OUR HISTORY

Capital Cardiology Associates

THE BEGINNING

1980
Troy Cardiology and F2G2

The roots of Capital Cardiology Associates trace back to two seperate practices, The Troy Cardiology Group and F2G2.
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July 1, 1980

Troy Cardiology Group formed by Dr. Martin Echt
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July 1, 1980

Troy Cardiology Group formed by Dr. Martin Echt
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January 1, 1982

Dr. Lundgren joins Dr. Echt

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July 1984

F2G2 is formed when Drs. Formel, Fillipone, Gay, and Grubs combine practices

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July 1, 1986

Dr. Papandrea joins Albany Group

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September 1, 1989

Dr. Macina joins the practice

A Benchmark Practice
The CCA Story

It’s 1995 and two separate, small groups of cardiologists struggle in an environment that is quickly changing, requiring collaboration to continue business operations. The physicians are separated by the Hudson River but united in a desire to succeed in providing the best cardiac care to the Capital District and beyond.

The group of doctors soon merge to create a new practice, Capital Cardiology Associates (CCA), twelve cardiologists with Dr. Martin Echt as CEO. They initially provided services to Samaritan Hospital in Troy and St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. Their strategy was simple; they would be available anytime, anywhere, and at a moment’s notice. They shared the belief that there should be no barriers to the community seeking cardiac care. This drive created a reputation as a benchmark cardiology practice with a track record of reliability, success, and trustworthiness.

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January 1, 1990

Albany and Troy groups merge to form Capital Cardiology Associates
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March 1, 1990

Dr. Delago, Dr. Constantino, and Dr. Cuttrone added to CCA
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March 1, 1994

Dr. Atalay joins CCA

I joined CCA because of the quality of the physicians in the group, many of whom were my former fellows. The most important element in the success of this group has been the unbelievable talent and work ethic of the group and the excellent subsequent recruits. The expertise in individual subspecialty areas in cardiology and the lack of fear to venture into new and challenging new fields has enabled the exponential growth and ongoing success we can all be proud of.

Hasan Atalay

MD, FACC, Capital Cardiology Associates

Growth and innovation

The 1990s

In the mid-1990s, CCA established a relationship with Albany Medical Center. Dr. Augustin “Gus” Delago became the lead CCA physician there and soon Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, a title that he has held ever since. He created The Transfer Center at CCA, which simplified the process of transfers to the cath lab from outlying communities to Albany for cardiac procedures. Dr. Delago is now one of the nation’s leaders in structural heart procedures in addition to being the President and CEO of Capital Cardiology Associates.

Cardiac Catheterization

Also known as an angiography, this diagnostic procedure looks at the heart’s blood vessels, chambers, and valves. If a blockage is present, it may be corrected or referred for surgery.

Transfer Center

Located in our Corporate Woods and Troy locations, the Transfer Center is a dedicated team of registered nurses and medical professionals who aid in coordinating patient procedures performed at Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Hospital, and Samaritan Hospital.

Along with creating an outstanding reputation, CCA endeavored to embrace technology to improve business efficiencies and patient care. We were one of the first to adopt electronic billing in the private sector. We worked with a local vendor to design an electronic health record from the physician’s point of view. This allowed our team to spend more time with the patient and less time dictating. Our electronic health record was available 24/7 from anywhere in the world, allowing doctors quick and easy access to the patient’s entire health record within minutes. These functions were innovative in the late 1990s, setting the standard for today’s electronic health records information systems. They included in the design the ability to pull data from thousands of patient records that would evaluate the success of their care and treatment. This lead to the formation of the Research Dept at CCA, where being able to assess the outcomes of methods used to treat coronary artery disease is paramount to success.

Innovative Information Systems
“It is quite difficult now to appreciate how progressive those steps were in the 90s. To my knowledge, no other practice had them.”
Martin Echt

MD, former CEO, Capital Cardiology Associates

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July 1996

Dr. Morris joins CCA
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November 1, 1997

Dr. Shah joins CCA
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June 1997

Dr. Putnam merges with CCA
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July 1997

Dr. Benton begins with CCA

Early 2000’s

By 2005, Capital Cardiology was fully established as a group and had gained 50% of the market share in the capital district. Today, we are one of a handful of independent practices pressing ahead of the curve of business consolidation.

CCA was the first independent practice to offer Cardiac CT. Because it was new technology, the insurance companies were not yet convinced that it was safer and better than sending patients to the cath lab for evaluation and treatment of their chest pain. Our team performed cardiac CT tests without compensation to prove with science and outcomes that this was indeed better for the patient. In time the insurance companies were on board, and now it is an unquestioned standard of care. Later we upgraded our CT machine leading to faster imagery and less exposure to radiation, making it the lowest exposure in the capital district.

Capital Cardiology Associates uses GE Healthcare’s CardioGraphe™, the only dedicated cardiovascular CT scanner

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2000

CT surgeons merge
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March 2, 2001

Dr. Santoro joins CCA
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July 1, 2001

Dr. Papaleo begins in Troy Office
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August 2, 2002

Dr. Smith joins CCA
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2003

Oneonta Office opens
led by Dr. Zhou
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2004

Pittsfield Office opens
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January 1, 2006

Dr. Seedhom begins at CCA
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May 23, 2006

Dr. Phelan begins at CCA
ENHANCED CARDIAC ACCESS

CCA started the first walk-in urgent cardiac care center in Corporate Woods call Enhanced Cardiac Access in 2014. This has been a great benefit to referring physicians and the public at large, avoiding an expensive ED visit with rapid evaluation and treatment in the office setting. Unprecedented throughout the state and very successful in lowing the cost of health care.

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July 1, 2008

Dr. Sullenberger and
Dr. Uzzilia’s 1st day
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July 1, 2009

Dr. Feygin starts in Troy
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August 3, 2009

Dr. Bernstein joins CCA
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June 2012

Dr. Zuravicky’s office merges with CCA

CCA was the first practice to offer Cardiac PET in an office setting, as well as Transesophageal Echocardiograms, which had previously been performed only in the hospital.

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Dec 2011

1st TAVR by
Dr. DeLago
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Jul 1, 2012

Dr. Zuravicky
joins CCA
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Sep 1, 2013

Dr. Winston
starts at CCA
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Jan 2014

1st MitraClip
by Dr. DeLago
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Jul 7, 2014

Dr. Maroney
joins CCA
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Aug 11, 2014

Dr. Alimohommad
joins CCA
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May 23, 2016

1st Watchman by Dr. O’Brien
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Sep 2017

1st PET Scanner
opens
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Jan 2019

1,000th TEE
Procedure
Performed
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Nov 7, 2019

Dr. Massie
starts at CCA

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and beyond

CCA has grown to 34 physicians with offices in Albany, Troy, and Oneonta and offering services in Coxsackie, Pittsfield MA, and Clifton Park. We have become the center of cardiac care and imagery that has had many in healthcare, as far away as Australia, come to observe and learn from our success.

From two small groups of six physicians each struggling to survive to a large group of 35 with an extensive diagnostic department, research division, multiple offices, and an urgent cardiac care clinic; CCA has stayed true to our concept of quick and easy access coupled with cutting edge technology to improve the lives of the community and beyond.