"Anjana Poonthota"MIDDLETOWN, NY (October 17, 2023) - Garnet Health is pleased to announce that Anjana Poonthota, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAP, Garnet Health Doctors Pediatric Hospitalist, has been appointed by the Orange County legislature to the Board of Health of Orange County. 

Dr. Poonthota serves as Garnet Health’s Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Medical Director, Women and Children’s Services; Director, Employee Wellness; and Chair, Resident Wellness. 

The Board of Health considers matters relating to the preservation and improvement of public health within Orange County and can make recommendations to the commissioner of the Health Department.

“We at the Department of Health look forward to working with Dr. Poonthota and are eager to learn from her broad expertise and years of experience serving the Orange County community,” said Orange County Department of Health Commissioner Alicia Pointer, DO, MPH, FAAP.

New York State public health law requires boards of health to have seven members, with at least three of them being physicians licensed to practice medicine in New York. The members of the Orange County Board of Health must be residents of Orange County.

Dr. Poonthota received her medical degree from Guntur Medical College, NTR University of Health Services in India, and completed her pediatrics residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. She holds a master’s degree in public health from the School of Public Health, SUNY Albany, as well as in business administration from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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About Garnet Health 

Garnet Health is a New York State, not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Middletown, New York, approximately 60 miles northwest of New York City. It is the corporate parent of Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Foundation and Garnet Health Foundation – Catskills. Garnet Health is dedicated to developing specialty services, medical programs and needed healthcare services that allow residents to remain close to home to receive quality care.

Providing healthcare to approximately 500,000 residents in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties, Garnet Health was designed to improve the quality, stability and efficiency of healthcare services in the mid-Hudson and Catskills region. Garnet Health provides the services of more than 4,000 employed professionals and over 850 medical staff members. An academic affiliate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Garnet Health retains compassionate professionals who continually strive toward the hospital’s mission to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional healthcare. To learn more about Garnet Health, visit