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Health, Family, and Love

When Santiago first came to BVMI, he was showing all the classic signs of Type II diabetes. He had blurry vision, frequent hunger and a need to use the bathroom often. “I would be spending time with my family and I would always have to disrupt beautiful moments to go eat or go to the bathroom. My wife was so worried about me.”

Improving His Health, One Step at a Time

When you meet Henry, he immediately shows off pictures of his beaming family: his wife, three successful children and three delightful grandchildren. Despite the smiles, Henry’s life has not been easy, and he has often sacrificed his health for the sake of his family.

A Culture of Caring is Sometimes the Best Medicine

Mary Granholm, BVMI’s nurse practitioner, wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary when Sara came in for a routine check-up to monitor her arthritis. During the exam, Mary was surprised to see a blood pressure reading of nearly 200/100, dangerously high for someone who usually had a normal reading. 

“Because of BVMI, I am limitless”

If you met Laura Mack today, you would never know that she is emerging from the most difficult point in her life. Laura remembers her first visit to BVMI well: it was on August 4, 2014, her sister’s birthday. She knew something felt wrong, but couldn’t tell why.

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Special Treatment Gets Results

When Gerardina woke up on a Saturday morning with a rash on her face, she went to the Emergency Room because BVMI was closed.

Here is How You Helped John Land Back on His Feet

John G., a 19-year-old student, injured his ankle while wrestling in January, 2016. Thinking his injury would improve on its own, he didn’t seek treatment.

Thanks to Your Support, Alma Can Breathe Easier

You can’t do anything if you can’t breathe.” These words from BVMI Nurse Practitioner Mary Granholm hit home for Alma, who has asthma. She came to BVMI about a year ago, after losing her medical insurance.

One-Stop Medical Care

Carmelina and Miguel do everything as a couple – even coming to BVMI – and both are very grateful for the care they receive. 

Conquering Diabetes with Coaching & Information

Sixty-five year old Felix has struggled for years to manage his Type 2 diabetes. When he came to BVMI last year, his healthcare team helped him understand how to regulate his disease.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Teamwork is an essential part of what we do at BVMI, where staff and volunteers work together to create the warm and caring environment that our patients love so much.

No Need to Be Afraid

Nessa’s father died from colon cancer at the age of 67. Nessa’s own history of rectal bleeding prompted Dr. Lisa Ann Miller, BVMI’s volunteer gynecologist, to refer her for a colonoscopy last August, but the 44-year-old never followed through with the test. 

BVMI Social Worker Helps Patient Cope with Tragedy

How do you cope with a miscarriage? This is the question that faced Rosita, who lost her unborn child and strongly grieved for the loss. She became very fearful for her remaining child, forbidding her to play on the playground in case she got hurt and not allowing her to play with other children because she felt it was too dangerous.

8 Days in September

Azul is lucky to be a patient at BVMI.  In fact, her life may have depended on it. A patient since 2011, Azul was diagnosed with anemia. Despite recommendations, she consistently refused to have a gynecological exam. 

All’s Well that Ends Well

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.

Why It Really Matters

What do you do when your patient says he can’t monitor his blood sugar levels because he can’t see the numbers on the machine?

When Cultures Are Different

When Nurse Navigator Vicky Fliman, RN, steps into the exam room, she is prepared to talk with the patient in one of the five languages she speaks. What she must also be prepared for is the many cultural differences that exist. 

At Last – Breathing Easy

Most low-income individuals without health insurance don’t have a doctor.  They wait until they are very sick, then visit their local ER – an expensive way to handle a treatable condition.  Many, like Teresa, don’t know there is another option.

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