Dear Friends of St. Joseph’s,
St. Joseph’s Health continues to lead the fight against opioid addiction here in New Jersey and across the country. On Monday afternoon, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. were joined at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center for a press conference to outline legislation the lawmakers introduced to help other hospitals combat the opioid crisis. The pending bill – The Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) Emergency Department Act – is based on the highly successful St. Joseph’s ALTO® program and scheduled for Senate review this week. The legislation would provide grant funding to build ALTO® programs at hospitals across the country.
Launched in 2016 by St. Joseph’s very own Drs. Mark Rosenberg and Alexis LaPietra, ALTO® is the first program of its kind in the United States, designed to help patients manage acute pain without the use of dangerous, addiction-forming opioids. Here at home, ALTO® has reduced opioid-dispensing in St. Joseph’s Emergency Department by 82%.
Senator Booker said, “The entire team here at St. Joe’s saw the crisis and they responded. They didn’t just sit back and curse the darkness. They put forth light, that is now not just illuminating in measurable ways in this community, but also creating light and hope and promise across our nation.”
ALTO® is an outstanding example of the many groundbreaking initiatives originating at St. Joseph’s, made possible with the generous contributions of supporters like you. It is with your help that St. Joseph’s can continue to innovate and respond to the ever-changing healthcare needs of our neighbors.
We thank you for your ongoing commitment to exceptional healthcare.
Robert B. Budelman, III
Vice President, Chief Development Officer