Dr. Katrina M. Hess, a family medicine physician and medical director of the Hess Clinic and Hess Medical Services in Hays, will receive an Alumni Achievement Award from Fort Hays State University Friday during Homecoming celebrations.
Hess earned a B.A. in chemistry from FHSU in 1989.
The FHSU Alumni Association Achievement Award is given for outstanding, unselfish contributions in service to community, state or nation, both as a citizen in the recipient's chosen career and through philanthropy.
The award will be presented at the annual Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet Friday, Sept. 30, during Homecoming celebrations at FHSU.
For the first year after her graduation from FHSU, Hess was a biochemistry research assistant at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, from which she graduated as a doctor of medicine in 1994. She was a resident physician at Smoky Hill Family Practice in Salina until 1997, when she became a staff physician at Hays Family Practice. In 2000, she opened Hess Medical Services and Hess Medical Clinic, which now employs a staff of 16 and serves 5,000 patients from Hays and northwest Kansas. She also served eight years as a surgical technician and unit leader in the U.S. Army Reserve, achieving the rank of staff sergeant.
"She gives freely of her experience and expertise to anyone who could benefit from them," wrote Dr. James Hohman, chair and professor of chemistry at FHSU, who taught and advised Hess during her time at the university, in a letter supporting her nomination for an Alumni Achievement Award. "A medical practice depends in part on the 'people skills' of the doctor: empathy and a genuine caring attitude are as important in many cases as high intelligence and clinical skill. Dr. Hess possesses all these attributes to a very high degree," Hohman said.
While at FHSU, she earned an academic scholarship and the Chemistry Department Academic Scholarship, was a member of the Chemistry Club and was president of the Physics Club. She was the department's ACS Outstanding Senior Student in 1989.
Hess is a member of the Kansas Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
She is a member of and has received the resident Teaching Award from the American Academy of Family Practice and has served as a board member of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians and on the board of directors and the active staff of the Northwest Kansas Surgery Center.
Hess is also a volunteer faculty member at the University of Kansas and participates in Fort Hays State's nurse practitioner program and in Wichita State University's physician assistant program.
She has volunteered as a medical missionary in Panama and as a physician in various indigent health care clinics and has served as physician to a pediatrics diabetes camp. She also served as director of the Veterans Affairs Branch Clinic and organized the new VA-Hays Branch clinic.
Hess and her husband, optometrist Kendall Krug, a 1983 FHSU graduate, have two children, Laura and Russell.
The FHSU Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 37,000 graduates living throughout the United States and 61 foreign countries.