Dr. Kate Miller had a passion for helping families in rural areas since she was young. The Tulsa area native spent time as a medical assistant and social worker after college, and those experiences helped her decide that she wanted to help rural Oklahomans with financial challenges get the resources and health care they need.
“The families I encountered in social work in a rural area and the need for access to resources was something that encouraged me to make an effort to give back to rural communities and help as much as I could,” said Dr. Miller.
After five years of social work, Dr. Miller attended the OSU Center for Health Sciences and Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2019. She then completed her residency at Northeastern Health System in Tahlequah and is now board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Miller said she likes internal medicine for the wide range of patients with unique needs that she can treat.
“Chronic disease and medicine are very interesting to me. I enjoy meeting new people each day and spending time getting to know my patients,” said Dr. Miller. “I love being a hospitalist because each room is something unique and it keeps me busy and engaged.”
Hillcrest Henryetta is an ideal work environment for Dr. Miller, who said she loves the close-knit community.
“I wanted to work in a rural hospital because I prefer smaller towns where I can form personal relationships with staff at the hospital and relate to my patients,” said Dr. Miller. “I feel a great sense of pride to work for a hospital with such a great reputation. The staff at Henryetta are family and we treat each other and the patient population with kindness and respect. People are given individual attention if needed and that is something I appreciate.”
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