November 14, 2020 Healthy Living

Frontline Hero: Dr. Ronald Musto, Community Care Physicians, P.C.

The People’s Choice Awards.

Nominated by their patients and peers, these individuals are being recognized for showing compassion, care, and concern in the midst of a global pandemic.

Dr. Ronald Musto

When Dr. Ronald Musto got the call that he had been chosen for the CDPHP Top Doctors: Frontline Heroes award, he was relieved it wasn’t more bad news.

“These days, the news is rarely good. I was surprised I had been nominated, and relieved there wasn’t a serious problem to deal with!”

Dr. Musto is an internist at Capital Healthcare Associates, and executive vice president and medical director for Community Care Physicians (CCP). He was chosen by CEO Dr. Shirish Parikh to lead the company’s COVID -19 Response Team to provide the company’s practices with the right tools to keep patients and staff safe. Dr. Musto refuses to take credit for what he calls a “massive team effort,” but is very proud of the talented team he assembled.

“I surrounded myself with bright, dedicated, and creative people who worked hard to understand the disease, interpret the guidance, and translate all of that into policies and procedures to protect our staff, patients, and community.”

There’s obviously a lot of stress and anxiety out there, but I’ve been so impressed by the resiliency of our community.”

Dr. Ronald Musto
Community Care Physicians, P.C.

That includes the practice’s IT and operations team, which, seemingly overnight, implemented a telemedicine solution that allowed patients to continue seeing their doctors in a virtual environment. At the height of the pandemic, Musto says 40 percent of their visits were conducted via telemedicine. CCP was also the only private practice to establish COVID-19 molecular testing for its patients at a time when there were no other options available. To date, they’ve performed over 17,000 diagnostic tests. 

Dr. Ronald Musto

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Musto is not only proud of the way his team responded to the crisis, but how his patients have responded as well.

“There’s obviously a lot of stress and anxiety out there, but I’ve been so impressed by the resiliency of our community. Many of my patients have taken up quilting, baking, gardening, which means they’re finding healthy ways to preserve their mental well-being. That’s very reassuring.”

John D. Bennett, MD, FACC, FACP
About Author

Dr. Bennett was named president and CEO of CDPHP in 2008, after serving as chairman of the board since 2003, vice chairman since 1999, and board member since 1996. Prior to working at CDPHP, Dr. Bennett served as chief of the division of cardiology at Albany Memorial Hospital, was a member of Northeast Health Systems’ board of directors, and chaired the department of medicine. Dr. Bennett also served as CEO of Prime Care Physicians, PPLC, where he practiced cardiology with Albany Associates in Cardiology. Dr. Bennett chairs the board of directors for the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (Hixny). In addition, he is a member of the boards of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Colonie Senior Service Centers, the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, the Center for Economic Growth, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC), and the Palace Theatre. Dr. Bennett earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, and a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He completed his residency in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Albany Medical Center. Currently, he is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Bennett is board certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialties in internal medicine and cardiology.

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