For more than 40 years, the central mission of the Internist Associates of Central New York has been to provide quality internal medicine and related services to their patients in a courteous, professional and efficient manner.
Highly personalized care
IACNY offers adult primary care (internal medicine) and other specialties including podiatry, pulmonology and endocrinology. In-house services include diabetes education, geriatric care, laboratory, osteoporosis center, radiology, research and sleep services. IACNY’s staff of more than 120 works to serve more than 30,000 patients a year.
Although that may seem like a large number of patients, the level of service received at IACNY’s Syracuse and Manlius locations is second to none, according to IACNY Practice Manager Kimberly Sullivan-Dec, MPH.
“Many times, at other practices, patients wait for a long time and end up only spending a few minutes with their physician,” Sullivan-Dec said. “That doesn’t happen here. Our patients receive highly individualized care with a very distinct focus on the relationship between the physician, the patient and their family.”
the 15 primary care physicians, along with the three specialists and five nurse practitioners, at the two locations are “some of the best in the community,” Sullivan-Dec said.
“They are a very stable group of primary care physicians that, with the exception of our two newest hires, have been with the practice for 10 years or more,” she said. “Some of them have been [at IACNY] since its inception.”
Two physicians join the team
The two newest primary care physicians, Dr. Naile Barzaga Hazrati and Dr. Jane Hudson, bring extensive experience to IACNY.
Dr. Barzaga Hazrati worked at Finger Lakes Medical Associates in Geneva and most recently in private practice in New Jersey. She formerly served as diabetes care coordinator for Northeast Valley Health Corp. in Los Angeles. Dr. Barzaga Hazrati practices out of IACNY’s Syracuse location.
Dr. Hudson most recently served as a hematology/oncology attending physician at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, and was an assistant professor in the SUNY Upstate Department of Medicine. Dr. Hudson practices out of IACNY’s Manlius location.
“There have been a number of studies that show there is a shortage of primary care physicians in this community,” Sullivan-Dec said. “We are fortunate that we are able to attract and retain such talented physicians.”
In December 2011, IACNY achieved the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Level 3 recognition for both its Syracuse and Manlius locations. This is the highest level of recognition available to practices. To achieve this status, IACNY went through a rigorous application process.
According to NCQA, the program fosters “relationships between primary care providers, their patients and patients’ families, and promotes…goals [including] improving the patient experience, recognizing clinicians for their efforts and providing confidence for purchasers that their dollars are spent on quality care. Ultimately, patients receive care when and where they need it, in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. This increasingly popular delivery system innovation leads to safer, higher quality of care, more empowered patients and a renewal of the patient-provider relationship.”
“This is truly an incredible accomplishment for the practice,” Sullivan-Dec said.
Additionally, the Syracuse office has been recognized by NCQA’s Diabetes Recognition Program, designed to recognize physicians and other clinicians who use evidence-based measures and provide excellent care to their patients with diabetes.
Internist Associates of Central New York has two locations: 739 Irving Ave., Suite 200, Syracuse, 479-5070; and 102 West Seneca St., Suite 100, Manlius, 682-6600. For more information call the office or visit iacny.com.