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Family Nurse Practitioner Receives Congressional Achievement Award

Awards & Recognition

SANGER – Family Nurse Practitioner Elida Gonzalez received the Congressional Achievement Award from Congressman David Valadao for more than 35 years of service in health care.

Gonzalez spent many of those years serving the community of Sanger. She joined Adventist Health / Central Valley Network in August and cares for patients at Community Care clinics in Sanger and Fowler.

Gonzalez was born and raised in Reedley with seven siblings. Her parents were both farmworkers. She remembers working in the fields as young as 5 years old.

“I understand when my patients, a lot of them fieldworkers, come to me with knee pain from picking grapes,” Gonzalez says. “I used to pick grapes, strawberries, tomatoes and cotton, so I know how painful it can be. I also know they’re going to go right back into the fields after I see them because that’s their only means of making money.”

Gonzalez chose a medical career because she wanted to help fieldworkers like her mom and dad. She’s also familiar with the area and noticed a need in her community.

“People want someone who can listen to them in their own language,” she says.

Gonzalez graduated from California State University, Fresno, with a bachelor of science in nursing. She also received a public health nursing certificate. Gonzalez attended University of California at Davis for both her family nurse practitioner and physician assistant training.

She’s married and has one child. In her free time, she enjoys jet skiing at Millerton Lake and camping.

Gonzalez may be reached at the Sanger clinic, 1939 Academy Ave., 559-875-6900; or at the Fowler clinic, 119 S. Sixth St., 559-834-1614.