The award ceremony featured several personal touches, including an introduction by Rebecca Bonzo White and a plethora of decorated desserts baked by Dr. Bonzo herself. The desserts, which also served as centerpieces for the tables, included “Cherry Chip Cake,” “Queen Bee Yellow Cake,” “Snowflake Almond Cake” and more.
The award was a recognition of the successes Dr. Bonzo has enjoyed so far in her career, which began with a Portsmouth private practice in 1981. At the time, she was one of the area’s only female physicians.
Dr. Bonzo’s record of accomplishment includes the founding of SOMC Hospice, which has grown from a single patient to a daily census of more than 130 patients in five counties. There are plans to expand the current inpatient unit from 12 beds to 16. Funds for that expansion are being raised by the SOMC Development Foundation through a campaign known as Transcending Lives.
Dr. Bonzo also maintains a fulfilling life outside of medicine. She enjoys cooking and gardening, and lists swimming as her favorite form of exercise. For more information about Dr. Bonzo or SOMC Hospice, visit somc.org.