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In 2021, North Ward Medical Arts was established to meet the growing healthcare needs of individuals in the Essex County, New Jersey, area. The services this facility provides are traditionally underrepresented in this region, including primary care, in-house testing, behavioral concerns, spine issues, and vein and vascular. North Ward Medical Arts takes a multi-disciplinary and preventative approach to healthcare, working proactively and infusing long-standing values with innovative techniques to promote better overall wellbeing for patients.
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A focus on community and family-centered care is built into the DNA of North Ward Medical Arts. As part of Nirvana Healthcare Management Services, its history dates back to the establishment of Salerno Medical Associates, which was founded in 2001 by Dr. Alexander G. Salerno. Continuing the legacy of his parents (Drs. Alfonse and Svetlana Salerno), Dr. A G Salerno established the healthcare organization to merge the traditional healthcare approach of showing every patient family-like compassion with the modern diagnostic and treatment methods of the 21st century.

North Ward Medical Arts represents the marriage of these ideologies. Opened at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, this newest primary care location carries on the mission of Salerno Medical Associates by bringing much-needed care services to patients in Newark, NJ, and the surrounding areas.
Prioritizing Preventative Care
Benjamin Franklin once coined a phrase that serves as a guiding principle for North Ward Medical Arts and all primary care locations under Nirvana Healthcare Management Services — “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Instead of simply providing reactive medicine to help patients manage symptoms after contracting a disease or disorder, the physicians focus on administering proactive care. This approach enables patients to experience better outcomes and more enhanced health and wellness overall.
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Setting the Bar High for the Patient Experience
When patients come in for care at North Ward Medical Arts, they will find an inviting atmosphere that makes them feel at home. The updated facilities are beautifully decorated and the physicians take every effort to make patients as comfortable as possible.

This level of commitment has garnered North Ward Medical Arts significant praise from United Healthcare, an insurance company that works to augment the health system for millions.
In October 2014, the organization named North Ward Medical Arts a top metrics healthcare provider for providing pioneering and reliable healthcare outcomes in a full-page Star-Ledger article. Additionally, as part of a Horizon-piloted and patient-centered medical home program, the practice received the highest tier ranking for accomplishing stellar healthcare results in an office setting.
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About Nirvana Healthcare Management Services
North Ward Medical Arts is part of a larger network of primary and specialty care locations housed under Nirvana Healthcare Management Services. Physician-owned and operated, this organization focuses on augmenting the patient experience by promoting standardization of care for adult patients in Essex County, NJ.

In 2022, Nirvana Healthcare Management Services developed the Department of Population Health in response to developing healthcare needs in the diverse urban communities it serves.

This program allows the organization to continue providing high-quality healthcare to patients in East Orange and Newark, NJ.

Furthermore, New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) awarded Nirvana Healthcare Management Services a $500,000 grant, making it the only medical practice to attain such financial support from the agency. With these resources, the healthcare organization will further its efforts to improve primary and specialty care, enhancing patient outcomes and nurturing better health and wellness overall.
Expanding Compassionate, Patient-Focused Care in Essex County
Since Salerno Medical Associates opened in 2001, Dr. Alexander G. Salerno has been expanding services for clients to meet various healthcare needs in the community. He brought back the traditional house calls for older patients through Senior Healthcare Outreach Program (SHOP) in 2002, which later became Community Healthcare Outreach Program (CHOP Health) to include services for people with mental health issues. In 2010, Dr. Salerno started the Urban Healthcare Initiative Program (UHIP) to help close disparities in healthcare outcomes impacting patients in urban communities.

Metropolitan Medical Group was founded in 2014 to expand primary care services, and Dr. Salerno joined his father-in-law, Dr. Raouf Elias, in 2015 to assist him in caring for patients at Roseville Medical Society. In 2021, several specialty care practices were added to offer patients much-needed services to patients in the community. These specialty locations include Newark Vein and Vascular Center, North Ward Behavioral Health Center, and Prospect Spine and Pain.
Whether searching for in-house testing or general care, individuals will find the services they need at North Ward Medical Arts. Following the mantra of taking care of patients as they would their family members, the physicians adhere to a comprehensive and compassionate approach to help people achieve better health and wellness.

North Ward Medical Arts belongs to Nirvana Healthcare Management Services, which runs several primary and specialty care locations in Newark and East Orange, NJ, including Salerno Medical Associates, Metropolitan Medical Group, and Roseville Medical Society, Armenti Medical Group, and they offer house visits for eligible patients through CHOP (Our Community Healthcare Outreach Program). Nirvana Healthcare Management Services is a network for patients in Essex County, NJ, who need providers for different medical concerns.
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