Arvea's Story: "Find Someone Who Will Listen"
Arvea Woolridge understands how important listening is when she thinks about her care at GBMC. A 2019 diabetes diagnosis landed Arvea in the hospital. “When I left to go home, my A1C was really high,” she says. She quickly found herself faced with a host of new challenges and many questions surrounding her health: What was she allowed to eat and how much? What medications did she need to take?
In the midst of an overwhelming situation, Arvea credits her GBMC care team with listening to her needs and coordinating her care to get her health back on track, ultimately lowering her A1C nearly five points from 11.7 to 6.9! Everyone from her doctors, nurses, dietitians, care manager, and office staff provided her with the attention needed to manage her overall health and return to a full and active life.
Through her diabetes experience, Arvea realized the benefits of getting her primary care at GBMC. “I love GBMC. I’ve had all three of my kids here, and now my primary care is here. I have a tag team...people working together as a team for the common goal of seeing to it that my health becomes better.”