Since 1939, the Glens Falls Foundation has provided assistance to a variety of non- profit organizations. Now its philanthropic outreach includes support for Albany Medical Center’s tiniest patients.
The community foundation for Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties is providing a grant for Albany Med’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) expansion, part of Albany Med’s 325,000-square-foot Patient Pavilion project. The gift will support the purchase of Giraffe beds for the NICU. These long-necked, high-tech beds are critical to the development of infants like Stephanie.
Born at just 29 weeks, Stephanie weighed only two-and-a-half pounds. She endured respiratory failure, collapsed lungs and an intestinal problem that required surgery. In the Giraffe bed, which is an all-in-one home for an at-risk infant, she received treatment for every concern without leaving the warmth and safety of the Giraffe bed. Today, she is a happy and healthy baby approaching her first birthday.
Providing medical scholarships, including support of Glens Falls area students at Albany Medical College, has long been a part of the Glens Falls Foundation’s philanthropic outreach. However, the foundation’s most recent gift to Albany Med is its first to assist patients at the region’s only Level IV NICU.
“The Albany Medical Center NICU has a large impact on the North Country community,” said D. Michael Niles, administrator of the Glens Falls Foundation. “It serves as the primary provider for the infants of our friends, family members and neighbors who are in need of the highly specialized and critical care that Albany Med provides. Our foundation is pleased to help an organization that helps so many. “