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I wish to clarify a misunderstanding in the Sept. 3, 2004 Juneau Empire article about my retirement. A statement was made in the article that "he (Dr. Henry Akiyama) could not find anyone meeting his standards to take over his practice." The fact is there were many reasons why my recruitment efforts were unsuccessful.
It has been a long and disappointing search to find the appropriate physician that my patients need and deserve. I regret that Dr. Nathaniel L. Haddock decided not to take over my practice. He is a caring, dedicated physician and family man who specializes in adult internal medicine as I do. We worked together for three years in an atmosphere of mutual respect and support. It is my understanding he will remain in Juneau and continue to care for his and other patients.
I had postponed my retirement several times because there appeared to be a physician shortage in Juneau. Recently, new physicians have arrived in town. We are blessed with many experienced and skilled physicians aspiring to high standards of care.
When I retire on Oct.15, 2004, I will miss the challenges of my medical practice and the professional interchanges with my patients/friends, but all good things must come to an end.
I am profoundly grateful for the privilege and honor of serving Juneau's wonderful people.
Henry I. Akiyama