With First National’s help, doctor can take a deep breath, get to work.
Dr. Jason Sweeney recognizes one of the key roles of an anesthesiologist is to ease a patient’s pain well before any medication or anesthetic is administered.
Sometimes, a warm greeting and detailed explanation is the best medicine.
“You have to establish a level of trust very quickly,” said Sweeney, 36. “You’re entering a traumatic portion of someone’s life when they’re about to have surgery. They’re going to be nervous anyway.”
A confident calm suits Sweeney well when first meeting a patient. It also worked out for him when time came to create his own practice, Alpine Anesthesia LLC.
Alpine opened in the new Creekside Surgery Center at Providence Alaska Medical Center in October 2010. The Anchorage center is a joint partnership between Providence and local physicians specializing in Orthopedic, Podiatry, Neurosurgery and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery.
Sweeney learned in March 2010 he’d secured the contract to supply anesthesia services at the new center. The six-year Air Force veteran had a business plan in mind, one that included hiring a staff of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, bookkeepers and other personnel.
Good people don’t come cheap, so Sweeney asked cohorts in the medical industry about who provides the best financial services. It didn’t take long for him to make his way to First National Bank Alaska and relationship officers Siri Hill and Teresa Powell.
“I was told First National was the only bank worth dealing with,” Sweeney said. “I met with Teresa and Siri and told them what I wanted. They customized a plan and presented it to me.”
The bank supplied Sweeney with a line of credit, allowing Alpine to stand on sound financial ground from the get go.
“We provided him with the working capital to get started and see the practice as one that will only grow,” Hill said. “It’s a great opportunity for (Sweeney) and a great one for First National.”
Sweeney and First National have made for a perfect match. Sweeney said he loves online access to his account and the ability he and his bookkeepers have to easily see various reports needed to conduct business. As the practice picks up, Sweeney foresees the addition of lockbox services and potentially payroll direct deposit.
“The bank has everything I’ve needed,” he said.