Idaho Rural Health Association Honors Nurse Practitioner as Rural Health Hero
Katy Searle, FNP-C, of Firth Medical Center received the Idaho Rural Health Hero Award at the Idaho Rural Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Awards Reception on October 23.
The awards are given to recognize rural health educators, community advocates, healthcare providers and program administrators who demonstrate outstanding service and dedication to rural communities. Nominations described the many contributions of this year’s awardees as advocates, communicators, educators, collaborators and innovators.
Katy has provided health care to the community of Firth in southeast Idaho since 2004, and has been the owner of Firth Medical Center since 2005. She grew the clinic, which serves about 500 patient visits per month in a community of 400, into a successful practice with 11 employees and three nurse practitioners. She also serves as a preceptor for nurse practitioner students, introducing them to rural health care.
Pictured are Katy Searle, FNP (on right) with Melody Weaver, PhD, FNP, (on left) who is president-elect for the Idaho Rural Health Association.