ALBANY – Dr. Ferdinand J. Venditti, Albany Medical Center’s executive vice president and hospital general director, will retire in February, Albany Med President and CEO Dennis P. McKenna announced Monday.
Venditti, a Schenectady native, managed Albany Med’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He also coordinated the regional health care providers’ communication efforts in the early stages. Venditti called last year the most humbling of his career.
“Albany Med, and our region, are better because of Fred’s leadership,” McKenna said in a prepared statement. “His exemplary guidance of our most transformative initiatives, and our battle to end the coronavirus pandemic, will certainly be legend on this campus. Fred’s vision, smart decisions and character are surely seen in our growth and success over challenges, but it is most acutely felt in the level of quality care we provide our community.”
Venditti started at Albany Med in 1999. In more than two decades, he has also taught; been a department chair and a vice dean in the medical college; and overseen the faculty practice. He grew the practice by more than 170 doctors and added new programs at Albany Med. He rose to his current position in 2015.