Lexington, Ky. (November 13 2019) – Saint Joseph Hospital presented the 2019 PHIL Award to respiratory therapist Diana Walker, RRT, as part of its annual Respiratory Care Celebration. Walker received the PHIL (Pulmonary Health and Illnesses of the Lung) Award in recognition of her exceptional treatment and ability to motivate patients by going above and beyond her duties in their support and care.
The PHIL Award is the only nationally acknowledged hospital-based recognition program honoring outstanding respiratory therapists. Walker is one of 19 honorees around the country, and Saint Joseph Hospital is the only hospital in Kentucky to have a respiratory therapist recognized with this honor.
A co-worker nominated Walker for the award, citing her consistently polite and eager attitude, her willingness to come in early and stay late, her constant enthusiasm for passing along her medical knowledge, and her role as a beacon of spiritual support for patients and co-workers.
“She is professional, kind and treats all patients with dignity,” said her nominator. “I love that Diana sees the healing power of prayer for her patients. Diana consistently demonstrates the core values of excellence, integrity and compassion.”
The PHIL Award was created in 2006 in honor of Philip C. Lamka, who fought Interstitial Lung Disease. The award honors and recognizes the unsung heroes in the respiratory profession who understand that each breath matters.
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.
About Saint Joseph Hospital
Saint Joseph Hospital is a 433-bed hospital located in Lexington, KY. Established in 1877 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky and is a nationally recognized tertiary medical center. Saint Joseph Hospital is Lexington’s first hospital. The hospital’s original mission was to provide compassionate care to the poor and underserved – a tradition still carried out today.
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