Why Patients Seek Them Out
Bill St. Pierre believes a team approach to his medical care saved his job—and maybe his life.
A long-haul truck driver since 1963, St. Pierre, who has diabetes, feared losing his livelihood when his blood sugar levels got so high that his doctor put him on insulin.
“Insulin is a no-no in the truck driving world,” explains St. Pierre, of Floyd, who also has coronary artery disease and hypertension. “If I couldn’t control my blood sugar, I could lose my CDL [commercial driver’s license]. That thought really depressed me.”
St. Pierre was being treated at Carilion Clinic’s Family Medicine practice in Floyd. It is one of Carilion’s patient-centered “medical homes” with an innovative, team-based approach to primary care.