ALBANY, N.Y., January 26, 2007—Albany Medical Center is the recipient of the March of Dimes New York State Chapter Mission Triangle Award for 2006. This is one of the highest honors given to an organization that has helped to further the March of Dimes’ mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
The award recognizes Albany Med’s efforts in raising awareness of prematurity and supporting the March of Dimes programs through fundraising activities. Albany Med’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) partners with the March of Dimes to promote NICU Family Support,SM a March of Dimes program that places a social worker in the NICU at the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med to provide emotional support and training for parents and families.
“We are so grateful for this recognition,” said David Clark, M.D., director of the Children’s Hospital. “The response from our NICU families about the care and compassion provided by individuals associated with this program has been overwhelming, and we look forward to continuing to work with the March of Dimes to keep our babies healthy and strong.”
Among its supporting activities, Albany Med sponsored WalkAmerica, the largest national fundraising initiative for the March of Dimes, sponsoring $3,000 for WalkAmerica Family Team T-shirts, and an additional $8,000 in funds. Albany Med also assembled more than 33 walkers on their “Feats of Wonder” team during the event—the largest participating team in the region.
“The New York State Chapter of the March of Dimes wishes to congratulate Albany Med and recognize its extraordinary efforts,” said Kathy Jarvis, Northeastern New York Division Volunteer Board Chair for the March of Dimes. “Working in conjunction with the dedicated and enthusiastic staff at Albany Medical Center has made the NICU Family SupportSM program a huge success. It is considered one of the preeminent March of Dimes’ NICU facilities in the country. Albany Med has been an exemplary fundraiser and key partner to the March of Dimes, whose efforts would not be successful without the Center’s unyielding support.”
In the United States, one in eight babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation). At Albany Med, doctors delivered more than 500 premature babies in 2006 alone.
The NICU at Albany Med is a 50-bassinet unit that serves as a Level IV referral center for a
25-county service area, providing the highest level of treatment for neonates as part of the Regional Perinatal Center. Services include intensive medical, surgical and nursing care, life support systems, electronic monitoring and a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, as well as an active infant transport service (air and ground).
Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center. It consists of Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc. Additional information about Albany Medical Center can be found at www.amc.edu.
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