The year was 1984. Dr. Shirish Parikh, head of the Radiology Department at Albany's Veterans Administration Hospital, saw an opportunity to introduce progressive changes in radiological services. He and a colleague formed East Hudson Radiologists, P.C. and assumed operation of Samaritan Hospital's radiology department.
Believing that the key to making a difference in the radiology delivery system was to bring more subspecialists into the community, Dr. Parikh continually expanded the practice over the next decade — adding orthopedic radiologists, nuclear medicine and mammography specialists, and neurological radiologists. East Hudson Radiologists was able to attract these specialists by affiliating with various radiology groups, acquiring new hospital contracts and achieving a broad patient base that individual community hospitals could not provide for.
By 1993, East Hudson Radiologists had grown to encompass 20 radiologists serving four hospitals and three out-patient imaging centers, under the name ImageCare Medical Imaging, which cumulatively performed a quarter of the area's radiology procedures. Soon thereafter, recognizing a shortage of primary care physicians and the effects of managed care in a region unprepared for it, Dr. Parikh pioneered the idea of forming the first fully-integrated multispecialty group practice in the Capital Region. To reflect the new, expanded role of the practice, it was renamed East Hudson Community Care Physicians in 1993. The practice began negotiating with several primary care groups in 1995, and the first group of physicians came on board that spring.
Since then, the medical group has undergone extensive growth and has become the largest multispecialty medical group in the Capital Region. In January 2018, Community Care Physicians, P.C. and CapitalCare Medical Group, the second largest multispecialty medical group in the area, merged to form one, consolidated group practice. Today, Community Care Physicians, P.C. (CCP) is a New York State Professional Corporation and remains the largest independent multi-specialty medical group in upstate New York, with over 80 locations and over 2,000 employees, including over 400 practitioners. Community Care Physicians offers many different medical specialties including: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatric Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Audiology, Bariatric Medicine, Behavioral Health, Dermatology, Developmental Pediatrics, Diabetes Education and Nutrition, Endocrinology, General Surgery, Image Guided Radiation Therapy, Interventional Radiology, Laboratory, medical nutrition therapy, Medical Oncology and Hematology, Nephrology, Occupational Medicine, Pediatric and Adult Neurology, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Radiology (Medical Imaging), Sports Medicine, Telemedicine, Urgent Care, Urology, and Vascular Surgery.
Community Care Physicians, P.C. is a family of specialists and primary care practitioners who meet the health care needs of hundreds of thousands of patients every year throughout a six-county region, including Albany, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren counties.
In 2005, CCP became the first fully integrated healthcare organization in the area to transition physical patient charts to an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system. Since that time, CCP has continued to innovate, identifying new ways to integrate technology into patient care to enhance the patient-physician relationship and to simplify the delivery of care.
CCP continues to evolve. Building its physician network; adding new medical specialties; anticipating and adapting to changes in the health care delivery system; enhancing its high technology capabilities; improving population health; enhancing the patient experience; improving the work life of our care team; and constantly creating more cost-effective, expeditious ways to deliver the very best in healthcare. Together, we care for the health of the community, one patient at a time.