Our physicians are experts and great people too!
Suzanne Harris, MD, the November 2016 Provider of the Month. Dr. Harris is Board Certified
in Family Medicine and joined the medical staff as an adult
hospitalist in 2008. A native of Torrington, Wyo., she attended medical school at the
Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica and completed her residency at the
Marquette Family Practice Residency Program in Marquette, Mich.
Dr. Harris always had an interest in helping others, and being a physician
has enabled her to do that and still have a fulfilling career with different
challenges every day. She worked in a traditional family medicine clinic
when she first began her practice, seeing both inpatients and outpatients,
but was looking for a way to have more time with her family.
Even though the technology has improved access to patient information,
Dr. Harris feels the increasing use of computer documentation has decreased
some of the face-to-face interactions with patients.
Dr. Harris works hard to make sure she spends time with her patients, and
has nothing but praise for the team of nurses, secretaries and other staff
who contribute to patient care. She talks of a recent experience with
a patient from out of state who had suffered a heart attack while on a
hunting trip to Gillette. The patient was a little anxious to receive
care in a much smaller hospital than he was used to, but called his experience
‘wonderful’ and better than his own hometown hospital.
When she’s not working, Dr. Harris loves to do just about anything
outdoors. She is a flight surgeon for the National Guard in South Dakota,
and calls riding in a helicopter her method of stress relief. Husband
Mike is retired from the Army and now a stay-at-home dad with their sons
Jacob, 13 and Luke, almost 11, in Deadwood, SD.
Thank you Dr. Harris, for providing our patients with excellent care.