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Korri Phillips, MD – Creating a Culture of Caring

Korri Phillips (Sept. 25, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.

Korri Phillips, MD, has been with Stormont Vail Health in Topeka for 12 years. She is innovative in her thinking and has created an environment where all are valued. Under her leadership, each team member’s success is the team’s success. This inclusive atmosphere, shows the concern and care for each team member, which better enables them to care for patients. Her leadership skills have helped to create the caring culture of small moments, where every contact is an opportunity to exceed expectations and offer compassionate support. Her team members celebrate success together and learn from challenges with an undeterred spirit.

Dr. Phillips has served the Stormont Vail Health medical staff by continuously working to improve the medical staff bylaws, a thankless job. She has led the credentials committee to become a well-organized and thorough state, which ensures the safety and quality of every patient served. She also has been instrumental in the development of an urgent care solution for the entire community. She is a confidant to senior leadership, and her opinions are sought and valued.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Phillips and her team were able to set up drive-thru and free-standing respiratory clinics in less than three days. These clinics continue to ensure the care and safety of the community today. Whether it is protecting her staff in an outdoor tent during a hailstorm, or moving the clinic quickly and efficiently to escape the searing heat, she can be found where the work is occurring. Leading and caring continuously and tirelessly. She does what she does every day just because that is what is needed.

Dr. Phillips s respected by all of whom she cares. She works consistently to ensure both staff and patients are treated compassionately and fairly. Her efforts to improve processes, ensure quality, efficiency and access to care have resulted in better health for all Topekans.

Dr. Phillips will be recognized with other Health Care Worker of the Year nominees during the KHA Virtual Convention, Oct. 21-23. The winners also will be recognized at their hospitals.
--Jan Fenwick