s mission.
  • Steven Stain, M.D., Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair of the Department of Surgery, was elected to chair the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Resident Review Committee for Surgery – the governing committee that accredits surgical residency programs in the United States. Dr. Stain was also elected to serve as president of the Western Surgical Association, president of the Society of Surgical Chairs, and as governor of the American College of Surgeons. 
  • Vincent Verdile, M.D., dean of Albany Medical College, received the 2013 John Marx Leadership Award from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.

Special Honors

  • Albany Med President and CEO Honored for Citizenship. James J. Barba was honored with the University at Albany Foundation’s prestigious 2013 Citizen Laureate for his numerous economic and civic good works in the Capital Region community and beyond.
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  • Albany Med Surgeon Receives Presidential Award for Oversees Charity Work. Oluwaseun Adetayo, M.D., pediatric plastic surgeon, received a distinguished accolade, Diploma of Honor, from the President of Peru in honor of her work to help children with significant craniofacial abnormalities.

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