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Dr. Jonna Goulding to lead CVMC Palliative Care Program

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Release Date: 
Thursday, November 7, 2013

Berlin, Vt – Jonna Goulding, MD attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts graduating from an accelerated  seven-semester program with a BA in Biology and a minor in music. 

She attended L’Institut d’Administration et de Gestion, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium on a full merit scholarship.  The program was conducted in French and Dr. Goulding graduated with distinction earning a Maitrise (Master’s Degree) in International Business. Again on a full merit scholarship she earned her MBA at Johnson School of Management, Cornell University.

Dr. Goulding worked at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Paris, France followed by more than five years with major advertising agencies in Los Angeles, Boston and Toronto.

She then worked as Director of Development and hospice volunteer at the Hospice of Peel in Mississauga, Ontario.  This led her to decide to attend medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.  Dr. Goulding did her rural family practice residency in Thunder Bay, Ontario at Family Medicine North, associated with McMaster University.

Dr. Goulding is certified by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.   She was most recently the chair and co-founder of Gifford’s Advanced Illness Care Team and a family physician and palliative care specialist with Gifford Primary Care in Randolph, Vermont.

From 2004 – 2009 she was a faculty member at the Upaya Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the Contemplative End of Life Care program under medical anthropologist and abbot Joan Halifax, PhD.

“We are enormously pleased to welcome Dr. Goulding to Central Vermont Medical Center,” stated CVMC President and CEO Judy Tartaglia. “Her breadth of experience in palliative care and end of life care will help take our palliative care program to the next level.  We know this is something the community has been looking to us to do,” concluded Tartaglia. 

Dr. Goulding stated that she “was drawn to the entrepreneurial nature of CVMC, a medical center truly committed to the idea of incorporating palliative care as part of excellent patient care.  This institution also understands the need to include spiritual care in all of healthcare, and as an important component of palliative care.”

As team leader for palliative care Dr. Goulding’s philosophy is to listen deeply to every patient, and appreciate the contribution of every member of the team. 

Dr. Goulding and her husband Marcus Coxon recently built an energy efficient home in Randolph Center.  They have three children. Sara-Katherine Coxon, age 25, works in an environmental policy think tank in Washington, DC.   Hanna, 23, works in Boston and Sam is a freshman at McGill University in Montreal.