2013: An Historic Year for Albany Medical Center
While completing the largest expansion in Albany Medical Center’s history with the opening of the Patient Pavilion, Albany Med this year continued to demonstrate regional and national leadership in patient care, education, research, technology, and community service. Here are just a few examples:
- Setting the standards.
Albany Med received high honors for resuscitation, in addition to treatment of stroke and heart failure from the American Heart Association, and from the Immunization Action Council for vaccinating newborns against Hepatitis B. Technology, and treatment spaces were unveiled, including the Neuro Intensive Care Unit, the BrainSuite, and others unique in the region.
- Improving access and service.
While the new Patient Pavilion will serve growing numbers of patients on the main campus, new service locations opened to bring Albany Med’s unique level of care to where patients live — in Malta, North Greenbush, Glens Falls, Saratoga and Kingston. The Medical Center also made substantial progress in continuing to implement an electronic health record.
- Discovering cures and better therapies.
The College received an important $2.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop a universal vaccine strategy to protect against many different diseases. Collaborations also formed with other regional leaders in health and education to explore new ways to treat, prevent and cure a variety of diseases.
- Known for our expertise.
Among the many medical staff recognized this year were Alan Boulos, MD’94, selected to the prestigious Society of Neurological Surgeons; Michael Gruenthal, MD, PhD, who was named president of the New York State Neurological Society; Neil Devejian, MD, recipient of the American Heart Association’s Heart Hero award; Dean Vincent Verdile, MD, ’84, recognized for leadership by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine; and Cary Qualia, MD, named Physician of the Year by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
- Connecting with our community.
The public kickoff of Lifeline: The Campaign for Albany Medical Center allowed Albany Med to highlight the tremendous generosity of the community. Already more than $107 million has been raised toward the $125 million goal, to help the Medical Center provide the best care, education and research in the region. Also, a record number of community partnerships enhanced Albany Med’s connections with the communities it serves.