SwedishAmerican Hospital Honoring Outstanding Respiratory Therapist with The PHIL Award

SwedishAmerican hospital has selected Joseph Hulbert to be its 2017 recipient of The PHIL Award. This annual award is part of The FACES Foundation’s program to recognize exemplary respiratory care. The PHIL Award is the only nationally recognized hospital-based program that honors outstanding respiratory therapists, as nominated by patients, their family members and coworkers. This is the first time the PHIL award has been presented in the State of Illinois.

Joseph Hulbert was nominated by various patients and families, as well as his coworkers who say that Joe always has the patient’s best interest in mind and goes well above and beyond to care for his patients.

“Joe is the type of therapist that every manager looks for,” said Christopher Swartout, manager of Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Function. “Joe works well under pressure and always has a smile on his face, even in stressful situations.”

This is the first year that SwedishAmerican has selected a respiratory therapist to receive this award. During the award presentation, the honoree was presented with a certificate and award sculpture entitled Appreciation, which was adapted by creator MK Shannon especially for The PHIL Award.

“We are proud to partner with The FACES Foundation to recognize and honor our outstanding respiratory therapists,” said Swartout. “This exemplary professional sees the ‘person’ instead of the ‘patient’; and is committed to the belief that every breath matters. It’s important that our respiratory therapists know their work is highly valued, and The PHIL Award provides a way for us to do that.”

About The FACES Foundation

The FACES Foundation is a Michigan based national non-profit organization, founded in 2006 by Sharan Lamka in memory of her husband Philip C. Lamka. Phil dies as a result of complication from an Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). The mission of The FACES Foundation is to acknowledge and promote professionl excellence in the education and care of patients with life-threatening lung diseases. Learn more at www.fhtefacesfoundation.org or 877-505-2075

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency. Additionally, SwedishAmerican has achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

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Katryna Kirby