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2018 Doctors' Day Contest Winners


CENTRAL VALLEY – Dozens of patients throughout the Central Valley shared their excellent experiences with Adventist Health physicians during a Doctors’ Day contest in March.

The entries were placed into a random drawing for a chance to win an Apple Watch or Fitbit Ionic. Two winners were selected: one from Kings County and one from Fresno County.

The winners were Melanie Arevalo, a patient of Dr. Gerald Rogado, who cares for patients at Adventist Health Physicians Network in Hanford; and Maria Aurora Resendiz, a patient of Dr. Ishwaree Chogle, who cares for patients at the Adventist Health Medical Office in Sanger.

Here are the winners’ entries:

“During the summer of 2017, I was diagnosed with hypertension. I wasn’t monitoring my blood pressure like I should have, nor was I consistent with taking my medication. In October 2017, my father passed suddenly from a heart attack. Devastated and scared, I went to see Dr. Rogado to get my health on track. My blood pressure was high and it was then that I was also diagnosed with diabetes. It was an extremely stressful time. He and his nurse sat with me as I cried. They comforted me and listened. Dr. Rogado was caring, yet straightforward. I needed to take better care of myself. Today, I am 25 pounds lighter, my blood pressure is within normal range and my diabetes is better controlled. He has even called to check on me. I appreciate all that Dr. Rogado has done to help me feel healthy again.” ~Melanie Arevalo, Hanford patient

“…I have been staying with my family [in the Central Valley] and started having knee pain. I went to Adventist Health Medical Office-Sanger and was sent for an X-ray. When I went in for my results, Dr. Ishwaree Chogle recommended a knee injection for the arthritis in my knee. She explained the procedure completely to give me peace of mind. I am so grateful to her for her kindness, concern and explanation of arthritis and how treatment could help me.” ~Maria Aurora Resendiz, Sanger patient

Both winners chose the Apple Watch as their prize.

Dr. Rogado may be reached at Adventist Health Physicians Network in Hanford, 1524 W. Lacey Blvd., Ste. 102, with a phone number of (559)-537-0340; and Dr. Chogle at Adventist Health Medical Office in Sanger, 1939 Academy Ave., with a phone number of (559)-875-6900.