Stewart opens Buffalo Plains Health Center in downtown Garden City
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 doctors retire and leave, so I felt like there's a need, so let's come back," she said.
Medicine has always been a calling for Stewart who has now been in the medical field for 27 years.
"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."
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.
The new 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. She can suture up your wounds, put on casts, perform ultrasounds, remove things like concerning growths, skin tags, infected toenails, sebaceous cysts and can give injections to joints.
Stewart said she 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.