Dr. Robert Johnson

March, 2012
River Falls, Wisconsin

Dr. Robert Johnson is a full time physican with the River Falls Medical Clinic who has been serving the health needs of the community for more than 32 years. In addition to his full time duties as a physician, he is also a founding member of the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties, and serves as the Medical Director of the clinic.

The vision for the clinic was sparked on a Lion's Mission Trip to Mexico. He and his wife Mary Conroy-Johnson determined there were many unmet health needs in their own local community, and wanted to do something about it. The two worked tirelessly to establish the clinic, traveling the state, observing various free clinics, and seeking local volunteers from the two-county area to serve as a board for the local free clinic. Dr. Johnson serves as the medical director and staffs the clinic many weeks of the month. He reviews the patient progress notes, laboratory and radiology results, and assists in providing necessary follow up care or making the recommended follow up appointments with specialists as needed. 

In addition to his work with the free clinic, Dr. Johnson has provided medical direction and fundraising assistance for 22 years to Camp Needlepoint, an American Diabetes Association camp in Hudson, Wisconsin for diabetic youth that is sponsored locally by the Lion's Club.

For his tireless service to his community through the Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties, the Lion's Club, and Camp Needlepoint, Dr. Johnson is the recipient of the March 2012 Wisconsin Heroes Award.