David Beck, Respiratory Therapy, Mayo Clinic Health System – Oakridge in Osseo, is the first recipient in Wisconsin of the PHIL Award, an annual national recognition award for respiratory therapists.
OSSEO, Wis. — David Beck, a respiratory therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System – Oakridge in Osseo, recently became the first recipient in Wisconsin to receive a PHIL (Pulmonary Health and Illness of the Lung) Award, an annual national recognition award for respiratory therapists. Beck was nominated for the outstanding care he provided during the patient’s recent hospital visit.
He was nominated by a co-worker who wrote in the nomination, “We had a ‘trached’ patient [who was] struggling to breathe and extremely anxious during an initial weaning process. David was so understanding and spent time explaining to the family what was going on, got Nursing involved, and took the extra time and effort to get the patient into a specialized chair. David then took the patient and all of the vent equipment outside to our courtyard to enjoy the beautiful summer weather.”
Beck received his award in a surprise ceremony at the hospital. “This is a great honor. Working here is a true pleasure,” says Beck. “The team in Osseo is excellent. You have an opportunity to get to know everyone, and we, the physical therapists, respiratory therapists, nurses, social workers, speech therapists and more, work closely as a group. This has been a perfect fit for me.”
“Respiratory therapists are the unsung heroes who truly understand that each breath matters,” says Ann Johnson, director of Pulmonology, Respiratory Care and the Center for Sleep Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. “Each year, one respiratory therapist who provides outstanding care and treatment to patients will receive the PHIL Award.”
Respiratory therapists may be nominated for the award by a patient, visitor, volunteer or employee. The award will be given to a respiratory therapist who has been nominated based on professional excellence and compassion in the education and care of patients with pulmonary disease. Nominations are accepted throughout the year through an online nomination form on mayoclinichealthsystem.org.
The PHIL Award, sponsored by the Family and Caregiver Education and Support Foundation, was founded in 2006 in memory of Philip C. Lamka, who died as a result of complications from a lung disease.
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