Community Service

Albany Medical Center is a valuable asset and resource for the many communities it serves. It is the only academic health sciences center in the 25 counties of eastern New York and western New England. It includes the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, founded in 1849 and one of upstate New York's largest teaching hospitals; the Albany Medical College, established in 1839 and one of the nation's first private medical schools; Albany Medical Center's South Clinical Campus, purchased in 1999 to better serve the ambulatory surgical needs of the community; the 450-member Albany Medical Center Faculty Physicians group; and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc., one of the largest fundraising organizations in the region.

An academic medical center like Albany Medical Center is defined by its commitment to the three-fold mission of excellence in patient care, biomedical research and medical education – with a single objective: the improved health of the community. 

Because of this unwavering commitment, assessing the health care needs of our community is an ongoing process. We are engaged in countless affiliations and collaborations throughout our service area and offer many programs and services at a free or reduced-fee basis, often in partnership with other organizations.

Throughout 2013, a comprehensive community health needs assessment was conducted with partner organizations, under the direction and guidance of the Healthy Capital District Initiative (HCDI). The results of this in-depth study serve as the platform for our 2014-2017 Health Improvement Plan.

The Community Service Plan focuses on several pressing health issues within our local community, and identifies how Albany Med – with partner organizations – is working to:

  • Execute a community health improvement plan;
  • Reduce duplication of services and costs;
  • Assist each other for improved efficiency and efficacy; and
  • Maximize available resources and assets


We invite you to read about the collaborative efforts and initiatives among local hospitals, local health departments, and other organizations in our 3-year plan to improve the health of our community, as well as the progress achieved during the first year of the Plan's implementation.

Albany Medical Center Community Service Reports:

Health Improvement Plan 2014-2017 (PDF)

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