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Junior League of Albany to provide books to pediatric patients

ALBANY, N.Y., June 5, 2012 ― The Junior League of Albany and Albany Medical Center today announced a joint initiative to promote early childhood literacy and to foster a love of reading among children. Under the initiative, pediatric patients who are seen at Albany Medical Center between June 5 and December 5, 2012, are eligible to receive a new, age-appropriate book each month until they reach the age of five.

The books will be provided free-of-charge to children by the Junior League of Albany through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, an international program founded in 1996 by country legend Dolly Parton. Since 2008, the Junior League of Albany has been enrolling children who reside in the City of Albany in this program. The partnership with Albany Med marks the second expansion of the program locally. The program was initially launched in Albany Med’s Labor and Delivery unit last year. It is estimated that more than 2,000 pediatric patients could benefit from this program.

“We are excited to partner yet again with Albany Medical Center, this time through The Children's Hospital, to provide books for children,” said Carolyn Daggett, past president of the Junior League.  “Shared reading in the home is an important contributor to school readiness and later literacy achievement, and we are so grateful that Albany Med has assisted us in our efforts to reach as many children as possible.” 

“Our goal is simply to help enrich the lives of these children by providing them with their very own library of books, which will, in turn, ensure quality reading opportunities and contribute to school readiness,” she said.

The Children's Hospital of Albany Med is the only hospital in northeastern New York and western New England that is just for children. The team of more than 110 physicians has been trained in 34 subspecialties of medicine. Because Children’s Hospital physicians serve as faculty members at Albany Medical College, patients and their families have access to the most innovative treatments available today.

“As physicians at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med, we have the responsibility to ensure that the children we serve will be physically and developmentally healthy from the start,” said Christine Whyte, M.D., chief of pediatric surgery at Albany Medical Center. “By increasing the quality and quantity of early literacy experiences from birth to kindergarten, the program will assist children in becoming ready for school. This is an important initiative and we are pleased to partner with the Junior League of Albany.”

This program is one example of Albany Med’s long history of supporting the community. For more than 170 years, Albany Med has improved the quality of life for local children through  patient care, education and research, and community involvement.  Albany Med also is a major economic engine in the region, providing good jobs, attracting talented health care researchers and practitioners from around the world, and fostering economic growth.

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About the Junior League of Albany: For more than 90 years, the Junior League of Albany has been providing programs to benefit the community. Founded in 1917, the Junior League of Albany is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information about the Junior League of Albany, visit

About Albany Medical Center: Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, one of New York’s largest teaching hospitals, and the Albany Medical College, one of the nation’s first private medical colleges that educates the next generation of physicians and other medical professionals and provides residency and continuing education programs, as well as a biomedical research enterprise that furthers the understanding of illness and discovery of tomorrow’s cures. It also includes the area’s largest physician practice with 325 doctors. Albany Medical Center has a strong commitment to the communities it serves, working with dozens of partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. Information about Albany Medical Center can be found at or

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