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Remembering Carl Touhey, Friend of Albany Med

This week, Albany Medical Center lost a great friend in Carl Touhey. For more than four decades he was an integral supporter of Albany Med’s mission and work.

“There are few people who have been more important to the Medical Center than Carl Touhey,” Albany Med President Jim Barba said. “His vision, generosity and commitment over many decades helped make Albany Medical Center the world-class institution it is today.”

A key advocate of bringing together the College and the hospital in one organization, Touhey first joined the College Board in 1970 and, in 1984, he became a member of the consolidated Center Board.

He was honored with the Alden March Award in 2007, and the Pillars Award in 2011, and received an honorary degree from Albany Medical College in 1988. He was an Emeritus Director of Albany Medical Center at the time of his death.

“At the core of his life, Carl was a person who wanted to make life better for people around him,” Barba said. “Carl understood the importance of allowing everyone to have the same quality of health care that he could afford to have.” 

In 2004, he donated $2 million to Albany Med: The Charles and Winifred Touhey Emergency Care Center is named in honor of his late parents. Just last year Touhey donated $1 million toward the construction of the new Patient Pavilion.
Last year Touhey said hoped to lead a call to others.

“I want to encourage tomorrow’s donors,” he said. “Albany Med will need their leadership in the future to remain our region’s unique world-class health care provider.  I hope they will join us in this important project.”