Ronnie Hill is a 55-year-old jokester and diabetic who will talk your ear off if you let him. That is why he is especially grateful for Camarena Health’s diabetes support groups – because they give him a place not just to learn, but to socialize.
“I haven’t missed a day for the last year or so,” says Ronnie. “I love the support group because I get to meet new people; I get to talk and visit. I like getting ideas from the other people there, and sharing my knowledge and experience. It’s a big back and forth between us all.”
A Place to Feel at Ease and Find Kinship
Ronnie shows up early for each support group meeting and most of his appointments, simply because he enjoys talking with Camarena Health staff and patients. He will gladly sit in the Sixth Street Health Center waiting room and chat with other patients while waiting for his provider, and he knows most all of the front desk staff by name.
“Camarena Health just feels like a family unit,” says Ronnie. “When I come here and talk to people, there’s a trust here. I can feel it. I feel that trust, and I feel that friendship.”
According to Ronnie, that is what every Camarena Health patient is looking for: a place where they feel at ease, and where they feel a kinship with their provider.
“The people,” says Ronnie, when asked what keeps him coming back to Camarena Health. “It’s the people.”