Working together, and continuously evolving the way we care for you has always been at the core of who we are and what we do. Our team-based approach has a name: VanguardCare.

What is VanguardCare?

As a Vanguard patient, you have access to a team of healthcare professionals who know your unique medical history, preferences, and priorities. Your team includes doctors, nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, dedicated telehealth clinicians, dietitians, pharmacists, a specialist referral team, nurse care coordinators and healthcare team members.

Why does a team approach matter?

When everyone in the healthcare team knows you and uses their knowledge and skills effectively, you benefit. Team-based care helps us partner with you to be proactive about your health. You have increased access to care. If one of your primary care providers is unavailable, another provider can quickly access your history. In addition, you have a team to help you manage chronic conditions when needed, which in turn keeps you healthier and out of the hospital. A team-based approach helps create the best possible health outcomes.

You are at the center of the team.

As a Vanguard patient, you actively participate in the decision-making process. You provide updates about your health history. You ask questions and discuss your concerns with your team. Then, taking in consideration your preferences, your Vanguard team guides you to better health.

The benefits of team-based care:

  • Access to care: Team-based care can offer more hours of coverage and shorter wait times.
  • Enhanced patient experience: Patients get better outcomes when they see a healthcare team that is dedicated to their health and well-being.
  • Improved continuity of care: Strengthening the relationship between you and your provider and other team members can reduce gaps in care.
  • Better connection to you: Physicians and care team members can better connect with you to deliver the right care at the right time.
  • Access to services: Collaborating as a team can provide more effective and efficient delivery of services and reduce health care costs.
  • Improved health outcomes: Experienced clinicians and engaged patients can improve health outcomes.
  • Trusted referrals: Specialist referrals within your insurance network to providers with documented excellent outcomes help contain costs.

How to prepare for a team-based care visit

  • Make a list of questions or concerns before each appointment.
  • Bring a current list of medications and any changes to your health history.
  • Update the team on any changes in your health or lifestyle.
  • Let us know about any specialists or healthcare providers that are providing your care.
  • Clearly express your concerns and goals during appointments.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification or additional information.
  • Share your preferences and concerns regarding treatment plans.

What to expect at a team-based care visit

  • You’ll share important updates with the medical assistant who will enter this information in your chart.
  • You’ll spend time with the primary care provider for an evaluation of your health needs.
  • You’ll receive a care plan which may include referrals to other team members.

Schedule a visit today.

Serving New Jersey, Vanguard Medical Group offers in-person and telemedicine services. To schedule an appointment, call or email our Patient Access Team at 973-559-0081 or You can also contact your local provider’s office.