Thundermist Health Center: Pauline’s Journey to Health

32 years ago, Pauline Ridlon was a new mother trying to navigate the health care system and get care for her newborn son. Without health insurance, she didn’t know what to do. The baby needed his immunizations, but Pauline was unsure where she could get the care he needed.

Three decades ago Thundermist helped Pauline when she didn’t know where to turn. This started a more than 30-year relationship that has helped Pauline improve her health and life.

“I come to Thundermist for primary care, but a whole group of people help,” explains Pauline. “They help me with my diabetes, my mental state of mind, my depression, access to special doctors. Thundermist helps me with all of my care.”

Pauline attends Thundermist’s diabetic support group, and it’s made all the difference in helping to get her chronic condition in control. The monthly group helps patients to learn from each other and know there are others in the same situation. Thundermist staff leads the group and shares ideas of how patients can help control their diabetes.

It’s not just the services that have made an impact for Pauline. It’s the staff who show her they really care about her health and well-being.

Thundermist has made it so I can be comfortable in my health care. They have my back,” says Pauline. “They answer my questions and address my problems. They make my life a little easier.

Pauline participated in the ribbon cutting of the expanded Woonsocket medical and behavioral health facility. She said the building is a tremendous asset to the community.

“When I first started going to Thundermist in Woonsocket it was just one room. Now it’s a humongous facility that has everything I need. It’s modernized and up to date. But, despite the size you feel comfortable. They help you feel at home.”

The story Pauline tells about Thundermist is one of confidence. She is grateful for the care she receives and the staff whom she trusts.

“Thundermist has brought me through some tough times. I put my life in their hands, and I know they’re going to make everything better.”

Thundermist Health Center has locations in Woonsocket, West Warwick and Wakefield, Rhode Island. Call 401-767-4100 for an appointment.

Thundermist Health Center is featured on the YurView television program Your Health through April 20, 2019. Your Health can be viewed in Rhode Island on Cox Channels 4 and 1004 Sundays at 7pm, Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 9pm and Saturdays at 12:30pm and here on YurView.com.