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Light Up the Night Gala Raises $270,000 to Benefit Emergency Department

ALBANY, N.Y., July 14, 2014 – Light Up the Night, the summer’s premiere gala, raised a record-setting $270,000 to benefit Albany Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine, the region’s only state-designated Level 1 trauma center.

Held at Saratoga National Golf Club on Friday, July 11, the event drew 550 guests who enjoyed cuisine prepared by Prime at Saratoga National, a fireworks display by Alonzo Fireworks, and music by the Soul Session. For the eighth consecutive year, MVP Health Care was the title sponsor of the event.

“The generosity of our sponsors and those in attendance at Light Up the Night gala shows a great understanding of the critically important work done by our emergency medicine team,” said Vincent P. Verdile, M.D., ’84, executive vice president of health affairs at Albany Medical Center, dean at Albany Medical College and a co-host of this year’s event.

Albany Med’s Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to the emergent health care needs of the community. With 70,000 patient visits and more than 12,000 patient transfers from community hospitals each year, Albany Med’s Emergency Department is the busiest trauma center in in New York State, according to a New York State Department of Health study.

“We are grateful for the continued success of this premiere summertime gala,” said Christopher King, M.D., chair of emergency medicine at Albany Medical Center. “Support from this wonderful night helps our emergency department meet the increasing needs of our community and allows us to continue to find ways to provide our patients with high-quality care closer to home.”

Albany Med physicians also see patients at Malta Med Emergent Care located just off Northway Exit 12 – the result of a collaboration between Albany Med and Saratoga Hospital. Other emergent care facilities are also located in Ulster and Greene counties thanks to a partnership with urgent care provider, EmUrgentCare. These facilities, along with an EmUrgentCare center which will soon open in Schenectady County, give area residents an alternative to hospital emergency rooms for all but the most serious medical circumstances, while also providing urgent care services for more routine medical needs.

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 nearly 400 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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