A Saratoga Springs family has donated $2.5 million to the Massry Family Children’s Emergency Care Center at Albany Medical Center, the region’s only pediatric emergency department.
The donation from Robert and Lisa Moser, and their children, Carson, 10, and Emery, 8, supports Albany Med’s latest project, bringing the amount raised to more than $17 million of the $20 million goal, hospital officials said.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held July 30 and it opened to the public Aug. 1. At the ribbon-cutting, which was attended by donors and leaders from business, government, the community and the hospital, Albany Med President and CEO James J. Barba said the pediatric emergency department is a place where parents can bring their children with confidence that they will receive the best care possible in an age-appropriate setting.
The total cost of the project is $50 million. Hospital officials said it is the only pediatric emergency department in northeastern New York and western New England.
“Our gift reflects our family’s commitment to improving the quality of everything that our region does for children,” said Moser, a real estate developer and owner of Prime Group Holdings. “The pediatric emergency department, like the Cleft-Craniofacial Center at Albany Med, which we are also proud to support, is focused squarely on children, making a difficult time easier for them and their families, providing a safe environment to get the best possible care and improving their overall experience. We are very pleased to be part of this important initiative.”
Barba said children in the region “will not only have access to excellent care from the finest and best-trained pediatric physicians and staff in our region, but they will receive it in a place of their own—a place that was created for children and families—a place like no other. Their gift will, no doubt, have a lasting impact on its future success, and we are most grateful.”
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 a 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.
Over the past year, the Moser family has donated more than $5 million to Albany Med projects. Last July, Albany Med announced a $2.5 million gift from the family to benefit the work of Dr. Oluwaseun (Seun) Adetayo and Albany Med’s Cleft-Craniofacial Center, which serves children from the region who are born with cleft, cranial and facial abnormalities.
The Mosers are natives of the Capital Region. Robert Moser is a graduate of Queensbury High School and Union College.Lisa Moser is a graduate of Hudson Falls High School and Siena College.
“The Massry Family Children’s Emergency Center stands as a visible symbol to the public of our strong and ongoing commitment to future generations,” said Barba. “This wonderful new facility was the next logical step in the creation of the highest quality health system for the children of our community.”
Albany Medical Center incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 450 doctors.