Longtime Benefactor Honored for Support of Alzheimer’s Program
ALBANY, N.Y., December 16, 2011—Albany Medical Center honored The Leon J. Goldberg Charitable Foundation at a reception Dec. 15 for 10 years of support of the Alzheimer’s Center of Albany Med.
Following the death of his wife Anne from Alzheimer’s disease, Leon Goldberg made a pledge in 2002 to establish the Anne B. Goldberg Alzheimer’s Resource Center (now named the Anne B. and Leon J. Goldberg Alzheimer’s Resource Program) to provide free information about care management and support for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. His support continued each year, with gifts matched by General Electric, where he worked as an electrical engineer for 42 years before retiring in 1970. Since Leon Goldberg’s death in 2007, the Leon J. Goldberg Foundation has continued his philanthropic commitment. To date, the late Mr. Goldberg and the foundation established in his name have given more than $1.6 million in support of the program.
“Through his enduring generosity, Leon Goldberg built a legacy that will benefit Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers for many years to come,” said James J. Barba, president and chief executive officer of Albany Medical Center. “We are profoundly grateful to the Goldberg Foundation for continuing to support the center. Its success is yours to share.”
At the event, the Goldberg trustees presented representatives from the Alzheimer’s Center a check for their annual $100,000 gift, as well as $10,000 that will be used to form an art therapy program for Alzheimer’s patients.
Earlier this year, the New York State Health Department designated The Alzheimer’s Center of Albany Med as the region’s Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center. The center provides comprehensive diagnostic services and treatment throughout the course of disease and participates in national research trials.
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, 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 also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with 325 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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