Holman reaches 10 years of local medical service

In many rural communities, finding and keeping a good doctor is a big challenge. Not so in Philip, where Dr. David Holman has been practicing family medicine for over ten years.

"Recruiting doctors to small towns is tough," said Kent Olson, Administrator of Philip Health Services. "We are thrilled to have a doctor like Dave Holman."

According to the federal Office of Rural Health, only about ten percent of physicians practice in rural United States, although nearly one quarter of the population lives in these areas. To address the difficulties of providing medical care in a rural community, Philip Health Services is designated by Medicare as a critical access hospital. This means that the hospital receives extra resources to address community health care needs. Family practitioners are the key component of keeping a rural hospital up and running.

The rural nature of Philip and the ability to provide family health care are exactly what attracted Holman to this community. He grew up in Spokane, Washington, and attended the University of North Dakota for his bachelor's degree. He continued his education at UND, completing both his medical degree and his family practice residency there.

"I've always liked the outdoors, the small towns, the Midwest," Holman said. "I really like the down-to-earth people you find in places like Philip."

Why Holman chose a career in family medicine instead of a specialty field, he said, "In family practice, you see a little bit of everything. You never get entrenched in one single aspect of medicine; you see and do and learn something new every day. Also, you get to establish real relationships with people, with families. You get to watch kids grow up. In my opinion, there is no better way to practice medicine."

Dr. Holman is vigilant about keeping up his medical skills through continuing education and training. He maintains certification in advanced cardiac life support, advanced life support in obstetrics, pediatric advanced life support, advanced trauma life support and other designations. He has a particular interest in pediatrics and enjoys seeing children and babies for checkups, immunizations and other routine care.

Dr. Holman sees patients at the Philip Clinic, Kadoka Clinic and the hospital emergency room. His busy schedule does not stop him from enjoying life in Philip to the fullest. Sports, community and school activities keep Holman and his wife, Terry, busy throughout the year. Holman particularly enjoys roping and riding his horses and hunting deer and elk. Two of his children are grown, a third attends school in Philip, and he has one grandchild. As for his rewarding medical career in a vibrant rural community, Dr. Holman said, "It just doesn't get any better than this."