Date: 8/2/2004

Phillips named IAFD Family Physician of the Year

HOBART — Family Practice Physician Donald Phillips, M.D., will be named the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians Family Physician of the Year on Saturday, July 24 at the group’s annual meeting in French Lick, Ind.

Phillips was nominated by his long-time patient and former colleague Marcia Speer. Speer, a retired Hobart pharmacist, said Phillips has a special talent for diagnosing. “I’m sure that I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Dr. Phillips,” Speer said, explaining Phillips’ accurate diagnosis decades ago of the rare condition she suffers from.

Phillips, who is on staff at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, has been practicing medicine in Hobart since 1966. He’s been in his current office building just north of St. Mary since 1969. “I didn’t want to do just one thing. I wanted to see everything, the variety,” Phillips says of his choice to go into family practice medicine. “I wanted to see the whole person.”

After attending Indiana University School of Medicine, Phillips completed his internship at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Seven years later the Gary native settled in Hobart. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corp from 1966 to 1976. He and his wife have two children and one grandchild.

In 1997 Phillips founded the not-for-profit Healthcare Advocacy Group, Inc. This organization supports those who run into major impediments with health insurance. Phillips founded the group after years of experience both as a physician and healthcare consumer to champion patient rights.

Phillips said he was very surprised and pleased by the honor.

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