Stewart’s Shops & Dake Family make $500K Gift to Albany Med

Stewart’s Shops and the Dake family continue their long tradition of generous support for Albany Med with their latest gift of $500,000 to Albany Med’s new pediatric emergency department, recently named the Massry Family Children’s Emergency Center.

The Saratoga-based company and family were early supporters of Albany Med’s latest project, helping it reach the $14.5 million mark toward the fundraising goal of $20 million; the total cost of the project is $50 million. When it opens in summer 2018, it will be the only pediatric emergency department in northeastern New York and western New England.

“Stewart’s and the Dake family are committed to ensuring that all our shops’ communities are strong and healthy, said Susan Law Dake, president of the Stewart’s Foundation. “We are happy to be part of Albany Med’s commitment to pediatric heath.”

The Massry Family Children’s Emergency Center will be exclusively for children and teens through 18 years old, and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days week, year-round. The four-story, 70,000-square-foot facility, which will be located adjacent to the current Emergency Department, is designed specifically for the needs of children and their families, and offers access to the full range of pediatric specialists. It will be staffed by physicians, nurses and mid-level providers specially trained in pediatric emergency medicine.

“For many years, the Dake family and Stewart’s have been stalwarts in helping Albany Med provide the best possible care to the families and children of our region. Their generosity, time and time again, has allowed us to create and expand programs as well as to plan for the future health needs of northeastern New York and western New England. We continue to be very grateful for their friendship and significant support,” said James J. Barba, president and CEO of Albany Med.

Since 1990, Stewart’s and the Dake family have made numerous important gifts to Albany Med, totaling more than $3.5 million, including significant funding to the Patient Pavilion, completed in 2013. They are also the lead sponsor of the Grow Our Own Fund in Nursing Education, a program that provides Albany Med employees with the financial and educational resources to become registered nurses. Their support has also allowed Albany Medical College to establish the Phyllis E. Dake Chair in Movement Disorders as well as the Phyllis E. Dake Endowed Neuroscience Fellowship. They have also funded the child life program at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med through the Stewart’s Holiday Match Program.

“Because of generous donors like the Dakes, the new children’s ED will make the entire experience a lot easier for families and less frightening for children. And they will receive the specialized care they need from the region’s only staff trained specifically in pediatric emergency medicine.,” said Christopher King, M.D., chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Albany Med, adding that the new pediatric ED is the front door to the region’s only children’s hospital, the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med.

Annually, there are more than 16,000 pediatric visits to Albany Med’s Emergency Department: 80 percent of the children are treated and released, while 20 percent are admitted to the children’s hospital.

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