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It is 6:30, on a Tuesday night at North Coast Health, and Kim Miller is here volunteering as a nurse in our evening clinic.
Kim has had times of struggle, and actually at one time was a patient at NCH. In 2009, he was working in Quality and had been laid off. A cascading amount of life changing events followed, with marital strife, the death of his sister, divorce from his wife of 18 years, and the death of his father. He had challenges, and states, “they always say God can never give you more than you can handle…I was not so sure…it was a dark time in my life”
When he lost his job in 2009, he called his physician at the time, and was told that he could “self-pay for his visit, at a cost of $135 a visit.” Out of work, back in school, and struggling to make ends meet, he turned to North Coast Health for support.
Kim shared that “North Coast Health means an organization of people coming together to give back to society, to share with others, providing hope, medical care and understanding.” With tears in his eyes, he says, “Dr. Tomsik and the staff are amazing. I told my struggles, and they were non-judgmental…I never felt like a number…they took the time with me…they really cared.”
North Coast Health was there to support Kim, through counseling and getting his life back on track.
Today, he is engaged, planning on getting married in August of 2015, working fulltime, completed his childhood dream of being a nurse and is looking forward to finding a career in nursing. He is volunteering at North Coast Health “to be there to help others who are in the same challenges, to share with them stick in there…I am proof positive that things can turn around!”
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