Stanley Phillips III, MD

Age: ​32

Hometown:​ Madison, WI from Cathedral City, CA

End of Service: ​July 11, 2013

Birth: May 19, 1981

EMS Service: ​University of Wisconsin Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin


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Dr. Stanley Thomas Phillips III, 32, died in a tragic accident on July 10, 2013.

1999 Rim Graduate, Pennsylvania State University 2003, Touro University School of Medicine, resident doctor in Long Island, New York at the Good Samaritan Hospital and Winthrop Hospital, University of Wisconsin Medical Center.

Stanley recently began practicing as a neonatal pediatric physician at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center in Madison Wisconsin. He was an exceptional doctor dedicated to saving the lives of fragile infants. His commitment to the medical field and his works were remarkable. Stanley will be missed by so many as he made such a mark on this world. His passion for learning and his enthusiasm for the care of newborns were amazing. Stanley Phillips' dedication to saving lives will continue through his gift as an organ donor. He truly is a real life Super Hero!

He is survived by Parents, Stanley and Connie Phillips, grandparents, Stanley Phillips Sr., Jack Forney and Nancy Forney, siblings, Connie Jean and A.J Gaul, Patrick Phillips, Matthew and Ashley Phillips, and Nicole Phillips as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his grandma, Darlyn Phillips.

Family and friends of Stanley will gather to celebrate and honor his life on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 9:00 am at St. Louis Church in Cathedral City, CA 92234. Burial will follow at Desert Memorial park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Stanley Phillips III Memorial fund through Meriter Health Services.

UPDATE: A jury on Thursday awarded $100,000 to the parents of Dr. Stanley Phillips III, who died after a Meriter Hospital ambulance carrying him crashed in 2013, but gave no award for pain and suffering he may have experienced.

The verdict won’t give Phillips’ parents more money than they have already received.

UnityPoint Health-Meriter’s main insurance company, Sentry, paid a $1 million settlement in the case, its total potential liability. Sentry and Meriter’s other insurer, Medical Protective Co., agreed before the trial to cover $504,000 for medical bills, funeral costs and loss of companionship, which comes out of the $1 million.

In the trial, held this week before Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess, the doctor’s parents, Connie and Stanley Phillips Jr., 58, of California, asked Medical Protective for $3 million for pain and suffering and at least $3 million for loss of support.

Medical Protective had to pay only if the jury awarded more than $496,000, which would have raised the total to more than $1 million. Because that didn’t happen, the total award, from Sentry, will remain $1 million.

The parents’ attorney, Jeffrey Zirgibel, of Brookdale, said Phillips had been planning to support them in their retirement. An economist hired by them said the doctor would have earned $12 million to $16 million during his parents’ lifetimes and could have spent 20 percent of that on them.

But Barrett Corneille, of Madison, an attorney for Medical Protective, said it wasn’t clear Phillips was going to help his parents and he might have earned less — by joining Doctors without Borders, for example.

Phillips, 32, a UW-Madison newborn care fellow, was on Meriter’s mobile newborn intensive care unit, heading to Appleton to bring a baby to Meriter for surgery by a UW specialist, about 12:35 p.m. July 10, 2013, when the ambulance crashed on Highway 26 about 10 miles south of Rosendale.

Ross Fleming, a Meriter employee who was driving, was fined $213 for failure to keep the vehicle under control. He told investigators he accidentally drove off the road as it curved and couldn’t get back before the vehicle hit a culvert and flipped on its side.

Three other medical workers in the ambulance were injured.