Nina first came to BVMI three years ago when she was a senior in college. She couldn’t get rid of her abdominal pain or persistent fever. Consequently she was missing school and falling behind.
Holy Name Medical Center directed her to BVMI and, once she became our patient, Dr. Don Weinstein, a volunteer, diagnosed her with ulcerative colitis.
BVMI then helped Nina obtain pharmaceutical assistance so that she could receive medication at a reduced cost. As a final precaution, Dr. Philip Micale, a physician in private practice who sees some BVMI patients pro bono, administered a colonoscopy.
Nina is now working and able to afford insurance but her mother and brother still come to BVMI. Her brother comes for wellness visits because, “he supports the family. We have to keep him healthy,” said Nina. “I am thankful that BVMI is here. Otherwise I would have fallen through the cracks and not be where I am today.