Long time Ketchikan Pediatrician David Johnson retires
January 03, 2017
Dr. Johnson came to Ketchikan 46 years ago as an officer in the US Public Health Service fresh out of internship and assigned to the Indian Health Clinic located in then Ketchikan General Hospital. He picks up the story:
David and Jenny Johnson
Johnson said, “There have been many changes in those years. When I arrived in 1970 we had one ECG machine in the hospital, no pulse oximetry, no ultrasound, or computers. When I returned in 1974, I was one of ten private physicians who took ‘city call’ in a rotation to cover the emergency room for patients who presented without a physician, since we had no emergency room physicians. “ In those days the Emergency Room was two rooms near the soon-to-be-discontinued operating rooms at Ketchikan Medical Center."
“Through it all,” Dr. Johnson continues, “the single most important aspect of medical practice that kept me here was the competence and dedication of my colleagues on the medical staff, the nursing staff, the support staff and the local administration. It has truly been a privilege to work with such a moving tapestry of outstanding individuals.”
Jenny Johnson RN will continue in outpatient surgery, Dr. Johnson says, “we are building a smaller house south of town on the water—our version of “moving south in retirement. I plan to continue on the community board and the foundation board, with other activities to be determined.”
Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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