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Albany Med Receives $50,000 From Dominic Ferraioli Foundation
   December 12, 2003


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   ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 12, 2003 – A gift of $50,000 from the Dominic Ferraioli Foundation was recently presented to representatives of Albany Medical Center in support of the institution’s pediatric congenital heart program.
   In thanking the Foundation for their gift, Neil S. Devejian, M.D., the director of the congenital heart program at Albany Med, said, “This support demonstrates once again that the residents of upstate New York recognize the importance of having a program available locally to provide much needed services to children and others with congenital heart defects. Without such a program, patients and their families would have to travel long distances to find the treatment they need.”
   The Foundation was established through the will of Dominick Ferraioli and has only recently been funded. According to Mario Papa, one of the trustees of the Foundation, “Mr. Ferraioli was very concerned about cardiac disease and was particularly interested in supporting additional local research, education, and treatment for those born with congenital heart problems.”
   Albany Med offers the only congenital heart surgery program in the region. Through the collaborative efforts of specialists in pediatric cardiac surgery, pediatric cardiology, pediatric critical care, and pediatric anesthesiology, the program provides a full spectrum of preventative, diagnostic, medical and surgical therapies for pediatric and adult patients with congenital heart disease. As part of that comprehensive care, Albany Medical Center recently became the first hospital in upstate New York to offer non-surgical percutaneous device closure for atrial septal defects.
   The congenital heart surgery program has become so well known that children from around the world come to Albany Medical Center for life-saving surgeries. Just last July a young girl from Zimbabwe was treated for an atrial septal defect at Albany Med. Dr. Devejian performs about 100 such surgeries per year at the Medical Center.


























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