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Dr. Maria M. Pesquera Appointed Associate Medical Director of Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties

Newburgh, NY – Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties announces Dr. Maria M. Pesquera has been appointed Associate Medical Director full-time. Dr. Pesquera received her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus; completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at New York Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center; and completed her Fellowship in Geriatrics at Albany Medical Center. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Medicine.

In addition to her medical degree, Dr. Pesquera holds a master’s degree in Science, Physiology, and Biophysics from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation from the American Medical Women’s Association.

Dr. Pesquera has extensive experience in primary care and palliative care, having worked as a physician at various medical centers and private practices throughout her career. She is currently enrolled in the Narrative Medicine Program at Columbia University School of Professional Studies and has received certifications in pain management, symptom management, communication skills, and as an end-of-life doula. She is bilingual, proficient in Medical Spanish, and is looking forward to getting out into the community to help educate Orange and Sullivan County residents about Hospice care.

“We are honored to have Dr. Pesquera join our team as Associate Medical Director”, says Sandra Cassese, RN, MSN, CNS, President & CEO of Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties. “Her extensive experience in primary and palliative care, as well as her numerous awards and certifications, make her an invaluable asset to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties. We look forward to working with her to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.”

In her expanded role at Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Dr. Pesquera joins Dr. Robert Dinsmore, Medical Director, in overseeing the medical care of patients receiving hospice services. They will work closely with an interdisciplinary team to ensure patients and their families receive compassionate physical, emotional, and spiritual end-of-life care, with comfort, dignity, and respect.

“I am extremely excited to join the team at Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties as Associate Medical Director”, says Dr. Pesquera. “Providing compassionate, comprehensive care to patients is a passion of mine, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the community in this new role. I look forward to working with Dr. Dinsmore and the interdisciplinary team on creating an individualized plan of care for each unique patient and their family, to ensure that their goals are being met.”