Employee Benefits and Advantages


Benefits and advantages are crucial to improving the wellbeing and work-life balance of employees. As a health care organization, we recognize the need to provide our employees with quality benefit plans that provide choice and value. Our workforce is our most valuable asset.

Benefits include:

  • Earned time off (holiday, vacation, personal, and sick time)
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Retirement plans including pension and 403(b)
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Employer paid Group Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Voluntary life insurance, critical illness, accident, and pet insurance
  • Disability benefits
  • No-cost access to on-site fitness center
  • Discounts on various programs and services

The Albany Medical Center Employee Medical Plan is a self-funded plan administered by CDPHP. The pharmacy benefit is administered by Express Scripts. All Albany Medical Center employees and their dependents, regardless of their health insurance coverage plan, are welcome to call and schedule new appointments with our providers at 518-AMC-TEAM (518-262-8326).

Advantages & Wellbeing

In addition to our core benefits, Albany Medical Center offers a variety of perks, advantages, and discounts to help improve the quality of life of our staff. We also have a wide array of services and programs to support emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing. We can accomplish great things as a team; the greatest is how we care for our patients, each other, and ourselves.

Albany Med Kids Child Care

Located close to campus, licensed program offering full-and part-time child care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Albany Medical Center employees receive a 20% discount. Learn more.


Two convenient main campus locations near Choices Café and at the Broadview lobby, and another at South Clinical Campus.

Bicycle Storage

Bike corrals located in the 60 New Scotland garage and outside the R Building secured with card readers, cameras, and security response alarms.

Choices Café

Whether dining in or picking up a meal on the go, employees can enjoy a variety of culinary options from around the world, and a 20% discount, at the conveniently located cafes on the main campus, South Clinical Campus, and 1275 Broadway. On the Main Campus, Choices also offers coffee kiosk in the Concourse.


A 24/7 full-service Dunkin’ is located in the main hospital.

Gift Shop

Find flowers, candy, stamps, magazines, seasonal items, and Albany Med Health System merchandise on the main campus and South Clinical Campus.


A full-service Subway is located in the main hospital.

U.S. Postal Service Mailboxes

Mailboxes are conveniently located on the main campus outside the R Building and South Clinical Campus.

AHP Homeownership Center

A full-service nonprofit resource for homebuyers and homeowners throughout the Capital Region offering one-on-one counseling and homebuyer education. AHP can help with credit repair, budgeting for homeownership, and identifying down payment assistance programs. It also assists existing homeowners with information about home repair programs, mortgage modification programs, and other strategies to avoid foreclosure.

Bellini’s Counter

Albany Medical Center employees enjoy a 10% discount at the Park South location at 33 New Scotland Avenue.

Buenau’s Opticians Inc

Offers Albany Medical Center employees and family 25% off full eye exams, a complete pair of frames and lenses and new contact lens fittings, 20% off non-prescription sun wear.

Buyer’s Edge Inc

This is a consumer buying service that negotiates extra discounts through a network of participating vendors. The network can help with both large ticket purchases and recreational needs.

CDPHP Cycle!

Bicycles are free for Albany Medical Center employees. Explore nearby neighborhoods, run errands, or change up your commute.

CDTA Universal Access

Through our partnership, Albany Medical Center employees can ride CDTA buses for free—anywhere, any time.  Enjoy universal access to all CDTA regular route services, Northway Xpress, BusPlus and STAR services with a swipe of your ID badge.

Community Outreach Volunteer Opportunities

Various opportunities are available throughout the year, including fundraising walks, a golf tournament, delivery of Thanksgiving meals to area families, and more.

DiNapoli Opticians

Albany Medical Center employees and their immediate family eligible for 10% discount on contact lenses, solutions and accessories, 15% discount on prescription lenses, 20% discount on complete pair of frames and lenses. A 25% discount is offered on non-prescription sun wear.

ESP Employee Services Program

Iroquois Employee Services Program has established partnership with various businesses for a variety of local, regional, and national discounts and services. Albany Medical Center employees can access online discounts and services such as amusement park tickets, hotel and travel discounts and electronics.

Judy Torel’s Training, Coaching, Nutrition and Lifestyle Therapy Services

Offers coaching on how to change eating patterns and weight loss. Albany Medical Center employees receive 10% discount on services.

