Dr. Lisa Pittarelli of ID Care serves Ryan White Clinic patients.
Online PR News – 04-June-2012 – HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – While people living with HIV no longer count the months they have left to live, thanks to advances in anti-retroviral medicine, they still have plenty of other matters to deal with. Among them are managing their medications, routine and specialized medical care, psychological issues, and diet and nutrition. For those living with HIV, life is anything but easy.
That's why HIV-positive patients in Central New Jersey are fortunate to have Dr. Lisa Pittarelli on their side. An infectious disease specialist with ID Care, a network of infectious disease specialists, Dr. Pittarelli has devoted her life to putting the needs of patients and their well-being first.
Dr. Pittarelli does this not only with ID Care clients but with patients whose needs may be even greater. These patients include the clients of the Ryan White Clinic at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, New Jersey. The center provides comprehensive treatment and support services for persons diagnosed with HIV infection, regardless of economic status or ability to pay. The Ryan White Clinic is named for the Indiana teenager whose battle against ignorance and prejudice after contracting HIV touched the nation and led to the first comprehensive Federal AIDS services legislation in 1990, shortly after his death. Funding from a Federal Ryan White Title I grant enables the clinic that bears his name to provide services to Central New Jersey's uninsured.
As medical director of the Ryan White Clinic, Dr. Pittarelli oversees all infectious disease aspects along with a team of nurses and a medical case manager who help patients with their personal support issues. The clinic also offers free HIV testing for the community and runs support groups for people living with HIV and all those who care about them.
The need for this service is great: the clinic treated some 160 New Jerseyans, ranging in age from 19 to 70, last year. One-third of those patients were uninsured, and their issues can be complicated. They may need lifesaving medicines as well as routine physicals, tests for various diseases, or help filling out paperwork to qualify for housing or nutrition assistance. Whatever the need may be, the Ryan White Clinic staff, led by Dr. Pittarelli, is there to help make things easier for the patient.
“One of my patients told me a while back, 'I don't have to worry about my disease, because I know you're doing that for me,'” Dr. Pittarelli says. “That's what our clinic is all about – to give patients a sense of security, to let them know that there is hope for them as they deal with HIV.”
One reason why the clinic added psychological support to its roster of services last year was because one of the things people with AIDS still have to worry about is the lingering stigma attached to the disease. “These patients are dealing with so many aspects of this disease,” she states, “It is unfortunate that there still is a stigma attached to it after all these years. And, if that is not enough, those who struggle with HIV have an increased risk of cancer and other diseases as well.”
Dr. Pittarelli's peers in Central New Jersey medicine have taken notice of her good work. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Pittarelli has been named to Best Doctors' list of “Best Doctors in America” and is nominated by the Consumers Research Council of America in their guide to “America’s Top Physicians.” And, in 2011, New Jersey Life/Health Magazine singled her out as a “Doctor Who Makes a Difference.” In June of this year, the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders will honor Dr. Pittarelli with its annual Spirit of Somerset Award for her work in the health and wellness field.
Dr. Pittarelli's dedication to her clients is exemplary and typical of the level of dedication ID Care physicians demonstrate, day in and day out, on behalf of the patients they serve.
About ID Care
ID CARE is the most comprehensive group of infectious disease specialists in the State of New Jersey and the second largest of its kind in the country, with 18 physicians board certified in internal medicine, and 14 board certified and one board eligible in infectious diseases. The practice has six locations in Cedar Knolls, Hillsborough, Old Bridge, Randolph, Somerset, and West Long Branch, New Jersey, with medical staff participation in 20 hospitals in seven New Jersey counties.
For more information about ID Care call 908-281-0221, visit www.idcare.com.