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Albany Med Receives $1 Million Gift From Former Board Member to Establish Endowed Chair in Rheumatology
   March 16, 2005


            ALBANY, N.Y., March 16, 2005 – The Albany Medical Center recently received a gift commitment of $1 million from former Albany Med Board member George Pfaff and his wife, Jane. The gift will establish The Pfaff Family Endowed Chair in Rheumatology at Albany Medical Center.

            “This generous gift will assist us in recruiting a skilled individual to fill the Chair in Rheumatology and will strengthen our academic and research initiatives,” said James J. Barba, chairman of the Board of Directors, president and chief executive officer of the Albany Medical Center. “We are most appreciative of the Pfaff family’s continuous support of the Albany Medical Center.” 

            George Pfaff’s longtime association with the Medical Center includes serving as governor of the hospital and as president and chairman of the Board from 1972 to 1976, as trustee of the Albany Medical College and as director of the Albany Medical Center. Most recently he was a volunteer in the pastoral care department as a Eucharistic minister to Catholic patients and staff. The Pfaffs’ support of the institution’s rheumatology division stems from Jane’s long exposure to rheumatoid arthritis and her positive experience with faculty at Albany Med.

            “Albany Med’s commitment to research, education and patient care have accomplished a great deal in lessening the ravishingly painful disease of rheumatoid arthritis. Under the leadership of dedicated practitioners in academic medical facilities, my wife has benefited greatly from such progress,” Pfaff said. “But there is still much to be done, and we hope our gift will provide resources to advance this effort at Albany Med.”

            Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center. It consists of one of the nation’s oldest medical schools, Albany Medical College; one of New York’s largest teaching hospitals, Albany Medical Center Hospital; and one of the Capital Region’s most active fundraising organizations, the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc.

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