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Wilson Clinic and New Horizons
By Patrick Branco


May 03, 2007

With all due respect to Dave Kiffer and others nostalgic for many things in Ketchikan, the name of New Horizons was not lightly arrived at and has far more meaning than Island View Manor. In my five year tenure at KGH, the nursing home has not been referred to as Island View Manor. When we completed the much needed renovation of the nursing home it begged for a new name. Let me explain the rationale behind the name change. In days gone by, admission to the nursing home often meant a long stay usually through the end of the resident's life. Today's nursing home is dramatically different. Far more residents go home following a period of rehabilitation with an excellent cadre of physicians, nurses, and technicians. The residents have many new horizons ahead of them filled with hope and opportunity. The name, Island View Manor, is beautifully tranquil and deserves to be remembered fondly. The name, New Horizons, speaks to the heart and hope of our residents. It is not about you, it is about them. I am thankful to Mr. Kiffer for raising the issue and expressing his thoughts. I, too, believe firmly in honoring our roots. I must say that I prefer the name Little Flower Hospital to the name Ketchikan General Hospital but time marches on.

Patrick Branco
Ketchikan, AK

Received May 02, 2007 - Published May 03, 2007

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