Albany Medical Center

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Pope Francis proclaimed the internet was a gift from God. Amanda Scarpinati might just be inclined to agree with that.  Scarpinati's four-decade search for a nurse who cared for her as an infant burn victim came to fruition in a matter of hours days, thanks to social media...

I had a long, very enjoyable conversation with an elementary school principal last week as she was getting ready for the new school year. One topic we kept coming back to was dealing with students who have seizures in class…which is apparently a lot more common than you’d think. And it seems not all seizures are created equal.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll listen to a conversation with two doctors who specialize in Epilepsy, and see how this condition is affecting more and more lives.

We’ll also spend an academic minute getting into some heavy metal!

Albany Medical Center has announced a fifth location for its expanding EmUrgentCare division.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Albany Medical Center President and CEO James Barba have announced a new development project in the city.

New plans for the old LexisNexis site in North Albany: Albany Med plans to move 300 financial services and warehouse employees to the Broadway building.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan:  "They're bring 300 jobs downtown to a great area of the city that is seeing a lot of growth. They've decided to purchase property and voluntarily keep it on the tax rolls."

Joining us this afternoon for Medical Monday is Dr. Allen Gerber, a neurologist with Albany Medical Center’s Neurosciences Institute. He is a specialist in multiple sclerosis and movement disorders and is here to answer your questions on those topics.

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The public is invited to a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research.

The historic Fort Orange Club in the heart of downtown Albany is hosting "Autumn Mix and Mingle," to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Donna Clark is executive director of the foundation. She says the November 1st event is an adults-only evening of wine and beer tasting and great food selection, and all for a good cause:

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Albany Medical Center was recently named one of the Most Wired Hospitals in the nation, according to Hospitals and Health Networks. It is one of 375 hospitals in the United States to receive the designation, which is awarded based on an annual survey of hospitals’ use of technology with regard to clinical patient safety and other areas of hospital management. As part of our regular look at technology in our region, WAMC’s Jessica Bloustein Marshall spoke with Albany Medical Center’s Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, George Hickman.

Court Date For NY Woman Accused In One Fund Scam

Dec 2, 2013

The case of a New York woman accused of scamming almost half a million dollars from the Boston Marathon bombing victims fund is heading back to court this week.

Prosecutors said Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy got a $480,000 check from the One Fund after using faked medical records to claim she was treated at Boston Medical Center and Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., for traumatic brain injury suffered in the April 15 bombings.

Gause has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Gause is facing a hearing on her case on Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court.

More than 90 communities across the country take part in the Lung Cancer Alliance's Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil throughout the month of November. A Vigil at Albany Medical Center - Hilton Garden Inn will take place Thursday night, November 14th at 5:30pm.

The Alliance is looking to advocate for public health dollars for research for cheap, widely available early detection like a blood or urine tests, and provide patient support services. And they look to triple lung cancer survivorship by 2020. Joining us to tell us more:

Dr. Hilton Hossanah is here, he is a Thoracic Surgeon and Assistant Professor at Albany Medical Center. We also welcome Betsy McPhail:  She built a network of support as a caregiver, which gave her the support she needed to get through. Her 20's something sister was diagnosed and died from lung cancer. And Phyllis Goldstein is Director of Lung Cancer Alliance New York and a never smoker survivor who found the path of advocacy to honor the death of her best friend and her father to lung cancer.

Residents of two Capital Region municipalities have a chance to weigh in on issues impacting their communities tonight.

Albany Medical Center's $110 million plan to replace two city blocks in Park South with new residential, commercial and retail space is up for discussion at tonight's Common Council meeting at Albany City Hall.