The Comfort of Collaborative Care

Warm Welcomes to Geralyn Ponzio, M.D. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hospital And Palliative Care

by Premier Health
Posted in : News

My medical education commenced at the university of Vermont College of Medicine, a school known for its focus on primary care and commitment to communities. After completing my Internship and Residency programs at Mt. Sinai St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center in NYC, I entered into my first rewarding experience caring for patients at a practice located in Montclair, N.J. During the first six years of my profession, I had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my patients, focusing on preventative care, as well as early detection and treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. The practice was quite diverse in the ages of the patients I cared for, including folks from young adulthood thru the elderly. I delivered care to my patients in multiple settings, including the office, hospital, subacute rehabilitation and nursing homes. Occasionally, I even would see a patient in their home.

The next step in my professional career brought me to focus on  inpatient hospital medicine, as a full-time physician at Newton Medical Center. My wide range of responsibilities included consultations, admissions and discharges of my patients located in Medical, Surgical and Cardiac units, as well as critically ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit. During my nine years as a hospital-employed physician, I addressed the general medical care of patients whose medical conditions included, but were not limited to, infection, sepsis, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and orthopedic injuries. I loved being with patients throughout their hospital stay, where I monitored their progress, and guided their recovery until I discharged them from the hospital.

Especially rewarding to me was the enormous challenge of managing critically ill patients located in the Intensive Care Unit. Most times my patient’s recovery went well. Playing a part in their recovery, and discharging them from the hospital to their friends and family was particularly heart-warming. At times my patient would need my medical assistance in keeping them comfortable as they transitioned to end of life. Once my patient was comfortable, I would then offer to hold the hands of their loved ones and bear witness.

Recently, I made the decision to return to office based patient care. I am delighted to have an opportunity to build relationships with the residents of Milford and the surrounding areas. It has been my experience that the most effective medical care is built on the collaboration between myself and my patients. This partnership allows me the opportunity to provide individualized care which addresses the entire person, having the goal of maximizing health and wellness. I have a special interest in diabetes, nutrition, obesity and palliative care, but enjoy all aspects of patient care, including health maintenance, as well as early detection and intervention of illness and medical conditions.


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