Published on March 03, 2020

MidMichigan Honors Respiratory Therapist with PHIL Award

Photo of Dennis Dunlap, Respiatory Therapist at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot, holding his PHIL Award and Certificate.

Dennis Dunlap, Respiatory Therapist
MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot

MidMichigan Health recently recognized Dennis Dunlap as the 2019 recipient of the PHIL Award. This annual award is part of The FACES Foundation’s program to recognize exemplary national 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 other caregivers. Dunlap was presented the award at a ceremony at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot on February 27, 2020.

Dunlap was nominated by numerous employees, who said he always comes to work with a ‘can-do’ attitude and positivity that not only improves the stay of his patients but also helps uplift his team. Other co-workers noted that he is a great respiratory therapist and teammate, and goes above and beyond to help his patients.

Each year, MidMichigan Health selects one respiratory therapist to honor from the nominations it has received. During an award presentation, the honoree is presented with a certificate and award sculpture entitled Appreciation, which was adapted by creator M.K. Shannon especially for the PHIL Award.

“We are proud to partner with The FACES Foundation to recognize and honor our outstanding respiratory therapists,” said Bryan Cross, Pharm.D., M.B.A., system vice president of professional services. “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 one way for us to do that.”

The FACES Foundation is a Michigan-based national non-profit organization, founded in 2006 by Sharman Lamka in memory of his husband, Phillip C. Lamka. Phil died as a result of complications from an Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). The mission of The FACES Foundation is to acknowledge and promote professional excellence in the education and care of patients with life-threatening lung diseases.