New England Nanny

This premier home-help agency offers full-time, part-time, and temporary nannies, babysitters, nanny share, senior care, housekeeping, and other household services throughout the Capital Region. Albany Medical Center employees receive 50% off the annual membership fee and a complimentary on-site needs assessment consultation with a representative.

Perks at Work

An employee discount program designed to help staff find the perks that matter to them. Including everything from booking a weekend getaway to buying a laptop, Perks at Work is a private network that has negotiated with thousands of merchants to offer value and a pricing advantage.

Working Advantage

Working Advantage offers staff discounts on consumer goods, health and wellness options, and financial services.

FirstNet Built with AT&T

A nationwide, high-speed wireless broadband network that offers a set of specialized, innovative tools, technologies, and features specifically built for those working in public health and safety.

Grow Our Own

Designed to assist Albany Medical Center employees who want to pursue a career in nursing. Employees accepted into Grow Our Own receive financial support and some paid time off to study. We also offer the co-requisite college classes, through HVCC, for free on the Albany Medical Center campus.

Tuition Affiliations

The College of Saint Rose: This affiliation offers Albany Medical Center employees 20% off the current rate of graduate tuition for all coursework toward a Master of Science in Social Work at the College of Saint Rose.

Hudson Valley Community College: Albany Medical Center offers free HVCC courses for nursing studies as part of the Grow Our Own program.

Tuition Reimbursement

Annual reimbursement amount: $3,000 is available for eligible staff. Reimbursement eligibility is dependent upon the employee’s length of service, full-time employee status, and course dates.

Albany Med Fitness

Located on campus, all staff and students, including Aramark employees, have free 24/7 access to the fitness center.


As part of Albany Medical Center’s CDPHP health plan, staff and their families have access to a virtual platform that provides emotional and mental health support.

Best Fitness

Located at Westgate Plaza, 911 Central Avenue, Albany, the fitness center provides equipment, classes, education, programs, and more. Albany Medical Center employees receive free enrollment and complementary health assessment with goal planning and health risk evaluation.

HR InTouch Benefits Portal

Online resource where benefit plan members can download forms, get answers to common questions and access other helpful links.

Outpatient Pharmacy

Located in the main hospital, the pharmacy offers employees and their dependents competitive prices on prescription and over-the-counter medications. Curbside pickup is also available for customers unable to enter the building.

Albany Medical Center employees receive 10% off monthly tuition. Classes are available for children and adults of all ages. Seminars, private lessons, and workshops are available for one-on-one or groups. Call 518-458-1011 for more information.

Schott’s Boxing and Fitness

10% monthly discount on membership for Albany Medical Center employees. The center offers boxing for fitness classes to men and women ages 12-70+.

Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center

The JCC offers corporate membership rates to all Albany Medical Center employees, which includes a 10% discount on family, couple and individual membership (waiver of $100 registration fee). State-of-the-art fitness center, group exercise courses, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gymnasium, after school activities, early childhood and senior programs, and summer camp.

21BOOM Fitness

21BOOM offers online, live, and interactive strategic movement sessions for body-friendly exercise to help you look good and feel great.

Albany Med employees receive the $290 Ideal Program for the enhanced program price of $199 or 50 percent off the self-guided program. 21BOOM also offers private, group, and self-guided training options.

5-Minute Meditations

Access a variety of mindful videos/meditations available on demand. The videos offer various stress management strategies that can be applied every day.


Staff suicide prevention program. Learning Module: “Suicide Prevention/ACE” Basic and Advanced formats.

Capital EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

Our partnership with Capital EAP gives our workforce free and confidential access to counseling and support sessions, a 24-hour crisis hotline, legal and financial referrals, and more.

Capital Region Employer Resource Network (CRERN)

Provides assistance to those needing support navigating life circumstances. CRERN Success Coaches work closely with Capital EAP to provide a comprehensive support network.

Communication Skills Fair

Offered semi-annually or quarterly with a focus on communication basics and conflict management.

Crisis Assessment Management & Prevention (CAMP)

One eight-hour class with training from the NYS Office of Mental Health on self-regulation, de-escalation (verbal and non-verbal), patient-centered care, difficult populations, physical maneuvers for safety, Code 10 protocols, SIT protocol and charting, lateral violence prevention, and Code Silver training.

Employee “Map Walk”

Provides an easy means to map walking routes at work or home.

