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Spring 2019

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86 S PRIN g 2019 PracticeLink.com live & practice wineries, not to mention the work/ life balance that is possible at an organization like Providence and in a setting like Walla Walla. For a small town, Walla Walla gets its fair share of tourism, too, thanks in great part to the wine industry. "When we moved here in 2000, there were 25 to 30 wineries," says Davidson. "Now there are approx i mately 15 0. It's been interesting to watch the growth of the wine industry and with it, fine dining options and elegant hotels and bed and breakfasts." Fo r t h o s e t h i n k i n g a b o u t relocating to Walla Walla with their families, Davidson says he has been very happy with the school system. "Both of our kids were educated in the public school system and had opportunities for acceleration," he says. Plus, Walla Walla also has three colleges, which brings differing perspectives into the town. "The colleges provide a broader base and views and consideration about topics," he adds. When physicians are looking for permanent employment, Davidson encourages them to think about their lifestyle as a whole — not only what they really enjoy about medicine, but what they really enjoy outside of medicine, too. "Our training leads us to believe that medicine should be done a certain way and we're so immersed in that environment that we don't really ask ourselves, 'So what about the other things beyond work that are important to us?'" "If you can go through that exercise then I think you are more likely to get something that's probably going to be a better long-term fit." For Davidson, Walla Walla was just that. Staunton, Virginia With a Main Street that was recently named by Architectural Digest as one of the 30 most beautiful main streets across America, Staunton, Virginia, epitomizes small-town life. Situated between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, the small city of 24,000 is in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. The outdoors are a vital part of the culture here, but equally so are heritage, the arts and a sense of community. W o R K I N g I N A R u R A l, com mu n ity hospita l, Frank Johnson, Jr., M.D., began his career in family medicine practicing just about every kind of care. As he puts it, he enjoys managing a wide variety of medical conditions in a variety of age groups, and in the early years, he was even delivering babies. As a physician with Augusta Health, which operates a 255-bed hospital along with numerous primary care offices and specialty practices, Joh nson's a reas of practice have developed over time. For the past 20 years, he has specialized in geriatric medicine and preventive medicine with an emphasis on managing lipids in complex patients. In addition to being certified in family practice and geriatric medicine, he has also earned board certification in hospice and palliative medicine. Johnson trained at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency at Spa rta nbu rg Regional Medical Center in South Carolina. He chose to practice at Augusta Health due to both the qu a l ity of ca re, a nd the opportunities present in Staunton and the surrounding areas. "Augusta Health offered a vibrant medical community with excellent specialty coverage," he says. "It's located in a beautiful setting with great proximity to surrounding major u niversities, while still having the benefits of a smaller town lifestyle." "It's a ver y col leg ia l g roup o f p h y s i c i a n s ," s a y s D a w n Funkhouser, physician recruiter at Augusta Health. The organization is cu rrently recru iting for an interventional cardiologist, a critical care pulmonologist, an advanced gastroenterologist, a neurologist, and physicians specializing in pr i m a r y c a re , rheu m atolog y and urgent care. According to Funkhouser, the hospital is doubling the size of its emergency department and just opened its third cardiac catheterization lab. The hospital's state-of-the-art equipment includes the da Vinci robot. As Funkhouser puts it, "we have a lot of the amenities that you would find at a larger hospital." The Augusta Health Cancer Center has an affiliation with Duke Cancer Network, a partnership that allows the hospital to provide a broad range of cancer services for Staunton's population. W h e n F u n k h o u s e r t a l k s to physicia n ca nd idates, she emphasizes the highly livable quality of the area. "You can live in a not- so-densely populated area but have that small, tight-knit experience of community," she says. City of Staunton Director of Tourism Sheryl Wagner says that Staunton's location in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley allows for

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