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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 4, 2013

Contact: Angela L. Yu
Media Relations Manager
(518) 271-5045



    RENSSELAER, N.Y. –March 4, 2013 – Family Medical Group of Rensselaer, a primary care center affiliated with St. Peter’s Health Partners – the region’s largest healthcare system – has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) with a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program award.

     The Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 is an innovative, established model of care designed to strengthen the clinician-patient relationship by replacing episodic care with coordinated care and a long-term healing relationship. A primary care clinician, leading a team that takes collective responsibility for patient care, works to develop a relationship which provides for the patient’s individual health care needs and arranges for appropriate care with other qualified clinicians.

     As a result, patients in the medical home receive more personalized, coordinated, effective and efficient care through a high level of accessibility, excellent communications, and skilled professionals who take full advantage of the latest information technology to prescribe, track test results, obtain clinical support information and monitor performance. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and improved care experiences for both patients and providers.

    “We are very proud to be recognized with this prestigious award which reflects our commitment in using evidence-based, patient-centered processes and highly coordinated care to achieve a successful partnership of care with our patients,” said Norman E. Dascher, Jr., chief executive officer of Samaritan and St. Mary’s hospitals, and vice president of acute care – Troy, St. Peter’s Health Partners. “This honor is the result of the dedication of our entire staff and the healthful relationships that they have fostered to empower our patients at Family Medical Group.”

     “The patient-centered medical home raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. PCMH recognition shows that Family Medical Group has the tools, systems and resources to provide patients with the right care at the right time.

    The Level III PCMH award, valid for three years, requires scoring and compliance in 10 key areas, including: the adoption and implementation of evidence-based guidelines for three chronic conditions; active support of patient self-management; patient access and patient communication standards; use of paper or electronic charting tools to organize clinical information; systematic tracking of tests, follow up on test results, and critical referrals; measurement of clinical and/or service performance; and performance reporting by physicians.    

    To achieve the recognition, Family Medical Group had to meet standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

    “We are empowering our patients and supporting them in becoming active participants in managing and improving their own health and well-being,” Dascher explained.  “We are indeed transforming health care at the local level. Our patients have entrusted us as their care partners and we will continue to strive to provide the highest quality care possible for all our patients across the Capital Region.”

    NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumer, purchases, health care providers and researchers. For more information, please visit


    St. Peter’s Health Partners was created on October 1, 2011 by the merger of Northeast Health, St. Peter’s Health Care Services and Seton Health. The merger created the region’s largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit network of high-quality, advanced medical care, primary care, rehabilitation and senior services. These state-of-the-art services and programs are provided through Albany Memorial Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany; Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy; Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady; as well as The Eddy system of continuing care and The Community Hospice. The new organization has more than 12,000 employees at more than 165 locations in seven counties of northeastern New York. St. Peter’s Health Partners is the region’s largest private employer and has an annual budget of nearly $1.2 billion. For more information, please visit


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