PSA6 Recognizes the Department of Medicine

7/2/2012

During a fellowship breakfast in June, the Police Service Area 6 (PSA6) Community Council acknowledged the support of St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals’ Department of Medicine, including St. Luke’s Medical Group (SLMG), the department’s outpatient faculty practice in Central Harlem, and the Outreach and Practice Development Group. The leaders of these two teams -- Jessica Petilla, MD, St. Luke’s Medical Group Program Director, and Abigail Nimako, Outreach and Practice Development Director -- were given recognition at the event.

Based in Harlem near SLMG, PSA6 is a unit of the New York City Police Department Housing Bureau. The organization polices 18 public housing developments in Harlem and the Upper West Side. SLMG has been involved with PSA6 since the multispecialty practice opened in April 2009. “We give lectures and health information at their monthly community meetings, hold health screenings and participate in their community activities,” said Dr. Petilla. Its doctors have also conducted educational sessions for the police officers, covering topics like asthma, smoking and hypertension. In addition, the practice has provided medical care to police staff for chronic and urgent conditions.

Outreach staff members have collaborated with SLMG and supported PSA6 in various ways. For example, the group has been involved in several health screenings and flu drives for police officers. “We’re proud to help our police officers,” said Mrs. Nimako.

For more information on St. Luke’s Medical Group, please visit their website.

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