"My whole family receives medical care at Holly Park."
My name is Le Danh and I am 80 years old. The ICHS Holly Park Clinic is like my family.
Before 1975, I was a captain in the South Vietnam Army. After 1975, Communism came to South Vietnam and I became a prisoner of war. After 11 years in jail, they let me out, but then I was under house arrest for seven years. The lack of food and medicine negatively affected my health and my mind.
Most people in South Vietnam had to find a way to get out and escape from the Communist government. They got out by boat and came to the U.S. Many have mental problems after experiencing fear and hunger. They all have a hard time fitting into their new environment. They have a hard time finding a doctor.
Luckily, I went to the Holly Park Clinic. My whole family receives medical care at Holly Park. My grandson is 21 years old. He studies at the UW. There are many hospitals around there. His classmates ask him, “Why don’t you go to a more convenient hospital?” But he still comes to Holly Park to see his provider, Scott Sato.
The relationship between doctor and patient is very, very important. My family nurse practitioner, Kelli Hiraoka, is smart and kind.
I’ve gone to the Holly Park Clinic for 21 years. I tell my friends, “If I see a doctor who is very nice, very friendly, very understandable, I feel like my problem is gone. I have no more illness.” Like yesterday, my wife came to see Kelli. When my wife walked out of the clinic, it was raining, but Kelli ran after her to give her a prescription. She's drenched, so my wife's very, very moved. She started to cry.
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