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All-Star

Tina Perone

Glenn Davenport

Colleagues lauded Perone, an ASA VII in the Animal Resources Facility, for her upbeat attitude, team- work, and vast knowledge on the job. “She is a walking phone book, and has protocol numbers and cost center numbers on the tip of her tongue,” said one. “Tina is a valuable asset, not only to the Animal Resource Facility but to all the researchers who work with her, and to AMC in general,” read another enthusiastic nomination.

How long have you worked at Albany Med? It will be 8 years in December.

What is your best advice for success on the job? The best advice is to be friendly, courteous, caring, and respect- ful of others.

What’s the most rewarding thing about working here? Getting to know so many different people, and the nationalities and languages.

What makes Albany Med a “Great Place to Work?”

The people.

Why did you choose a career in health care? To help make a difference.

Where are you from? Albany

Where do you live now? Watervliet

Family? I have a boyfriend of five years and three handsome young sons, Mike (14 years old), Jonathan (10 years old), and Henry Jr. (3 years old).

What did you do/where did you go on your last vacation? My family took a long trip to Florida to spend time with other family members.

What is your dream vacation? A long trip around the world.

What organizations are you active with outside of work? Watervliet Pop Warner.

What is your favorite movie of all time? The Wizard of Oz

What is the ingredient you must have in your refrigerator? I’m Italian and I have a lot of crushed garlic.

Who is the person you admire most? I admire Lana Thompson. She is my co-worker and like another mom to me. She is always there when anyone needs her help.

What would your co-workers be surprised to learn about you? I am an open book and they are my family so they know me very well.

Albany Med names an “Excellence in Customer Service All-Star” monthly from among employees, volunteers, and vendors who con- tinuously demonstrate and exceed the expectations for service. In order to be considered by the Excellence committee, individuals (or teams of 10 people or fewer) must be nominated via forms avail- able on the Intranet and in the Human Resources bins in the Medical Center.

43 New Scotland Avenue (Mail Code 125) Albany, New York 12208

Change Service Requested

Photos by James Gizzi

Fireworks ‘Light Up the Night’ at Successful Fundraiser

A fireworks display by Alonzo Fireworks topped off an evening of fine food and dance at the “Light up the Night” benefit July 28 in Saratoga. The new fundraising event raised over $113,000 to benefit Albany Med’s department of emergency medicine. Held at Sargo’s at the Saratoga National Golf Course, the evening featured food by Sargo’s executive chefs, an extravagant chocolate fountain, and live music by area band The Refrigerators. The proceeds will be used to fund educational opportunities, research initiatives and equipment purchases that will further strengthen the department of emergency medicine.

Anna Cozzy, RN Stephen Craner

Judith Knowlton, RN Sharon LaBelle

Raymond Dansereau, RPh, PhD

Barbara Lamb, RN

Barbara Danylak, CRNA Rose Donato, RN Amy Eglin Steven Fein, MD William Fisher Thomas Foggo Laurie Frey, RN Georgeann Greene, RN Tracy Hanlon Betty Ann Harrison Sheila Hart, RN

Deborah Lanzillo, RN Debra Levy, RN Bernice Locke Mary Anne Lord Katherine Lorette Jacqueline Lyons Mary Miller, RNC Patricia Minkler, RN Stanley Mudzinski, PhD Donna Myers, RN Nora Naughton, RN

Darlene Hathaway-Zotto, RN Brian Hausler Karen Houston, RN Alesa Hughto, RPh Katherine Jones, RN

Nancy Neal Jane Noblett Jeanne Paratore, RN Mary Perazzo, RN Robert Piparo

NEW 25-Year Club MEMBERS

The following individuals inducted into the 25-Year Center Board of Directors

celebrate 25 years of service to Albany Med in 2006. They are being honored at a reception and Club at the Albany Marriott on September 18. The reception will be hosted by the Albany Medical and AMC President Jim Barba. Congratulations to all!

