Author Archive

Celebrating fathers and their role in our lives

June 15th, 2014 by Joe DiPaolo

Like a lot of Italian sons, I am named after my grandfather. He died when I was very young but he left an overwhelming presence in our house.

Happy Father's Day from Joe, Grace and Tom DiPaolo!

Although he was a stone mason and construction worker by trade, he loved art and literature and music. His name was a tribute to his adopted country as he was born in Philadelphia shortly after his parents arrived in America. Like my Irish grandfather, who was a police officer in Boston, their stories parallel in devotion to family, country, duty and God. Interestingly, my Italian grandfather and his family returned to Italy where my Dad was eventually born. That story will take a lot more time so I will save that for another day. Read the rest of this entry »

June 15

Thanks for those who are there when we need it most

March 3rd, 2014 by Joe DiPaolo

From Hurricane Katrina to the Boston Marathon bombing, to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., to 9/11, the heroic efforts of police, fire and EMS have been demonstrated time and again. These professional and volunteers remain calm under pressure and provide vital support regardless of the circumstances. Most Americans will never be confronted with tragedy on that scale, but each of us has a much higher probability that our lives will be touched by the first responders in our own community when we need them most.

EMS crew members from throughout the Sussex County area attended the first annual Heart and Soul recognition event at Perona Farms on Feb. 26

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March 03

The best time to take care of yourself? Right now.

February 10th, 2014 by Joe DiPaolo

I was a patient at Newton Medical Center last week. No, thankfully there was nothing wrong. I had the pleasure of undergoing a colonoscopy.

I, like many Americans, put it off, time and again, because there was always an excuse – too busy or too inconvenient or I just felt fine and didn’t see the rush. And, of course, there are always stories we’ve all heard of drinking the prep liquid the day before.

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February 10

The bright spot in the gloomy forecast

February 4th, 2014 by Joe DiPaolo

Have you seen the weather forecast for this week? If you’re a penguin, this is the best week of 2014 so far.

For the rest of us, it’s a little hard not to be a little worried. Bad weather wouldn’t be so bad if we could all take a snow day and stay home, but alas, most of us need to be places, most notably, our jobs. The snow and ice turn an otherwise boring commute to work into a potentially hazardous journey, as accidents, both on foot and by car, rise this time of year. As temperatures drop, cases of flu and other illnesses go up.

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February 04

A great Monday

January 7th, 2014 by Joe DiPaolo

Yesterday marked my first Monday on the job as Newton Medical Center’s new president.  While I was met with Monday’s typical avalanche of email, budget considerations and business reports that seem to fall from the sky, I also received a very gratifying phone call from a patient’s spouse.

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January 07