Atkinson Building, 17 Research Drive, Amherst
I first met Katherine J Atkinson (aka Dr. Kate), at a distance anyway, when she spoke before a packed church at a memorial service eight years ago for her Dad, Dr. Rollin Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon who gave a legion of patients, including me, a second chance at enjoying life via his gifted expertise with joint replacement.
The writer in me was struck by the unfairness of his sudden passing, only a year into a well-earned retirement. His dutiful daughter directly addressed what a lot of us mourners were thinking, saying what we didn't know is that her dad suffered a heart attack twenty years earlier, and fully recovered.
But, if he had succumbed then -- and not been able to help us overcome our debilitating ailments or to guide his daughter along the same path to becoming a healer -- that truly would have been the definition of "unfair."
So I find it both fitting and fair that after five l-o-n-g years of work, including contentious political debates before Amherst Town Meeting and the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Atkinson Building -- providing a new home to the Atkinson Family Practice -- would open for business less than a week before Christmas.
Amherst's very own, "Miracle On Research Drive."
The new building harnesses sustainable energy via solar panels on roof
Ginger, the color coordinated therapy dog
With 3,500 patients, having ten examining rooms cuts down on waiting