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Health in a New Home

It can be hard to stay away from a place that feels made for you. Massimiliano, an Italian immigrant, traveled to the US six years ago as a tourist and knew this was the place for him. That visit would ultimately lead to a new chapter in his life, especially amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Massimiliano’s journey to the United States was initially meant to be a temporary change from the routine of his life back in Italy. However, he was amazed to see the difference in life. He found himself drawn to the idea of making this country his new home.

“I like this place — I like America… this is the first country where everything you see on TV is true. I worked all over Europe and the businesses look different. When I arrived [in the United States] at the airport, I saw the big cars and the food was huge. I love New York, I love Philly, but not to live. This place [Kennett Square] is quiet, and I like it,” said Massimiliano.

Not only did he like this place for the “mindset” as he states, but the COVID-19 pandemic also affected his decision to choose this place as his new home. “The pandemic in Italy was very bad. Two lockdowns and it felt like you could not go out in public forever. If you needed groceries, you would need to sign up. Then you would show the police your sign-up when you arrived at the grocery store.”

As Massimiliano navigated the complexities of relocating to a new country, he encountered various challenges, particularly in accessing healthcare. Because he was an immigrant without familiarity with the U.S. healthcare system, a colleague referred him to LCH.

Fortunately, Massimiliano found support and guidance from LCH. Massimiliano now has an Italian doctor at LCH who cares for him in his preferred language.

“It’s really great! I like the doctor because I like the person. I don’t know how you say it in English, but she is very gentle… if I have problems – speaking in Italian is so much easier for me,” stated Massimiliano.

He is able to communicate his concerns with ease without having a translator explain his health to him. He is comforted knowing he can have his questions answered to him right then and not worry about challenges with a translator.

Throughout his journey, Massimiliano has prioritized his health and well-being, recognizing the importance of his care and regular check-ups. He has even recommended his doctor to a friend who only speaks Italian.

As Massimiliano reflects on his journey, he is grateful for the support he received from the LCH team, which played a pivotal role in ensuring his smooth transition to life in the United States. Today, Massimiliano continues to thrive, with his LCH care team to support him.