FAIRBANKS — Mountain View Medical Center is about to get a new kind of view: of Peger Road. The clinic will move from its Doyon Estates location to a place just off Peger Road near A&W Wholesale Company.
The move comes as the clinic continues to grow in size and patient base. Dr. Katherine Johnson, who co-owns the clinic along with her husband, Dr. Pierre Johnson, said the move was motivated by a need to grow.
“We’ve outgrown our current space,” Katherine said. Katherine is an ophthalmologist, and Pierre is an internal medicine specialist. Their current practice also includes an optometrist. They hope to expand the practice to include additional optometrists as well as a physician’s assistant to help in internal medicine.
The contractors broke ground in April and are on track to finish construction by December, and the building will be open in January, Katherine said.
The expansion comes just a handful of years after the Johnsons moved up from Miami to Fairbanks to start their practice.
“It will be five years this December,” Katherine said. “Things are going great, we absolutely love it here.”
The Johnsons were told by other Interior physicians they’d likely have to wait five years before they’d start seeing any profit from their practice. Their investment paid itself off after two years.
“We’ve had a phenomenal welcome from the community and from other physicians,” Katherine said.
It isn’t all about the profit though. Katherine said being able to bring her 4-year-old and 2-year-old children to work with her has been invaluable. She said both the patients and her staff interact with the kids.
While Katherine said the difference between Fairbanks and Miami patients is “like a breath of fresh air,” there have been a few challenges. Since 65 percent of her patients are on Medicare, “We’ve made a commitment to keep (billing) Medicare,” she said. The hardest part of that was learning how to do the medical billing coding to stay in compliance.
She said it was worth it though.
“The patient base here is just wonderful.”
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