(Pulmonary Health & Illness of the Lung)
The PHIL Award was established by The FACES Foundation to recognize outstanding Respiratory Therapists who provide
care and treatment for patients with respiratory conditions. The award was created in honor of Philip C. Lamka who
passed away from Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD).
The PHIL Award honors the unsung heroes in the respiratory profession who understand that each breath matters.
Hospitals currently using The PHIL Award program:
San Fransisco, CA
- UCSF Medical Center/UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital;
Ann Arbor, MI
- Ukiah Valley Medical Center; Ukiah, California
- Saint Joseph Hospital; Lexington, KY
- St. Joseph Mercy Hospital; Ann Arbor, MI
- University of Michigan Hospital; Ann Arbor, MI
- University of Michigan - C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital;
Children’s Hospital of Michigan; Detroit, MI
Detroit Receiving Hospital; Detroit, MI
Harper University Hospital; Detroit, MI
Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital; Commerce Twp., MI
Sinai-Grace Hospital; Detroit, MI
Surgery Center; Detroit, MI
The Rehabilitation Institute of MI; Detroit, MI
Blodgett Hospital; Grand Rapids, MI
- Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; W. Bloomfield, MI
- McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital; Petoskey, MI
- Spectrum Health Hospitals:
Butterworth Hospital; Grand Rapids, MI
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; Grand Rapids, MI
Union; Monroe, NC
- Carolinas Medical Center:
Mercy; Charlotte, NC
University; Charlotte, NC
NorthEast - Concord, NC
- Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital; Cleveland, OH
- University Hospitals; Cleveland, OH
- Roper St. Francis Healthcare; Charleston, SC
In addition to the "Appreciation" sculpture, PHIL Award winners are awarded continuing education opportunities through
paid tuition to their annual professional conference. FACES believes that exposure to new methods and treatments leads
to improved quality of patient care.
About the PHIL Award
People living with life-threatening pulmonary disease feel profound appreciation for the health care providers who allow
them to “breathe easy”. The PHIL Award celebrates a key member of that team: the outstanding respiratory therapist.
This exemplary professional sees the “person” instead of the “patient”; and he or she is committed to the belief that every
In the spirit of The PHIL Award, MK Shannon adapted her sculpture, Appreciation, of a sole standing figure, to include in
its encircled arms a large and fully opened butterfly. The figure’s lines are clean, strong and quiet; the detailed butterfly in
the foreground appears resting, yet ready to flutter.
The unfailing and often background support of the respiratory therapist—who continually seeks more effective ways to
enable the patient to breathe easier—is represented by the figure. The butterfly symbolizes the lungs, in their fragility,
beauty and vitality. The sculptor illuminates the relationship between the respiratory therapist and the patient; in his or her
hands the outstanding caregiver holds the patient’s freedom to breathe easier.
Breathing is natural and the essence of life. Patients with lung disease cherish every difficult breath they take. The
FACES Foundation and the sculpture, Appreciation, honor the respiratory professional that strives to make that breath as
easy as possible.
Honor a Respiratory Therapist
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been helped by the exemplary care of a respiratory therapist, contact us with
your story. FACES will notify the hospital that you would like to sponsor an award.
If you work in a hospital or other healthcare setting and would like to bring the PHIL Award program to your workplace,
please contact us for turnkey materials. The PHIL Award will bring with it recognition and honor and assist you in retaining
a quality staff of respiratory therapists.
Please contact us if support of the many faces of lung disease fits into your corporate giving plans.
"Appreciation" courtesy of The
Bennett Gallery in Placerville,
The FACES Foundation
Family And Caregiver Education & Support
|The FACES Foundation
is a 501(c)(3)
Benefiting the many 'FACES' of those dealing with pulmonary illnesses: patients, families and
caregivers, as well as the unsung heroes in the respiratory profession.