As a residency we have been wanting to get more involved with our surrounding community instead of just interacting with the residents of Paterson in the ED. A couple weeks ago we went to Habitat for Humanity in Paterson to help with some construction instead of being cooped up at St. Joe’s for conference. Joe “Handy-man-chester” single-handedly constructed a single-family home in 8 hours while Dr. Patel did an amazing job observing everyone else working and providing endless amounts of encouragement. It was a lot of fun and we’ll be back soon!
The ALTO program (Alternatives to Opioids) at St. Joe’s has already received national recognition for its work here. In March we held a legislative summit that was attended by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, US Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr and multiple other members of the local and state government to discuss the opioid epidemic and the ALTO initiative. Then we were lucky enough to have the New York Times write a story recent story in June on the ALTO program as well. Not to be outdone, EM Resident recently published a piece to introduce the EMRA readers to the wonders of ALTO and the success we have had thus far with the program, check it out here.
It’s difficult to miss a raging STEMI or a CVA with unilateral flaccid paralysis, but there are other, less-sexy diagnoses that we have the opportunity to make in the Emergency Department that can be as important and impactful to the patient’s health. Endophthalmitis is a difficult word to spell and equally as difficult to diagnose if you’re not looking for it. Check out Dave Traficante’s recent post on EM Resident on Endophthalmitis.
On March 28, 2016 St. Joe’s announced the ALTO (Alternatives to Opiates) program in front of a Legislative Summit held here at St. Joe’s. This event was attended by U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, US Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr and multiple other members of the local and state government. A former graduate of our EM residency and current Medical Director of Pain Management in the Emergency Department, Dr. Alexis LaPietra has led the development of this program with the support of our Emergency Department Chairman and faculty member, Dr. Mark Rosenberg (@drmrosen). If you want to find out more about the ALTO program please check out the recent Webinar below.