Dr. Rhondee Baldi is the Emcara Medical Director currently overseeing the Florida Market. She joined our team in 2021, and we are so excited to introduce her to our members.
I am originally from Washington DC, and starting at age 13 I worked as a candy striper in two different hospitals – the hospital where I was born and another that focused on helping babies born with cocaine exposure. I knew early on that I wanted to become a doctor, but I can see where I would have also been happy as a social worker.
In medical school, I was always drawn to the social aspects of healthcare. I took Social Justice and Health Inequalities and Global Health classes with Paul Farmer. I took on a project as a Spanish language health navigator. For my elective rotations, I worked with homeless populations in Boston and Washington, DC. Primary Care is the first contact patients have with the healthcare system, and I loved being able to translate medical speak and educate people who are most at-risk.
After some time working in risk analytics, I was so excited to learn about Emcara and their mission to deliver healthcare in the home and get back to clinical care delivery.
One of the things we continue to try to do is stay connected to patients so they know we are the first people they can call. We want to give them care which could prevent them from spending hours in an emergency department.
With our new advanced primary care programs, we want to help people address the social barriers to health and help them coordinate care that works for them, where they are.
A big one for me is to separate work time, especially since I work remotely. It’s important to bound that and protect my mental health and wellbeing. I also try to get out and walk for 20 minutes each day and eat as many veggies as possible.
I love spending time with my daughter and extended family, playing tennis, hiking, and seeing friends. I’m also very involved in my church. That community is very important for me.
I’m old school. I like This American Life from NPR.
Kung-Fu movies are my favorite. I just saw “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” – it was a great combination of kung-fu and a very positive message.