ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 5, 2006 — Richard M. Cook has been promoted to executive vice president for policy, planning and communications at Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s academic health sciences center.
Cook has served the institution for 10 years with great distinction, most recently as senior vice president, according to James J. Barba, president and chief executive officer of Albany Medical Center. “Over the time he has been at Albany Med, Rick’s unique perspective on the external forces that are pressing in on Albany Med specifically, and on health care generally, have been of inordinate help to me and to countless senior managers and other managers in strategic planning, in lobbying and in allowing the Medical Center’s voice to be heard in the corridors of power both in Albany and Washington,” Barba said.
In his position, Cook manages state and federal government relations, planning and all communication strategies, including public relations and marketing, at the Medical Center.
Before joining Albany Med, Cook worked in New York State government for more than a decade negotiating health care legislation. From 1991 to 1994 he was a senior advisor to Governor Mario Cuomo for health care policy and program development. Before that, Cook worked with the majority leader’s office of the NYS Assembly where he negotiated the state’s Medicaid budget and rate setting systems.
Cook holds an M.A. in political science from the University at Albany and a B.A. in political science from SUNY Oneonta. He resides in Delmar.
Albany Medical Center consists of one of the state's largest teaching hospitals, Albany Medical Center Hospital, and one of the nation's oldest medical schools, Albany Medical College.