Osage Nation adds doctors to health center

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Dr. Milner

The Osage Nation Health Center announces the addition of Dr. Trudy Milner and Dr. David Ross, to the medical department of the ambulatory clinic.

Milner is joining the medical staff as a family medicine practitioner. She began her career as a nurse, then applied her skills overseas in a U.S. Army hospital and in the classroom educating other aspiring nurses. After gaining experience and knowledge of the field, she decided to go to medical school. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Milner completed her internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center and her family medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa.

Milner then began a family practice where her patients sought out her experience. In 2001, she graduated from the American Osteopathic Association Osteopathic Heritage Health Policy Fellowship. She served on a variety of medical societies and associations Tulsa Osteopathic Medical Society as president in 2002-2003 and 2004-2005, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Oklahoma Society as president in 2005-2006 and the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association as president in 2007-2008.

“Quality and accessibility of services is our top priority,” said Dr. Ronald Shaw, CEO of the Osage Health Center. “We continue to analyze and assess the needs of our patients and the communities we serve. Dr. Milner and Dr. Ross bring not only medical intelligence but patient compassion to our comprehensive health center and we’re excited to have them on board.”

Patients can now receive in-house psychiatric services with the addition of Ross, a member of the Cherokee Nation. A dedicated and highly qualified psychiatrist, he received his bachelor’s degree from OSU and his medical degree from OU. His residency in psychiatry was at OU in Tulsa. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

The Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center is located in Pawhuska on the Osage Nation campus and provides services to all eligible Native Americans residing within the Osage Nation Reservation, Kay, Grant, Noble, Payne and Garfield counties.

The center provides services that includes a proactive and forward-thinking administration as well as a medical clinic, nursing clinic, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, mammography, optometry clinic, dental clinic, purchased referred care, behavioral health clinic and diabetes clinic.

The 9,371-square-foot facility employs approximately 70 full-time staff, has a current total of 19,971 patient charts, offers a drive-thru pharmacy, pharmacy direct mail program and extended hours, and is projected to have 50,000 patient visits this year.

For more information about the Health Center, visit