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$200,000 Hannaford Charitable Foundation Gift Will Support NICU Expansion

ALBANY, N.Y., June 7, 2012 - Albany Medical Center today announced that its Patient Pavilion project has received a $200,000 gift commitment from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation to support the expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Officials from Albany Medical Center and Hannaford Supermarkets gathered to announce the donation and to unveil renderings of the family kitchen within the Ronald McDonald House Charities Family Suite. The suite is designed to exclusively support the expanded NICU within the new Patient Pavilion. The family kitchen, which will be dedicated in honor of the Hannaford Charitable Foundation, will provide space for families to share a meal and time together while not having to leave the NICU floor.

The current Ronald McDonald House Family Room and kitchen serves all families with children at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

“Hannaford Supermarkets continues to be a leader in supporting the communities they serve.  This is just another most generous example of that effort,” said James J. Barba, president and chief executive officer at Albany Medical Center. “With this gift, families going through perhaps the most difficult time of their lives will have a place to gather in comfort nearby their newborn children. We commend and thank Hannaford for its continued partnership and generosity.”

The Ronald McDonald House Charities NICU Family Suite and accompanying family kitchen will be located within the new 325,000-square-foot Patient Pavilion, which is scheduled to open next year.

In addition to the family kitchen, the family suite will include a lounge, laundry facilities and three family transition rooms for overnight stays, all designed to bring the comforts of home to parents and siblings of babies being cared for in the NICU.

“Hannaford is dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of our community at all levels,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Vice President of Retail Operations Rudy DiPietro. “The Hannaford Charitable Foundation is honored to contribute to the new Patient Pavilion which will enable Albany Medical Center to continue to deliver outstanding quality health care to the general patient population and to the newest and youngest members of our community through the Children’s Hospital. We hope our support will provide comfort and relief for the families whose children are receiving treatment in the NICU.”

The $200,000 gift commitment from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation is in addition to a $100,000 grant from Hannaford for Albany Med’s recent capital campaign in support of the renovation of the emergency department.

Hannaford Supermarkets recently celebrated the grand openings of two new supermarkets in Malta, NY and Livingston, NY - bringing the number of Hannaford stores in New York to 49.

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 181 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All Hannaford stores feature Guiding Stars, America’s first storewide nutrition navigation system and most stores have full-service pharmacies. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. Additional information can be found at

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: or


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