The three generations of women pictured here have deep connections to our community and to North by Northeast. We met Skylar in the fall of 2011 when she joined our mentorship program as a junior at Jefferson High School. We immediately loved Skylar’s cheerful personality and got to know her well during her yearlong internship. A quick learner and eager to put her new knowledge to use, Skylar talked with her family and friends about the risks of high blood pressure. When her grandmother, Sue Price, needed help, Skylar’s knowledge and familiarity with North by Northeast’s services was invaluable. Sue had lost her job eight months’ prior and been unable to refill her blood pressure medicine. Skylar encouraged Sue to come to our walk-in clinic, where volunteer Dr. Tom Syltebo got her back on her blood pressure medication. Her pressure was soon down to normal but a month later Sue began experiencing pain in her left arm. She called us, and our staff talked her through the warning signs of stroke and heart attack and advised her to go to the emergency room. Sue credits this advice with saving her life. Though she is no longer a patient at North by Northeast – she now has Medicare – Sue is an active member of our Patient Wellness Council, coordinating quarterly potlucks for the group and injecting her humor and great spirit into the Council’s monthly meetings.
For the past year we’ve also gotten to know Shawn Price: Skylar’s mom and Sue’s daughter. Shawn also came to North by Northeast concerned about high blood pressure. Over the past year, with medication, lifestyle coaching and lab monitoring, Shawn has seen her blood pressure come under control. Shawn believes North by Northeast has been life-changing for her and her mom: “I’m so thankful for the care given to me this year,” says Shawn. “I am convinced I would have had a stroke without this clinic. Please know this place is essential to our community’s survival. Even though small in size, the clinic excels in treating the patient as a whole and creating a personal relationship. This should be the standard in healthcare.”
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