Mountainside Deepens Investments in Staff

Published on March 6, 2015
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History of innovation and reputation as a great place to work draws top talent

Canaan, CT—A history of innovation and a reputation as a great place to work make Mountainside a major draw for addiction treatment professionals.  With the ability to select from top talent nationwide, Mountainside continues to make strategic investments in growth – in team members, programming, and new construction.

Mountainside has hired 150 new team members who support the company’s focus on integrative wellness.  The additions to the treatment team have included a number of new clinical and executive positions, like that of Dr. Alkesh Patel, an addictionologist who is joining Mountainside’s well-respected Medical Team.

Board certified in General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Patel brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the addiction field.  Prior to joining Mountainside, he completed his addiction training at the renowned Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, working as Associate Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program.  While teaching incoming fellows, residents, and medical students through the program, he also directed the Addiction Psychiatry clerkship for the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program and served on Mount Sinai Hospital’s Pain Committee.

Dr. Patel’s clinical work has focused on developing integrated treatment strategies for patients with chronic pain and addiction.  While working within the health system at the Bronx VA Medical Center, he was a key care provider in its Opioid Treatment Program.  Dr. Patel continues to be an active educator, mentor, and astute clinician and has published and presented his work at national conferences.  At Mountainside, Dr. Patel provides psychiatric medication management to clients in all levels of care, including clients with dual diagnoses.  Under his care, Mountainside clients receive a continuum of psychiatric services—from diagnosis and prescription of medication, to monitoring and stabilization.

Since 2013, Mountainside has committed $30 million to the construction of 75,000 square feet of new facilities, and the addiction treatment center has also significantly expanded its programming to provide clients with a complete continuum of care.

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