PHIL Award Winner
October 2009
Mary Lou Drahnak, RRT, NPS, is a Pediatric Respiratory Therapist at Rainbow
Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a Respiratory
Therapist for 25 years at University Hospitals Case Medical Center/ Rainbow.
MaryLou is a registered respiratory therapist licensed in the state of Ohio and
received her Neonatal Pediatric Specialist Credential.

Mary Lou received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Indiana University
of Pennsylvania in 1975. She taught school for five years before returning to
school to fulfill her passion in health care as a Respiratory Therapist. She
received an Associates’ Degree in Science and Respiratory Therapy from
Lakeland Community College in 1984. She briefly worked in the adult arena
prior to pursing the field in pediatrics.  

Mary Lou states that her favorite part of her job as an RT is providing patient
care. Her special interests are working with patients requiring home
mechanical ventilation, tracheostomy care and Asthma education Mary Lou
was nominated for the PHIL award by a mother of an 8 1/2-year-old ventilator
dependent patient who was well known to Rainbow and  spent 10 ½ months in
the hospital after birth.

The nomination reads: “Mary Lou has always displayed the utmost
professionalism and goes way beyond the scope of her position. She always
makes herself available as a resource even when we are not admitted to the
hospital. Her wealth of knowledge and dedication should be recognized.”
Mary Lou Drahnak, RRT
UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
Mary Lou Drahnak, RRT, NPS, (right
center) with (from left) Tim Myers,
Kathleen Deakins and The FACES
Foundation Founder, Sharman Lamka.