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CapitalCare Family Medicine Berne debuts Vitalist Health Program

CapitalCare Family Medicine Berne, a division of Community Care Physicians, gears up for a mid-October launch of its new Vitalist Health Program, made possible by funds from Alliance for Better Health



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            CONTACT:  Alicia Sikora, Director of Marketing

DATE: September 28, 2018                              PHONE:        518-452-1337 x7099


(BERNE, NY) – CapitalCare Family Medicine Berne, a division of Community Care Physicians, gears up for a mid-October launch of its new Vitalist Health Program, made possible by funds from Alliance for Better Health. Led by Dr. Kristin Mack, this new innovative program will allow the practice to “see” their patients without them having to travel to the office. It is designed for people who have trouble getting to the doctor’s office due to poor mobility, where there is a high risk of falling, or another limiting health condition. These patients will be able to see a doctor from the safety of their own home. A “Vitalist” is a community member that has been trained by the practitioners at Family Medicine Berne. They will come to the patient’s home and measure vital signs and will perform a medical exam using HIPAA-compliant video conferencing technology to connect to the practitioners at the practice. Currently, there are 9 Helderberg Ambulance members poised to become Vitalists, training began this week and will end on Saturday. The program is set to kick off on mid-October. The program’s motto is: Have you ever needed help getting to a doctor’s appointment? Our community is so strong, that your neighbors are helping the doctor get to you!

“Many of our patients are limited as to when and if they can come into the office, the rural area where I practice can be a challenge in the winter months and there are other limiting factors as well. Many patients do not have reliable transportation or are just too frail to make the trip in to see us” says Kristin Mack, DO, the sole physician of this key primary care practice. Patients in this area do not have many choices for primary care and often are forced to travel over an hour to a hospital. This program hopes to alleviate the need for some patients to have a hospital emergency visit and instead keep them healthy with more contact with their primary care office.


About Community Care Physicians
Community Care Physicians (CCP) is the largest independent multispecialty medical group in the Capital Region, with over 70 practices in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Warren counties. For over 30 years, this physician-owned, physician-run organization has been dedicated to the delivery of high quality, accessible, and convenient patient care for all ages using innovative technologies.  Recently consolidated with CapitalCare Medical Group, CCP now employs more than 1800 employees, including more than 800 healthcare professionals, who render healthcare services across over 70 primary care and specialty care offices. Services include internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, OB/GYN, urgent care, medical imaging, general surgery, vascular surgery, urology, hematology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, pediatric neurology, plastic surgery, audiology, dermatology, podiatry, physical therapy, bariatric medicine, behavioral health, occupational medicine, sports medicine, diabetes education, wellness, and telemedicine services, adult neurology, sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, nephrology, and developmental pediatrics. Community Care Physicians has been named a National Top Workplace, ranking #55 nationwide, a “Top Workplace” by the Albany Times Union for five consecutive years, and a “Great Place to Work” by the Albany Business Review seven times. Community Care Physicians welcomes new patients and participates with most major health insurances. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+,Instagram and online at

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