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New Community Care Provider in Avenal


Cony Rose Bencito, a certified family nurse practitioner, is now caring for patients at two Adventist Health clinics in Avenal.

When she was 5, Bencito remembers, her cousin visited her home, wearing a white cap and nurse’s uniform. “I had this image in my mind that when I grew up, I wanted to be like her,” she says.

Bencito accomplished that goal by graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines.

In 2003, during a nursing shortage in the United States, a hospital in Texas petitioned Bencito to work for them by offering to sponsor her visa, green card, housing, testing and reviews. She moved to the United States and has been a registered nurse for 17 years.

Recently, her mother became ill and Bencito noticed the long wait times to see a clinic provider.

“At that moment I realized I could make a difference and help with the shortage of providers in small towns,” she says.

Bencito went back to school to attend Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in Washington, D.C., where she earned a Master of Science in the Family Nurse Practitioner program.

“I am very passionate about what I do,” she says. “I make the patient feel as though they are the most important person in the room, because they are when it comes to their health.”

Bencito is fluent in English and Tagalog. She may be reached at Community Care – Avenal, 216 Fresno St., with a phone number of (559) 386-5364; and at Community Care – Avenal West, 337 Kings. St., with a phone number of (559) 386-5200.

More information about Community Care services in Avenal is available at

Watch the video below to hear a personal message from Bencito.