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Healing Community
Aug 15, 2018

BB&T associates in Florida give a much-needed makeover to a free, volunteer-run community medical clinic.

“Seven years ago, I was a patient here,” Gail Juneau said. “I had blood pressure numbers that were stroke-level high. My blood sugar was out of control. And I had a suspicious mole on my back.”

A family member brought Juneau to the St. Thomas Aquinas Medical Clinic, where she was treated and referred to a nearby cancer center. Now, she’s cancer-free, in good health and a regular volunteer at the clinic.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Medical Clinic has provided free health care to Osceola County, Florida, for 10 years, thanks to the volunteer efforts of area medical professionals and community members who give their time to help the uninsured.

“Anybody can come to the St. Thomas Clinic, no matter what age, as long as they’re under 200 percent of the poverty level and have no insurance,” said Kelly Bender, clinic manager. “Our door is open, and we make it your home.”

The clinic is an important part of the community in St. Cloud, Florida, a small town just outside Orlando. For BB&T associates in the area, the clinic topped the list of organizations they wanted to help through BB&T’s Lighthouse Project , an annual event providing associates with an opportunity to make a difference in their communities by lending a helping hand.

Alicia Hermosa, BB&T market leader, led a team of BB&T associates from across central Florida to give the clinic a facelift – from exterior landscaping and signage to interior paint, new furniture and an updated patient checkout area.

For Hermosa, the project is a natural extension of her job. “We’re always trying to do something to empower the community and make it better,” she said. “That’s part of our mission.”

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