A Lesson of Hope: A Discussion of Values and Meaning in Moral Adversity

An in-person discussion of values, virtues and personal meaning to assist in coping with situations of moral adversity and distress.

Medical Society of New York’s Peer to Peer Program (MSSNY P2P)

Program offered to physicians, residents, and medical students to talk with a peer about life stressors.

Mindful Meditation

A weekly 15-minute guided mindful meditation session offered through Albany Medical Center's Spiritual Care.

Nurse Residency Program

Seven four-hour sessions for new nurse graduates that focus on holistic wellbeing and professional growth of newly licensed registered nurses. Provides new graduate RNs with tools and strategies for building moral resilience.

Nursing Room for Moms

Located on the Main Campus. Available 24/7 for working moms who are nursing their infants.

Spiritual Care

For our staff, Spiritual Care offers a non-judgmental listening ear, support for stress, assistance for those struggling with emotional or spiritual issues, and help for those struggling with the loss of a patient or loved one.

Pet Therapy

Our therapy dogs are trained to engage with staff for the purpose of stress and tension reduction. Therapy is offered to individual staff as well as in a group setting.

Resident Professional Wellbeing Program

Resident Wellbeing Committee, EMed group session, Peds group session, drop-in counseling, community wellbeing sessions, wellbeing video series, disability support group.

Schwartz Rounds

Held every month, the program offers all staff a regularly scheduled time to openly and honestly discuss the social and emotional issues of daily work. Leaders in various fields, clinical and non-clinical, participate in the sessions which are held in a confidential and structured environment. After listening to panelists’ share their stories/experiences, attendees are invited to share their own perspectives.

Seen, Heard, and Validated

A short intervention that assists with developing cohesion which is the bond of confidence among those in a nursing unit. Encourages mutual trust and interdependency among staff whose collective skills are needed to successfully take care of patients as well as support each other.

Self-Regulation Skills: Interoceptive and Emotional Awareness

Ten-minute education teaches individuals to regulate themselves by bringing awareness to their bodily sensations, named emotions, and breathing for calmness. The actual intervention takes about one to two minutes and is designed for staff to use during initial huddle and any time they feel stressed.

Smoking and Tobacco Cessation

Albany Medical Center is committed to helping staff, students and volunteers quit tobacco use by providing a variety of opportunities for education and assistance.

One-on-One: Meet with a facilitator at your convenience for information, support and referrals tailored to your individual needs. Appointments are available days, evenings, nights and weekends.

90-minute workshops provide an overview of the quit process. The session includes a 60-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute question and answer period. Workshops are scheduled by request.

Longer term classes are available to small groups (up to 15). These classes provide more time to discuss topics such as medications, weight gain and stress management. The group format also provides peer support. Classes are presented in four sessions over three weeks and are scheduled by request.

Staff Training Services: Individual training or unit/department wide in-services are available covering any topic related to treating tobacco use and dependence.

Student Professional Wellbeing Program

Student Wellbeing Committee, wellbeing series Mondays/Wednesdays, drop-in counseling, mentoring program, wellbeing leadership utilizing Stanford Model to map programming, wellbeing video series, disability support group.

Support Our Staff (S.O.S.)

The S.O.S. team provides spiritual and emotional support to Albany Medical Center colleagues during difficult times or when they or their department are experiencing a crisis or stress.

Team Debriefing – Infant Loss

Team debriefing occurs following all neonatal deaths. This includes monthly (or bi-weekly) sessions with all team members involved with the loss of the infant’s life, also including families. The team commemorates these lives with a symbolic Tree of Life displayed by staff.

Unit Based Support Group

Provides a standardized guidance for creating a formal staff support group within a unit. Staff members are empowered to be responsible for leading their own group once the structure is developed.

Eligibility for each program is outlined in the employee manual and may be dependent on employment status, schedule of work hours, and other factors. This summary only highlights Albany Medical Center’s employee benefit program. The actual terms of the various employee benefit plans are stated in and governed by the formal plan documents. A participant and/or beneficiary, shall not have any right to benefits under the plans that in any way interferes with Albany Medical Center’s right to terminate or amend any plan. Albany Medical Center makes no promise to continue plan benefits in the future and rights to future benefits will never vest (except to the extent provided in an Albany Medical Center retirement plan).