About Bates, Miller, & Sims

We believe that the best way to approach health care is to look at the whole patient to achieve optimal physical and mental health through cost-effective, evidence-based, and responsive care. Our caring team is responsive to patient needs and is sensitive to individual beliefs and personal values. 

About Our Practice

Bates, Miller & Sims is a full service practice of Family Medicine that includes obstetrics, pediatrics, family medicine and gynecology. It has been serving Lincoln county and the surrounding areas since 1972 when Dr. Bates started seeing patients in a small trailer. He included delivering babies for his first two years in practice before stopping OB care.

Dr. Miller started solo family practice in 1985. He had a special interest in obstetrics and reopened and redesigned the labor and delivery unit at Fort Logan Hospital. It became the first birthing center in the state of Kentucky. Family centered childbirth proved to be very popular with patients and his practice grew quickly. He was among the first doctors in the area to hire a nurse practitioner and subsequently a physician assistant to help care for all his patients.

Dr. Sims joined the practice in 2000 and also had a similar love for obstetrics and pediatrics. In 2005, Dr. Bates joined his practice with Drs. Miller & Sims. In 2008, Drs. Miller & Sims helped design the present Birthing Spa located in the new EM-FLH (link to birthing spa site) The three physicians have over 90 years of practice experience. They are now assisted by 4 PA's and 3 NP's including 2 who practice midwifery. All work together providing quality healthcare to people of all ages.