Dr. Roger “Corky” Trotter, chief of staff at Western Plains Medical Complex, has received the “2008 Physician Leadership Award” from LifePoint Hospitals Inc., with whom WPMC is affiliated. The award was presented at the company's annual summer Leadership Conference in Chicago in June.


Dr. Roger “Corky” Trotter, chief of staff at Western Plains Medical Complex, has received the “2008 Physician Leadership Award” from LifePoint Hospitals Inc., with whom WPMC is affiliated. The award was presented at the company's annual summer Leadership Conference in Chicago in June.
    “We are very proud of Dr. Trotter, and our community is so fortunate to have him here,” said hospital CEO John Walker. “He is so deserving of this honor, as he exemplifies our company's 'High Five' guiding principles by demonstrating a passionate focus on quality of care, effective leadership among fellow physicians, respect and appreciation for employees as caregiver partners, willingness to be involved in the community and a commitment to cost-effective care.”
    Dr. Lanny Copeland, chief medical officer for LifePoint Hospitals Inc., presented the award.
    “At LifePoint, our ability to achieve our mission of making communities healthier and delivering high-quality patient care totally depends on strong partnerships with physicians,” he said. “That's why we created the Physician Leadership Award. We are privileged to have some of the very best doctors in the country, like Dr. Trotter, at our hospitals. Thanks to our physicians, we are able to serve families in non-urban settings, providing the care they need and the quality they deserve close to home.”
    Trotter is a native of Dodge City. He attended Sterling College, where he played football and ran track. He completed his B.S. in pharmacy, cum laude, at the University of Kansas in 1971 and his M.D. at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1974. He completed his residency in Family Practice and Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Ind., in 1977 and practiced in Minneola from 1977 until 1982.
    Trotter is respected as a leader among his peers, serving as an effective spokesperson on behalf of physicians' involvement in the success of the hospital. And, he is actively involved in physician recruitment, helping the hospital attract new medical talent to the community.
    A Joint Commission-accredited, 99-bed hospital, Western Plains Medical Complex currently offers southwest Kansas an extensive list of health services, including diagnostic and interventional cardiology, a cardiac cath lab, cardiac rehab, a 64-slice CT scanner, 24-hour emergency care, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit, a GE lunar bone densitometer, and inpatient and outpatient surgery. More information about Western Plains Medical Complex can be found on its Web site, www.WesternPlainsMC.com.