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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:

2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF)

Health Improvement Plan 2014-2017 (PDF)

Health Improvement Plan Update Implementation Year: 2014 (PDF) 

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Albany Med in the Community
A Sample of the Numerous Activities/Awards in 2013 



  • Nearly 850 guests celebrated the 30th anniversary of Dancing in the Woods, which raised a record $500,000 to support the Melodies Center at Albany Med, the only clinic in our region dedicated to caring for patients and families dealing with childhood cancer and related blood disorders.  
  • As has been the case for 34 years, hundreds of area residents enjoyed the Melodies of Christmas, a local holiday tradition that supports the Melodies Center and child cancer programs.


  • Medical students Keara Sease and Rachel Pian are panelists in the Girl Scouts ’ “Dare to Climb,” a mentoring program that allows young girls to
    connect with professional women.


  • Albany Medical Center President and CEO James J. Barba receives the Citizen Laureate award, the highest honor from the University at Albany Foundation, for his dedication to improving and revitalizing our community.
  • A large team of employees from Albany Medical Center support breast cancer research by participating the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Washington Park.


  • More than 100 medical students and faculty participate in a Day of Service in Albany.
  • Albany Med employees generously donate to a drive to provide school supplies for children in need, spurred by an employee in Security Services.
  • Employees at Corporate Finance collect food to provide at least 150 meals to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
  • Albany Med employees support neighbor Park Playhouse and enjoy performances of “Shrek” in Washington Park.


  • Middle schoolers from Girls, Inc. visit Albany Med to experience health care careers at the annual “EXPLORE! Camp.”
  • Albany Med is on hand at the groundbreaking for the expansion of the nearby Ronald McDonald House, a vital resource for children and their families undergoing hospital treatment in Albany.


  • Record-breaking Albany Med participation in the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk.


  • Radiologists unveil findings after scanning ancient mummies in a collaborative effort with the Albany Institute of History and Art and the University at Albany.