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Hanford Physician Receives Physician of the Year Mission Award

News HANFORD – Dr. Daniel Engeberg, Hanford Family Practice Residency Program director, was awarded the Physician of the Year Mission Award at Adventist Health’s Physician Leadership Symposium in Sacramento in October.
“Dr. Engeberg was selected from our network to receive this award because he embodies our mission and focus on whole-person care,” said Wayne Ferch, president and CEO of Adventist Health / Central Valley Network. “He teaches the meaning of sacred work to our residents and devotes his free time to serving the underserved in our community.”
He and 15 other physicians in the four-state Adventist Health system were honored because of their compassionate drive and exemplary care.
“We have developed many helpful ways to measure the effectiveness of our mission efforts, but nothing speaks more clearly about the strength of our mission than the work of these physicians we honored at this event. Their work is an expression of God's love,” said Paul Crampton, assistant vice president of Mission and Spiritual Care for Adventist Health
“I was honored. It’s always nice to be recognized.” said Dr. Engeberg, “I think it’s a team effort. The residency has really made a difference for the community. I think it is emblematic of the philosophy of the hospital.”
Dr. Engeberg, who has practiced family medicine for 32 years, has been a member of the Consolidated Medical Staff of Adventist Health / Central Valley Network since 2000. He came to Hanford to be closer to family after practicing for years in the Simi Valley area.  
He sees patients in a busy private practice at 1105 N. Douty St., Suite A, in Hanford and spends countless hours overseeing the Hanford Family Practice Residency Program, the first in Kings County to train new family physicians.
What Dr. Engeberg enjoys most about being a faculty member is seeing medical school graduates develop and mature into physicians that practice whole-person care.
In addition to working tirelessly in the local community, Dr. Engeberg and the resident physicians travel to Costa Rica and Guatemala to serve the poor in need of medical care. On these trips, the doctors each see as many as 80 patients each day. 
“It’s extremely rewarding and exhausting, but at the end of the week we come back with smiles,” said Dr. Engeberg, “When I come back from the mission trips, I appreciate how fortunate we are to live in a country that has so much, and yet so often we take it for granted or we complain. It certainly puts things in perspective.”
He and the residents also make weekly trips to local Safe Harbor homes to treat the severely impaired and volunteer at schools to provide physicals. 
Dr. Engeberg earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University, and completed his residency training at Hinsdale Hospital. During his free time, Dr. Engeberg enjoys reading, cooking, jogging, swimming, golf and gardening. 

PHOTO: Adventist Health leaders presented Dr. Daniel Engeberg, second from left, with the Physician of the Year Mission Award at the Physician Leadership Symposium in Sacramento in October. Leaders included, from left, Wayne Ferch, Central Valley Network president and CEO; Adventist Health corporate Senior Vice President Scott Reiner and corporate Chief Medical Officer Dr. Keith Doram