Albany Med plans to add 288 new jobs

Albany Medical Center officials said Thursday they plan to add 288 full-time jobs this year.
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Albany Medical Center officials said Thursday they plan to add 288 full-time jobs this year.

Spokesman Greg McGarry said the jobs will be added across the board, including at the hospital, at Albany Medical College and in administration.

McGarry said Albany Medical Center added 188 jobs last year, and the new jobs will bring total employment to about 7,000.

Albany Medical Center Hospital on New Scotland Avenue has been steadily growing, admitting more than 31,000 patients last year, compared with 25,000 in 2001, McGarry said. He said transfers from other hospitals have been rising, particularly from small institutions that do not have certain specialists or high-tech equipment on site — where Albany Medical Center Hospital does, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The increased demand for services is spurring the increased hiring, McGarry said. Albany Med has been expanding, adding office space and even finding room for a new Hilton hotel on its grounds, where visitors and patients’ families can stay. It expects more growth in the future, he said, as the baby boom generation ages. The city of Albany also plans to upgrade the neighborhood and build new office, residential and retail space as part of its Park South redevelopment project.

Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, R-Brunswick, cited the Albany Med hirings as an example of the Capital Region’s economic strength in a speech Thursday to the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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