PVH doctor battling COVID passes away: 'We are devastated'

Palo Verde Hospital (PVH) is mourning the loss of one of its own after the death of Dr. Adolfo Macaraig Paglinawan.

Known affectionately throughout the community as Dr. P, Paglinawan was battling COVID-19.

“It is true. We are devastated. All I can tell you is that we are trying to set it up to bring his NP (Nurse Practitioner) on to help his patients. This affects the SNF (Senior Nursing Facility) as well. He saw most of the patients. He was a member of this community for many years. We are doing our best to fill in the gaps and pick up the pieces of this. Our staff is beside themselves. The tragedy is real. That is all I can say now,” stated PVH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sandra Anaya on Jan. 11.

A 1983 graduate of the Southwestern University College of Medicine in Cebu City, Philippines, Paglinawan conducted his residency in Milwaukee, Wisc., at the Internal Medicine, Sinai Hospital and served an internship at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Paglinawan was certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine, spoke three languages – English, Spanish, and Tagalog – and was issued a license from the Medical Board of California in April of 1991.

Having previously served as PVH’s Chief of Staff, Paglinawan was known as an affable local physician who was dedicated to caring for his patients.

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