Transforming Primary Care in New Jersey

Vanguard Medical Group is an independent primary care group practice in Northern and Central New Jersey.

Vanguard may be a good choice for primary care practices that want to join forces, to become part of a powerful and cohesive group of healthcare professionals with a sustainable business model. We strive for excellence in patient-centered care while managing healthcare costs, and maintaining high quality and patient satisfaction scores.

Who We Are

  • Patient-centered model of care
  • Offices in Cranford, Lincoln Park, Verona, North Haledon and Jersey City
  • NCQA Recognition as Patient Centered Medical Home
  • 140 employees
  • 35 medical providers
  • 50,000 active patients

Hospital Affiliations

  • Chilton Memorial Hospital
  • Morristown Medical Center
  • Mountainside/UHMC Hospital
  • Overlook Medical Center
  • Saint Clare’s Hospital
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center
  • St Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center (Wayne and Paterson campuses)
  • Jersey City Medical Center

Advanced Technology

  • Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  • Disease Registry
  • Population Health Analytics
  • Care Management Tools
  • Quality metrics tracking and reporting for CMS and major payers
  • Patient portal
  • E-visits
  • Online appointment scheduling

Quality Measures Compared to Peers (Source- PRIME Registry 2016 Data)

  • Controlling High Blood Pressure ↑12%
  • Tobacco Use Screening and Intervention ↑11%
  • Breast Cancer Screening ↑6%
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening ↑21%
  • Use of Appropriate Medications for Asthma ↑17%
  • Pneumonia Vaccine for Older Adults ↑14%


  • Achieved 90th percentile nationwide in quality measures by Horizon PCMH program
  • Identified as innovator in team-based care for patients through an AHRQ grant to RWJMS
  • The Economist (Sept. 2012) mentioned Vanguard as a leader in retooling healthcare scene

Cost and Utilization Indicators (Source – Horizon BC/BS Composite Data 2015)

  • 5.4% lower cost of care (per member per month)
  • 12% lower rate in emergency room visits
  • 10.6% lower rate of specialty care referrals
  • 23.4% lower rate in hospital inpatient admissions
  • 4.8% higher rate in the use of generic prescriptions

Primary Care Services

  • Chronic care management
  • Integrated behavioral health
  • Integrative Medicine and acupuncture
  • Pediatric care
  • Geriatrics, including home visit program
  • Sports medicine
  • Genetic testing
  • Travel Medicine

Our Leadership Team

  • Peter Carrazone, MD, President
  • Thomas McCarrick, MD, MBI Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Informatics Officer
  • Katherine Fowler, Executive Director
  • Peter Rutherford, Director of Finance
  • Janet Duni, RN, BSN, CCM, MPA, Director of Care Coordination
  • Lisa Hall, Director of Human Resources