Stewart opens Buffalo Plains Health Center in downtown Garden City
Garden City has a new medical practice.
On June 22, Dr. Pamela Stewart opened Buffalo Plains Health Center.
Stewart, a former partner at Plaza Medical Center, said the idea to open her own facility began in September 2019.
Stewart said there was a need for another healthcare option in the community, so, after being away from Garden City for the past three years she decided to come back and open her own practice.
"We've had a lot of doctor's retire and leave, so I felt like there's a need, so let's come back," she said.
A native of Independence, Missouri, Stewart spent much of her life on the move.
As a teenager she spent a year living in Honduras, a place where she has repeatedly returned on medical missions overseeing a clinic.
"In fact, I left Plaza because I was going down there more and spending time," she said.
After earning her high school diploma, Stewart attended Park University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.
Stewart then attended Kansas State University where she received her master’s in Chemistry.
She later attended the University Kansas School of Medicine where she received her medical degree. Her residency was completed at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Stewart has now been in the medical field for 27 years.
Medicine was a calling, Stewart said.
"I did my graduate work in chemistry and I just felt like my penchant was not to sit in a laboratory all the time, I was more interested in a more direct relationship and helping them on their road to a healthier lifestyle, healthier body, healthier being," she said. "So medicine seemed like a good avenue to do that in. It felt like a calling, honestly."
After leaving Plaza Medical Center Stewart has traveled around the country performing locums at various health institutions.
"I've spent most of the time of the last three years working in Alaska," she said. "I've worked with a lot of underprivileged native peoples in a variety of places."
Stewart has worked out in the Grand Canyon with the Havasupai; Gallup, New Mexico with the Navajo; Alaska with the Yupik people and in rural Honduras with the native Hondurans.
She has also worked in Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix.
Working and creating relationships with patients is what Stewart loves about being in medicine.
She likes building relationships with her patients, seeing the positive results and helping them achieve their health goals and a lifestyle that "mitigates complications from disease."
This is why Stewart has opened her own health clinic, she was frustrated with the healthcare system and how it’s being delivered to patients.
Buffalo Plains Health Center is a "direct primary care model," Stewart said.
It’s an independent medical facility that is membership based where people can pay a monthly fee, pay for three months or six months or a year in advance. Labs and medications are deeply discounted.
The clinic provides general medical care and is much less expensive than a regular medical facility and allows her to be more involved with her patients, Stewart said.
"It’s reflective more of why I went into medicine," she said. "I want to spend my time with the patient, getting to know them, helping them, meeting their healthcare goals, help them better their health in ways that they are comfortable with as best we can."
Anybody can be a member of the clinic, there’s no stipulations, Stewart said.
"People with insurance, people without insurance," she said. "It's a membership, so none of the other is an issue."
At the clinic Stewart, as board certified in family medicine, does basically everything.
"I can suture up your wounds, I can put a cast one. I don't have in-house x-rays, that's something that would not be part of this," she said. "I do have an ultrasound, so I can do a number of things with ultrasound, not everything, but there's some basic stuff that we do."
She can also remove things like concerning growths, skin tags, infected toenails, sebaceous cysts and can give injections to joints.
Stewart also treats "all of the routine stuff, just being sick today or chronic problems like diabetes and high blood pressure and basic skin problems."
For more information go to buffaloplainsmd.care or call 620-260-9850.