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Light up the Night Raises $300,000

Light Up the Night, Albany Medical Center’s annual summer gala, raised $301,442 for the Department of Emergency Medicine.

More than 500 guests attended the event at Saratoga National Golf Club on July 22. Empire BlueCross was the title sponsor.

This year’s event included a video presentation featuring Laura and Al Williams of Clifton Park. The couple was critically injured in a snowmobile accident last winter and rushed to the Emergency Department where they received care for significant traumatic injuries.

Albany Med’s Emergency Department, the region’s only state-designated Level 1 trauma center, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to the emergent health care needs of residents of a 25-county region of northeastern New York and western New England.

Roughly 75,000 patients were seen in the Emergency Department in 2021, and more than 15,000 patients were transferred here from various health care providers. The ED is often the busiest trauma center in New York State. Proceeds from Light up the Night are used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and support educational, training and research opportunities for Emergency Department physicians and staff.

“Every day we strive to provide the highest level of emergency medical care to our community and region,” said Denis Pauze, M.D., chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. “We are very grateful to our friends and supporters for their generous gifts to the Emergency Department. Their support helps us deliver world-class care to people when they need us most.”

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