Alaska Regional Community Health Clinic, Photo: Lauren Horn
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BY SOL DE MEDIANOCHE
This story begins in a supermarket in Sitka, where every evening the employees take out the perishables that were not sold to make them available for hungry people. Among them was Robin Ninefeldt, then a little girl who was lucky enough to have one of the store’s employees ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Like many young children, Robin did not have a definite answer. So the store’s clerk gave her a video about the adventures of science and medicine. After watching it, Robin was certain: “I want to become a doctor”.
The next day, Robin told the store butcher of her decision. “What kind of experience do you have,” he asked. “None,” replied the girl in alarm, as she realized that she must begin to prepare for this journey. The clerk asked, “How much money do you have?” Robin reached to the last coin in the bottom of her trouser bag. “Exactly thirteen cents,” she replied. “You’re lucky. I have pig hearts on sale for six cents per pound, and have one that is about two pounds if you are interested.” She took it home to dissect like the surgeons she had seen in the movie, and it led her to dream even more of the perfection and wonders of the human body. The initial fascination stayed with her to this day. Once a hungry little girl who was shown kindness by a stranger, she worked hard to get into medical school and became Dr. Robin Ninefeldt, founding physician of the new Alaska Regional Community Health Clinic in Anchorage’s Mountain View neighborhood.
“I believe it is our duty to serve one another, that as much as you receive you should also try to give,” said Robin on the opening day of the clinic. “I want to give people medical opportunities like having a primary care, because I have been without one. Having grown up in a situation of need helps me understand the true value of being able to receive health services regardless of income level or insurance.”
Alaska Regional Community Health Clinic in Mountain View opened on December 6 after several months of remodeling. The new facility offers all sorts of consultations “from the cradle to the grave,” according to Robin. This means that the clinic aims to treat every patient, from newborns to geriatrics. Prenatal care is also offered as well as treatment for chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. Laboratory screenings and immunizations are performed, though X-ray service is not yet available. As an added benefit for the Hispanic community in Mountain View and the surrounding neighborhoods, the clinic has bilingual staff thanks to Jessica Cabrera, who is a part of the team.
The Community Health Clinic is open from 8:00 to 5:00, Tuesday through Friday, at 3701 Mountain View Drive. In that office, the girl who became a doctor does not forget that she once had very little, and someone helped her. In memory of this opportunity, she offers professional medical services to all.
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