Meet Wanda Johnson with Columbia Family Clinic
For almost 30 years, the name Wanda Johnson has been associated with Columbia Family Clinic.
Johnson was a receptionist in 1988 when Hattiesburg Clinic first took over the family clinic. She left the clinic following the birth of her second child but returned in 1994. She moved from the receptionist position into patient accounts, and eventually took over as clinic manager, a role she has occupied for over 11 years.
Marion County has always been home to Johnson. Although she was born in Alexandria, La., she moved to Marion County at the age of three, where she has lived ever since – almost. After graduating from West Marion High School, Johnson moved back to Alexandria but stayed less than a year before returning home to Columbia.
Johnson has two children – a son and a daughter, who also live in Marion County with their children. Having her family close is one thing Johnson treasures.
“I have the best of both worlds,” Johnson says of her grandchildren. “They are my life. You think you love your kids, but just wait until you have grandkids.”
When she isn’t spending time with her family, Johnson devotes herself to Columbia Family Clinic. Johnson describes herself as hardworking, which is evident in her path to clinic manager. She was rewarded for her dedication to Columbia Family Clinic and given the opportunity to work her way up to where she is now. As manager, Johnson oversees all of the daily operations of the clinic, but it’s the people who truly make her days enjoyable. Johnson loves to interact with patients and considers her co-workers some of her closest friends.
According to Johnson, “Anybody who knows me knows that I have Columbia Family Clinic at my heart.”
When she reflects on her years at the clinic, there are two people Johnson credits with her success – God and Jackie Parker.
“Mrs. Parker made me the manager of Columbia Family Clinic,” said Johnson. “Without her trust in me, I would not be where I am today. God worked out all of that for me to have this manager position at the perfect time.”
Favorite travel destination: The beach. I go to Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.
Words that best describe yourself: Dedicated, honest and hardworking
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be: Shrimp
Favorite quote or verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11