BIG STONE GAP — Mountain Empire Older Citizens Inc. has lured a physician back to the region she once worked.
Dr. Ahgnes Sabugo has assumed the position of medical director for MEOC’s PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) and serve as the program’s full time physician providing medical care to individuals enrolled in PACE.
PACE serves senior residents of Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the city of Norton. The program enables senior citizens to live in their own homes and communities while receiving a broad range of medical, social and day health care services in home- and community-based settings and affords hospital or nursing home care when needed.
Sabugo returns to the area after most recently working as a primary care physician in Middletown, N.Y. Before that she spent four years working as a primary care physician with Medical Associates of Norton.
Sabugo said she looks forward to her new role in her second stint in Wise County.
“Being the medical director of PACE is a privilege and at the same time a big challenge for me as a family practitioner. But I know that I will be doing something that is close to my heart, that is, taking care of the elderly,” she said.
“Keeping our elderly healthy, active and safe is one of the primary goals of PACE that I have advocated since I started working as a primary care physician. I believe that we need to take care of our elderly in a dignified, loving and competent way.”
Sabugo said she is “grateful to the people of Southwest Virginia for the trust and confidence they have shown and given me four years ago when I started working as a primary care doctor in Norton. I have been given a second chance to serve you again, and I have proven that there is no place like home.”
PACE Program Director Tony Lawson said MEOC is thrilled to bring Sabugo back to the area, particularly in her new role.
“Dr. Sabugo sees program participants in the PACE clinic or in their homes, and she works with other professionals on the interdisciplinary team to help participants live safely in the community,” he said. “Dr. Sabugo is brilliant, cheerful, compassionate and full of energy. We are very, very glad she has joined the PACE team.”
Sabugo received her doctorate of medicine degree from the University of the East Roman Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, Philippines, and additional training in New York and the Philippines through residencies and internships.
Sabugo and her husband, Cornelius, have one son, Diego. The family resides in Wise.