Terry Stubbs MA, CCRC
CEO and President
ActivMed Practices & Research, LLC.
421 Merrimack Street, Suite 203
Methuen, MA 01844
Currently Enrolling Trials
Mission Statement: To furnish accurate clinical information by providing quality recruitment, quality care and quality data in an expedient manner.
ActivMed Practices & Research is a registered, woman-owned company operating in Massachusetts and New Hampshire since 1994. Our staff has experience working in the field of clinical research. The CEO has 24+ years of clinical research experience, and her staff and physicians all have two to 22 years working in clinical trials. We have four sites located in Methuen, Mass., Beverly, Mass., Lawrence, Mass. and Portsmouth, N.H.
Our company offers a multispecialty, free-standing research facility with experienced research physicians and psychiatrists. We use highly trained coordinators and private physician practices. Our providers are dedicated to providing exceptional treatment to their patients following good clinical practice.
We are committed to assuring that all clinical trial protocols are performed with the utmost attention to detail. ActivMed can participate in phase 2, 3, 3b and 4 clinical trials on an inpatient and outpatient basis. New for 2020, we are proud to be certified as a Virtual Trial Capable site through VirTrial.
Our area physician providers have active practices in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, providing us access to more patients; therefore, we pride ourselves on our ability to quickly recruit subjects for our trials. We work full-time at our job and that makes all the difference.
Our largest location is our Methuen site, which holds our administrative offices. This newly renovated space is an 11,000-square foot office with a learning center that holds 40 people. We host CEU events and other industry-related trainings.
On our clinical side, we have a large waiting area, six exam rooms, a consenting room, a lab area with drawing stations; -20 degree and -70 degree freezers, centrifuges, refrigerated centrifuges, ECG machines, a large monitor room, a copier, computer hookups with Wi-Fi, a drug storage area that is locked, alarmed and temperature-monitored, and a storage area for lab kits. We also have a regulatory office, physician’s office, and brand-new observation room with two-way mirrors and audio/visual recording equipment to observe devices and study subjects using them. The facility is located 28 miles north of Boston with access to six local hospitals and a working relationship with three Boston hospitals.
The Beverly location is 2,170 square feet of medical office space. This site focuses on dermatology studies. This site is 20 miles from Boston and close to three hospitals for services needed.
Our Lawrence location is 1,000 square feet of medical office space within a neurology practice 20 miles north of Boston.
Both the Beverly and Lawrence facilities are equipped with waiting areas, exam rooms, consenting areas, lab areas with drawing stations, -20 degree and -70 degree freezers, centrifuges, refrigerated centrifuges, ECG machines, storage space, large monitoring rooms, a copier, computer hookups with Wi-Fi, a drug storage area that is locked, alarmed and temperature-monitored, and a storage area for lab kits.
ActivMed also has access to the following ancillary services provided by nearby facilities (one to five miles away). We have agreements for priority scheduling for all our study subjects and stat reporting, including:
- CAT scan;
- Bone density: lunar and hologic; and
- PET scan.
Chief Medical Officer:
Michael McCartney, MD/CPI, completed his training and residency at Brown University. He is board-certified in internal medicine and has 20 years of clinical research experience. He has been ACRP-certified as a Principal Investigator since 2012.
Psychiatric Medical Director:
Marc Shay, MD, has been working in the field of psychiatry for 16 years. His research experience spans more than 14 years. He serves as a primary investigator and protocol reviewer for all psychiatric and neurology clinical trials. Dr. Shay completed his training and residency at Northwestern, Evanston Campus, and Chicago Medical School.
All ActivMed physicians are board-certified. Their certifications span the following specialties:
- General medicine;
- Internal medicine;
- Family medicine;
- Adult medicine;
- Outpatient adult behavioral health/psychiatry; and
ActivMed trains our highly motivated staff to excel in patient care as well as all aspects of clinical research. All clinical staff are HIPAA-, GCP-, IATA- and CPR-trained and recertified every two years. Each of our four locations are CLIA waiver-certified. Each coordinator is encouraged to take the ACRP national certification exam, while ActivMed covers the costs of the exam. Currently, we have four CCRCs on our staff in these offices. All our coordinators have a medical background with clinical experience, such as nursing, laboratory, nutrition, medical doctrine, medical assisting and bioscience. Each coordinator is tested yearly on their clinical skills. Documentation of training is recorded in our staff training logs and office SOPs. Research experience in years expands from two years to 22 years. Quality is of the utmost importance to us; therefore, most of our staff have completed Clinical Research Quality Management training through the Quality Management Institute
ActivMed has dedicated recruitment staff who work closely with PIs and coordinators to develop an optimal recruitment strategy, which evolves as needed throughout the study. We dedicate time and effort towards recruitment plans for each trial. Our robust CTMS system and call center allow us to quickly follow up on leads from various advertising channels and doctor referrals.
ActivMed is located north of Boston. We can draw from both suburban and rural communities. Our patient base covers a diverse population based on age, gender and cultural backgrounds. We are a bilingual facility (speaking both English and Spanish). Recruitment is accomplished using one-to-one communication, established databases and local marketing campaigns.
We can use central IRBs and have a standard three-to-five-day turnaround time for contracts.