Re: Wilson Clinic
By Dave Kiffer
April 27, 2007
I agree with Janet Spear that it is sad that the hospital is
"retiring" the name of the Wilson Clinic.
I guess I should be happy that Peace Health kept the name for
such a long time after the Wilson family left the local medical
community, but it is unfortunate that it has chosen to replace
with something as bland and - unfortunately - "clinical"
as "Peace Health Primary Care."
It reminds me of another recent hospital change when "Island
View Manor" became the incomprehensibly vague "New
Horizons Transitional Care Unit." Not all change is for
It is interesting to think of how we commemorate important local
people and how transitory those commemorations can be. For example
as we have replaced airport ferries in the past few years, we
lost important commemorations.
Dick Borch and Ken Eichner, giants in our local search and rescue
communities, lost their commemorations when their ferries were
"retired." The same could happen the borough replaces
the ferry "Bob Ellis" in the next few years.
Sometimes, local officials will downplay the need for naming
things after important local people by noting that years later
no one remembers what the person was famous for. To me, when
people ask who Ernest Houghtaling - for example - was, it gives
me the opportunity to talk about his years of service on the
I would hope that Peace Health will at least keep the Wilson
name on the clinic building so that when someone asks who the
building was named after I can say that Dr. Arthur Wilson Senior
was there when I was born and his sons Dr. James and Art Junior
where there to keep me healthy when I was growing up. I'm sure
that a lot of Ketchikan residents can tell the same stories.
Received April 25, 2007 - Published April 27, 2007
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