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My experience is a little old--it occurred July 4, 2001. Turth in advertising requires me to say I was born in St. Joseph's over 70 years ago, but have not lived in Atlanta since 1970. I was visiting to attend a wedding and staying with friends. I was supposed to go to the Rehearsal Dinner, but was feeling ill, so I declined hoping to attend the wedding on Saturday. The friends with whom I was staying had dinner plans. BTW, I should be considered a knowledgeable layman, having worked in healthcare administration for decades. Four years prior to this, I had had an angioplasty so I was conscious of potential heart problems. When my friends arrived I told my host that it would probably be wise to go to an Emergency Room for a blood test to see if I was having heart problems. I was vaguely surprised when he suggested St. Josephs. Predictably, the ER was a zoo on a holiday weekend. Eventually blood was drawn and my host proved to be the really good friend and stayed with me. The staff put me into one of the ER cubicles while we waited. Eventually the ER physician came in about 3 a.m. and told me that the blood tests had proven negative for the enzymes indicative of a heart attack. However, he encouraged me to stay in the hospital for an angiogram the next morning. I decided that I must be having some type of flu, and declined. But my friend supported the idea--I must have looked really bad. Reluctantly, I agreed. Angiogram results: The good news: No heart attack. The bad news: Blood vessels in the heart, 85% occluded. Consulting with the cardiologist who recommended a CAB (a bypass). Having observed a number of those operations, I was less than enthused at the prospect plus I did not have medical insurance. I asked about another angioplasty. They advised against it saying in a relatively short period of time, the problem would recur. When I mentioned the lack of insurance, they said something "Let St. Josephs take care of you. Also, they said the CAB would be performed first thing Monday, which meant I would miss the wedding. I was also bummed because I had been exercising in an effort to not have heart problems. I decended into a combination "blue funk" and pity party--still resisting the idea of a CAB. As a result, things were kind of up in the air. One of the nurses, who deserves my everlasting thanks, came in and counselled me. By the time she left, I was more amenable. They sent in the heavy gun--the anesthesiologist. By the time he arrived, I had come to grips with it. Before he could open his mouth I said "Let's do this." I've gone into this detail so that readers will know that St. Josephs really does care and, take this from someone in a position to know, does a great job. I was pretty much of a deadbeat, and I received care worthy of a Chief of State. I would like to think that I was a knowledgeable patient--let the wounds drain and exercise as much as you can. In fact, I made them sit me up in the chair rather than the bed when they brought me to my room from Intensive Care. I felt compelled to write this when I read a couple of the reviews. There are two low ratings. One is the result of the doctor's orders, not the hospital. In fairness, staph can be very very difficult. The other low rating was because of a mixup about telephone numbers. I can see why that might be inconvenient for the person, but it hardly deserves a low rating. As far myself, I am seen by a Harvard-educated cardiologist at a tertiary medical center. However, he wants to see me only annually, and this is 11 years after my surgery, which also prevented a heart attack. The sites where the veins were removed from my legs were more problematic that the operation. Thank you, St. Joesphs. Thank you, ER. Thank you, cardiologist. Thank you, wonderful Nursing Staff. Thank you, Dr. Snyder and the surgical staff. I think Someon was really looking out for me when they caused be to be where I began life.
I have been going to Dr. Asaf for years and love him dearly. He is so easy to talk to. He has kept my medications at a level where I able to deal with life on Life's terms without freaking out. I am moving to Baton Rogue, LA this weekend and I will truly miss him. I have recently encountered my first problem with his office. My insurance now requires that all medications are RX Home Delivery. This program send you a three months supply for the cost of two months. If the prescriptions are not written just right, they will ship you a 30 supply for the same cost of a 90 day supply. I am relocating to another city due to unemployment and my disability due to a recent surgery. So needless to say I am watching my pennies very closely. His assistant that handles prescription refills, Christy, has corrected this problems for all my prescriptions but two. I have left Christy so many messages relating to this problem with two of my medications I have loss count. Christy has not corrected the problem with these medication nor taken the time to call me and explain why. I was also advise my AETNA RX Delivery that she has not responded to their calls either. I am now leaving town with a lot of anxiety, which is what Dr Asaf is treating me for, about my prescriptions. This shouldn't be happening but she has not returned my call or taken the time to correct this. She did tell one the receptionists that she called and left me message....WRONG!! I have checked my phone records with T-Mobile and she has never called my phone number.
I am actually very surprised there are not many more reviews for Dr. Aleem. All of his patients rave about him! He has been my psychiatrist for over 10 years now. I have seen many, many psychiatrists in my life-time but Dr. Aleem is THE BEST ONE. I cannot "rave" over him enough. Dr. Aleem's patients are his number one priority in his life. He is truly one-of-a-kind. He is caring, gentle, yet firm when it is necessary. He is so easy to talk to. And he is not the kind of doctor who has such a huge ego that he will not listen to anything of concern to his patients. I am the kind of patient who does my own research. I come to our appointments (every time) with a list of things I want to discuss. Often, it is about something I have researched and Dr. Aleem always has an open mind, will listen to what I have to say. He always answers my questions and concerns. With Dr. Aleem, I feel as if he and I are a team, working on my "mental health diagnoses and how they impact my life". A team with common goals. I always feel that it is very important for a patient to feel a part of their "treatment plan". Dr. Aleem never "talks down" to me, ever. He has quite an established patient practice. I would recommend him over all other psychiatrists I have seen! If you are thinking about going to see him, be sure you let him know exactly what you are looking for in a psychiatrist and that you want to be a part of your own "treatment team".