Northern California’s premier provider of medical and surgical care north of the Golden Gate has been serving individuals and families since 1975. That’s the year Cardiology Associates of Santa Rosa, Inc. first opened its doors. Later, responding to the changing health care industry of the 90s, it merged with several private practices, broadly expanding its breadth and scope of care. This radical expansion carried significant patient benefits in terms of quality, convenience and cost and resulted in today’s Northern California Medical Associates, Inc., or NCMA.
NCMA has successfully created a model featuring an independent, multi-specialist group practice that allows their patients access to a sweeping range of medical and surgical services, diagnostic testing and preventive programs at a relatively low cost. Today, people who join NCMA enter into a quality health care partnership with dedicated professionals that will last a lifetime, whether in times of illness or peak health.
NCMA’s practice boasts the only established cardiac rehabilitation, lipid treatment, congestive heart failure, and adult fitness program north of the Golden Gate. It employs the most highly respected primary care physicians and specialists in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties, and is the premier provider of cardiovascular surgery state-wide. As testimony to its exceptional record, it received the HealthGrades 5-star cardiovascular program award for the past three years.
NCMA’s stature allows for recruitment and retention of sought-after clinical and operational personnel in a challenging health care market. Key personnel include a masters educated and clinically trained CEO. Directors and managers bring extensive “hands-on” care experience, an important factor in the group’s successful integration of health care management and quality care.
What sets NCMA apart in the region? Its medical team is composed of highly skilled physicians – primary care, specialty trained and board certified – seven nurse practitioners and other health care professionals. Besides internal and family medicine practices, specialty areas include cardiology, cardiovascular/thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, endovascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, podiatry, urology, pulmonology, and otolaryngology (ENT; ear, nose & throat). Every member of the NCMA team shares a strong commitment to preventive programs and health screening designed to promote and maintain patients’ everyday health.
NCMA’s cardiology practice represents approximately 65 percent of the Sonoma County volume, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery represents approximately 80 percent and internal medicine approximately 55 percent. The group serves patients in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties with locations in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg, Ukiah, Ft. Bragg, Gualala, Lakeport, and Sonoma.
Centralized administration provides streamlined professional practice management that includes physician recruitment, billing, contracting, purchasing, collections, human resources, accounting and reporting functions.
NCMA’s physicians and management have successfully built on their legacy to create a health care group that’s recognized as one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective in the nation.