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The Neurosciences Institute

Why Albany Med?


Reasons why Albany Med is the best place for treatment of neurological conditions, from the simple to the complex,

Albany Medical Center Ranked #1 in Market by U.S. News & World Report
Albany Med was ranked first in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area in U.S. News & World Report’s "America’s Best Hospitals 2011-2012." Including neurology and neurosurgery, 10 specialties at Albany Med were listed as “high performing” including: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; orthopedics; and urology.

Albany Med Lauded for Outstanding Clinical Quality in Stroke, Heart Attack and Heart Failure
Albany Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association/Stroke Association for leading the nation in following evidence-based guidelines for patients with heart failure, coronary artery disease and stroke. By receiving the Gold Performance Achievement Award in all three categories, Albany Med becomes one of only two hospitals in New York State, and one of 13 in the nation, to receive this distinction under the American Heart Association/Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) program.

Hospital Collaboration Improves Care for Saratoga County Stroke Patients
Saratoga Hospital and  Albany Medical Center are collaborating to speed and enhance the evaluation and treatment of stroke patients from the Saratoga Region—and to give them faster access to cutting-edge treatments at Albany Medical Center, when appropriate. The two hospitals are linked electronically, allowing emergency physicians at Saratoga Hospital and stroke specialists at Albany Medical Center to view patient scans simultaneously, in real time, and consult on the best course of treatment. This streamlines the process for identifying those who need advanced care, and gets them to Albany Medical Center more quickly..

Albany Med Receives Stroke Center Certification from Joint Commission
Albany Medical Center has been awarded the Primary Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission., and has earned the organizations Gold Seal of Approval for being a Joint Commission-accredited institution with an advanced certification in stroke care.

Albany Med’s Epilepsy Program Receives Highest National Designation
For the fifth time, Albany Medical Center’s Epilepsy and Human Brain Mapping Program has received a Level 4 designation, the highest designation offered by the prestigious National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 centers have the most advanced medical and surgical diagnostic and treatment options for patients with complex epilepsy. Albany Med shares this designation with programs of high distinction such as Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and NYU Medical Center.

Alzheimer’s Disease Center Regional ‘Center of Excellence’
The New York State Health Department designated the Alzheimer’s Center of Albany Med as the Capital Region’s Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center (ADAC) and awarded nearly $450,000 in state funding over a five-year period. Albany Med is one of only nine ADACs in New York State. The centers must meet high standards and provide high-quality diagnostic and assessment services for patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s; patient management and care; training and continuing education to medical professionals; and serve as a regional resource center, or “Center for Excellence,” for Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, care and resources.

Area Research Alliance Announces Grants to Fund Biomedical Research Alzheimer’s disease research at Albany Med received a boost from the NY CAP Research Alliance, a Capital Region Economic Development Council priority project aimed at fostering research among the area’s leading academic research institutions. $250,000 is funding studies including the pursuit of a fast and effective way to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease and differentiate it from other forms of dementia, as well as the development of a sensor for the early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease. Other awards in the field of neurosciences include $85,000 to study prevention of neuropathic pain and $75,000 to develop a novel implantable sensor for use in orthopedics and neurosurgery.

Merging Minds with Machines, Albany Med Leads International Academic Partnership
Anthony Ritaccio, MD, and Gerwin Schalk, PhD, are leading an international academic partnership to create a research lab in Italy that may someday help those who are paralyzed or disabled communicate with computers and prosthetic devices using only their thoughts. Albany Med’s brain-computer interface (BCI) research has garnered widespread national and international attention and has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, National Public Radio, El Mundo (Spain), on CBS Sunday Morning, and exhibited in the American Museum of Natural History. Read More.