Thomasine Allen, RN Thomas Andersen, PhD Elizabeth Andrus, RN Connie Barber, RN Dawne Barton, RN James Betzhold, MD Lynn Endres Boivin, RN Joseph Burns Cynthia Calabro, RN Donna Calhoun, RN Judith Campaner, RN Cynthia Campbell Michele Caroccia, RN Brian Carson Maureen Cartwright Alice Chaney-Fields Ellen Rogow Chapman Jean Colaneri, ANCP/CNS Lisa Cowan-Canetto, RN

Mary Poleto, RN Ronald Prescott Kathleen Pudney, RN Wendy Reamer, RN Cheryl Regal, RN Evelyn Ristau, RN Saira Samuel Ann Marie Snide, RN

(posthumously) Valeria Stanley, RN, CPNP Sharon Thomas, RN Ralph Thompson Richard Tobler, RN Qui Tran Patricia Van Kempen, RN Bernadette Wagenbaugh, RN Kathleen Whitford, RN Faith Wood

Vol. 1, No. 14

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August 30, 2006

Albany Med

TODAY

NEWS AT ALBANY MEDICAL CENTER

Albany Med’s Bariatric Surgery Program Earns National Accreditation

Albany Medical College Welcomes Diverse Freshman Class

‘White Coat Ceremony’ is introductory event for new med students.

Albany Med’s bariatric surgery program is one of only three programs in New York State and only a dozen in the United States to earn accreditation status from the prestigious American College of Surgeons— the highest level of hospital achievement in bariatric care. As a designated bariatric surgery center, Albany Med is capable of managing the most challenging and complex bariatric patients with optimal opportunity for safe and effective outcomes.

“Our program’s designation as an accredited center for bari- atric surgery is representative of our high standards of quality, safety and reporting, and is a testament to the dedication of the physicians, nurses and staff involved,” said Steven Stain, MD, chair of the department of surgery. “This designation serves as reinforcement to our patients that they are receiving bariatric care from a national leader.”

As an accredited program, Albany Med also qualifies for new Medicare coverage guide- lines for bariatric surgery pro- cedures. Eligible patients seeking bariatric surgical care may qualify for coverage under the terms set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Established in the 1980s, Albany Med’s bariatric pro- gram offers open gastric bypass, minimally invasive gastric bypass and minimally invasive gastric banding.

Minimally invasive gastric bypass and gastric banding are performed by T. Paul Singh, MD, director of minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Singh and Carl Rosati, MD, director of Albany Med’s bariatric surgery program, perform open gastric bypass. Jennifer Lindstrom, MD, has recently been recruited to serve as medical director.

New med students recite the Hippocratic Oath during the White Coat Ceremony.

On August 23, first-year medical students at Albany Medical College enjoyed a tradition practiced at medical schools throughout the nation. During the white coat ceremony in ME-700, one by one the fresh- man were helped into their tra- ditional white coats by

this diversity. “Our medical students bring with them a wide range of life experiences and insight that they are able to share with one another,” said Joanne Nanos, director of admissions and student records. “Their diversity not only enriches the medical students’

“Our medical students bring with them a wide range of life experiences and insight that they are able to share with one another.”

second-year students and later recited together the physicians’ Hippocratic Oath, a code of professional conduct.

A political scientist, a marine biologist and a film and media studies major are among the 135 first-year students, represent- ing a diverse group of under- graduate majors. Approximately half of the incoming students— 67—hold the traditional degree in biology.

According to College officials, the Medical College embraces

educational experience, but when you consider the extraor- dinary amount of community service they perform, it also has a profound impact on the com- munity they serve.”

Drawn from more than 7,000 applicants, the new medical students represent 23 states, with 49 students hailing from New York. There are six students representing the countries of Canada, Hong Kong, Tanzania and Sweden. Women make up 54 percent of the class, continu-

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ing a trend of recent years. This year’s class ranges in age from 20 to 35 years old, with the mean age being 23.

The new medical students hold degrees from 56 undergraduate institutions, including Princeton, Johns Hopkins and Colgate Universities. The highest number

  • 19—graduated from the insti-

tution’s joint degree program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, followed by 12 from Union College and 10 from Siena College. Forty-two students hold Master’s degrees and two hold doctoral degrees.

Albany Medical College, which was founded in 1839 as one of the nation’s first private medical schools, has nearly 700 students. The College trains medical students and provides continuing medical education programs for area physicians. In addition to medical degrees, the College also offers Master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral pro- grams in the basic sciences as well as Master’s programs for nurse anesthetists and physi- cian assistants.

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