OSSEO, Wis. — Patrick Baker, a respiratory therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System – Oakridge in Osseo, is the recipient of the Pulmonary Health and Illness of the Lung (PHIL) Award, an annual national recognition program for respiratory therapists. Baker was nominated by two co-workers for the outstanding care he provided during a patient’s hospital stay.
The first nominator says, “Patrick is one of the best respiratory therapists I have ever worked with. He works well with all patients, but especially children. He always is anticipating what the patient will need and is very accurate. I've been on both sides of the spectrum with Patrick as a co-worker and a mother with a sick child in the ER. From personal experience and having a sick ‘respiratory’ child in the ER, the work he does is amazing. I felt my child was well taken care of, and Patrick recognized when he needed further care than this facility could provide. There is a calming presence when he is with us in the ER and the situation is intense. Patients appreciate him, and we are lucky to have him.”
The second nominator says, “Patrick is an amazing therapist. We had been taking care of a patient with advanced pulmonary fibrosis. The family was struggling with the fact that their family member was dying. It was something I had never experienced as a therapist — witnessing the love and compassion given by a co-worker that can soothe an entire room of grieving family members. Patrick held the hand of the patient’s grieving wife, comforting her as she cried, while he prayed with her. We were called into the room because the patient was starting to struggle. I went to the bedside with the respiratory equipment. Patrick went to the other side of the bed where he held the patient’s hand. He gently placed his hand on the patient’s forehead, and that’s when the patient opened his eyes, smiled and said, ‘Hi Patrick, how are you?’ As soon as the patient was aware that Patrick was there taking care of him, he was calm. His breathing slowed, and he was able to rest. The family requested that Patrick stay in the room with them as the patient passed. He did, and the patient passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family.
Patrick displays every great quality that all Mayo Clinic employees should strive to have. He truly represents Mayo and everything that Mayo Clinic stands for. I feel truly blessed to work with such an outstanding person, and I hope that one day I can be half the therapist he is.”
Baker received his award Dec. 13 in Osseo. “I became a respiratory therapist at Mayo Clinic Health System about four years ago. The reason why I’m a therapist is because I had changed careers after I was involved in a car wreck. I received such compassionate care when I was in the hospital for months and had difficulty breathing,” says Baker. Baker says he decided that he wanted to be the person to provide others with this care because of his life experience. “The choice to go into respiratory therapy was simple for me. I wanted to help others. We have such a great support team at Mayo Clinic Health System, but none of us could do this without the rest of us. I’m so honored. The award is beautiful. It’s going on my mantle at home.”
Other Mayo Clinic Health System respiratory therapists nominated for the PHIL Award include:
- Lexi Bablick, Eau Claire
- Erika Maas, Eau Claire
- Maureen O’Donnell, Eau Claire
- Wendy Pilgrim, Eau Claire
- Marcie Rosas, Menomonie
- Charlene Rosenbrook, Bloomer
- Chad Spangberg, Eau Claire
About the PHIL Award
The PHIL Award was created in 2006 in honor of Philip C. Lamka, who passed away from interstitial lung disease. The award is the only nationally recognized hospital-based recognition program dedicated to honoring outstanding respiratory therapists who provide exemplary care and treatment for patients with respiratory illnesses. Respiratory therapists are nominated by patients, family members and other caregivers. Nominations are accepted throughout the year.
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Press ContactDan Lea