Deanna Ward Plain, MD is becoming a familiar face in Jefferson County. She began seeing patients at Jefferson County Hospital and Waurika Family Care in November. Her day begins at 7:00am in the hospital rounding on inpatient acute care patients. By 9:00am she in the Clinic seeing patients for a wide range of needs including diabetes and high blood pressure to coughs and colds. She is also on call for the emergency room and rounds once a week on patients in the skilled care unit. She does this from Monday through Thursday, every other week.
Ward earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics with a minor theatre art. She then attended medical school at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center and residency at St. Anthony’s (OKC). Dr. Ward is board certified in Family Medicine and Palliative/Hospice Medicine.
Dr. Ward worked as a Hospitalist at St. Anthony’s and for the past few years she has taught part time at the St. Anthony’s Residency program while raising her two children, ages 3 and 1.
One day Dr. Ward received a call from an old friend - Dr. Holly Goracke. “Dr. Goracke was a resident when I was an attending,” said Ward. “She said there was a need for a physician to work in a rural setting. Looking for change, I thought I would look into it.”
“I came down and did one shift and I knew I was home,” shared Ward. “I have always wanted to practice in a rural setting where I could spend more time with my patients and take care of the whole family.”
Growing up 35 miles south of Waurika near Jolly, Texas, Dr. Ward graduated valedictorian from Henrietta High. “I was familiar with Waurika as my family and I would eat at Bill’s Catfish,” said Ward. “But a fun fact I didn’t know is Waurika is the parakeet capital of the world.”
For right now, Dr. Ward commutes to Waurika for her shifts. “My husband is a fourth generation firefighter and works in Oklahoma City,” smiled Ward. “We have a RV that we bring here and set up in the hospital parking lot. Think of Gonzo Gates of the 80’s Trapper John TV Show!”
While on shift, Dr. Ward is always within 20 minutes of the hospital. So in the evenings when the patients are settled you can find her in the trailer with her family eating dinner, teaching the alphabet to her kids or catching a nap.
“I want everyone to know that I consider all of my patients as family,” said Ward. “I won’t tell them anything or do anything that I wouldn’t do to my own family.”