Dr. Joseph Gent to Retire at the End of the Year







Dr. Joseph Gent


Thank You Dr. Gent

At the end of the year 2020 Dr. Joseph Gent will retire from the Emlenton Family Practice Center on Main Street in Emlenton. Dr. Gent became the Medical Director for the UPMC medical facility in 1989.

Sharon Hoover, (Sharon Guthrie back then), was working at the Medical Center at the time and said this; “Back in January 1981, I believe, when the office first opened I was the first employee there along with Betty Grimm. I had the opportunity to work with many different physicians starting out at the new office, they would come, they would go and I remember stating at one point that we need a solid rock, a caring person, a doctor you can count on that is both professional and caring and goes above and beyond and wants to build a practice to expand many years. So when Dr. Gent was appointed/moved to the Emlenton office, he became the best thing since sliced bread to the residents of Emlenton and surrounding areas. His professionalism was top notch but the caring way he always was to his patients - unmeasurable. Having the opportunity to work with him is truly a gift; so to Joe Gent, a most deserved retirement and thank you for all you have done over the years!”

Ginger Potsubay, an RN Office Nurse who has been at the Medical Center for 32 years said, “I need not remind you that medicine is an art as well as a science. Despite all of the clinic skills and expertise that Dr. Gent brought to Emlenton Area Family Practice, it was his humanity, caring, and concern that was the ultimate measure of success in his career. He will be missed not only by the staff but by the community that he cared for.”

Jennifer Clark, LPN commented, “It has been a pleasure to have worked with Dr Gent for the last 15 years. He is a great physician who was a strong source of support to all of our patients no matter how complex the situation. I am so lucky to have worked with such a caring doctor. I hope he enjoys his well-deserved retirement.”

Dr. Gent was born in Philadelphia, but lived his entire life, except for educational purposes, in Franklin.  He graduated from Allegheny College and The Autonomous University of Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Mexico where he met my wife, Maria Piedad. From there he completed an Internal Medicine residency at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, passed his Boards, and then came back to Franklin. They raised their four children, Janine, Joseph, Matthew, and Madeline here and made many friends along the way. 

Dr. Gent received his first medical license from the state of Maryland in July, 1980. So he has been a practicing physician for slightly over 40 years. After working as an attending physician for many years he gave up hospital practice in his mid-fifties and has since only worked office practice. In 1989 he became the Medical Director at the Emlenton Medical Practice, and has done so for over 31 years.

He cannot imagine anything more rewarding than caring for his patients over the years. He said, “It was not always easy and often times very difficult, but with the help of a very dedicated office staff together we were always able to go forward. Had it been a “one man show” it would have failed miserably but together we got through whatever problem was in our way.” He added, “I am most grateful to everyone that worked with me in the office particularly Ginger Potsubay, Sharon Hoover, Jennifer Clark, Carol Scott, Karen Danko, and Judy Smith.”

He cannot imagine anything more rewarding than caring for his patients over the years. He said, “It was not always easy and often times very difficult, but with the help of a very dedicated office staff together we were always able to go forward. Had it been a “one man show” it would have failed miserably but together we got through whatever problem was in our way.” He added, “I am most grateful to everyone that worked with me in the office particularly Ginger Potsubay, Sharon Hoover, Jennifer Clark, Carol Scott, Karen Danko, and Judy Smith.”

Dr. Gent commented that it was a pleasure working with the Emlenton Medical Board and others in the community. He noted that the community was always very welcoming and that he loved the town. His advice to the incoming physician was to enjoy the practice and the community.

Dr. Gent also added: “Above all I must say my life would never have been so worthwhile had it not been for others. My patients were my friends and what friends they were, I love them all.  My colleagues were always there for me both professionally and personally. Three of whom preceded my arrival and whose experience and guidance made life so much better. These are Dr. Will Fee, Dr. Steven Cenedella, Dr. Howard Kirtland, and Dr. Fred Padin among others. Lastly, I am most thankful to have worked so closely with everyone in whatever hospital setting I might have been. Be they administrators, therapists, ward clerks, maintenance and cleaning personnel, technicians from radiology or the lab, they all played a role in my life personally and professionally. And I have great gratitude for each and every nurse I ever worked with. Even when I reluctantly was redirected in my efforts or the occasional straight talk they so adeptly can deliver like no other, I loved them all.  For me they are the consummate professionals.” He concluded, “How rich and how wonderful so many people have made my being a physician. And, yes, I would gladly do it all again. Thank You Everyone.”


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