As part of our transition to a fully operational Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), we’ve reorganized our practice into two care teams – Green and Purple. Each team includes physicians, physician assistants (PAs), medical assistants (MAs), administrative support personnel and, of course, you, the patient, at the center.
The green team includes: Laura Zucker, MD, Wayne Altman, MD, Betsy Shor, PA-C, Casey Gaffney, PA-C and Brian Penti, MD.
The purple team includes: Stan Sagov, MD, Karen Hinchen, PA-C, Emily Valkenburgh, MD, Emily Tang, PA-C and Elly Tsai, MD.
We also have the CIC team, which focuses on your behavioral health and wellness needs as it is comprised of 1 psychologist, a social worker, and a dietitian. The CIC supports both the Green and Purple teams.
The CIC team includes: Stephanie Power, PhD, Peter McEntee, LICSW and Kerri Hawkins, RD, LDN.
What does it mean to be part of a team? The role of each team member during your visit – who will be taking your vitals, reviewing your meds and allergies, performing the basic exam, etc. – will be maximized within the scope of their licensure and skills so that the appropriate person is doing the right task for you at the right time. Another aspect of team-based care that helps improve communication is “huddling.” A huddle is a meeting, before the start of clinic, that happens each day with every team member discussing every patient’s medical history, medications, needed tests and procedures, and physical or psychosocial issues. Being part of a team means there are other medical professionals on the team who know you, who are familiar with your history and can either respond in your providers absence or see that you are assigned to an appropriate substitute. This is especially helpful for urgent visits that were not planned in advance. Overall, working in teams allows us to provide safe, effective, efficient, and equitable care in a way that is respectful of your needs and values. If you have not met everyone on your team, let us know at your next visit. We will be happy to introduce you!