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African American History Month Spotlight: Gralyn Matthews

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In February, we pause to celebrate African American History month. This is a time to recognize the significant contributions of African Americans in our society. At UF Health Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville, we honor our African American associates, faculty and staff who lead in health care and positively impact our community.

Meet Gralyn Matthews, a patient relations representative who has been with UF Health Jacksonville for eight years.

What do you enjoy most about working at UF Health Jacksonville?

The camaraderie! It’s exciting and very fulfilling working with teammates across various lines (medical and non-medical) as we take care of our patients, their families, visitors and each other. Many of our patients and their families have expressed their appreciation for the warmth, comfort and compassionate reception and care we’ve given them during their hospital stay with us. To see and hear this response is priceless!

What does your African American heritage mean to you?

A strong sense of pride in family and community. I was reared by a family and community that cared and looked out for one another. Each subsequent generation has passed along the sense of belonging, support, and direction. To see my family and others in the community respond and share these same values has served as inspiration for me.

What’s something positive you would like for others to take away from your culture?

Embrace our family, the community and values. There are many families in our culture that can add to the building blocks of strong communities. Strong communities build a strong world.

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