PHIL Award Nomination

The PHIL Award honors the ‘unsung heroes’ in the respiratory therapy profession who understand that each breath matters. Cullman Regional takes pride in implementing The PHIL Award program to honor respiratory therapists.

Patients, visitors, physicians, and employees of Cullman Regional may nominate a respiratory therapist who deserves the PHIL Award by filling out the online form below or filling out a paper form and dropping it in one of the PHIL Award Collection boxes located on each inpatient care unit and in the main hospital lobby area.

Each PHIL Award honoree will be recognized and receive a certificate, a PHIL Award pin and an appreciation sculpture. Additionally, the honoree will receive a scholarship to attend their state associations upcoming respiratory conference.

The PHIL Award will be given annually to one respiratory therapist, who has been nominated on the basis of professional excellence and compassion in the education and care of patients with pulmonary illness.

Important note: For your privacy and security, please do not include any personal medical or billing information in your submission.

  • Please give first and last name, if you know it.
  • Share your experience of outstanding care and treatment with us. Please provide details of how a respiratory therapist has provided professional excellence and compassion in the education and care of a specific patient and/or family dealing with pulmonary illness.
  • Pick the role that best describes you.

About the PHIL Award

The PHIL Award (Pulmonary Health and Illnesses of the Lungs) was established by The FACES Foundation to recognize outstanding respiratory therapists who provide care and treatment for patients with respiratory illnesses. Sharman Lamka established The PHIL Award as part of The FACES Foundation after her husband, Philip C. Lamka, passed away from an Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). Sharman wanted to establish a way of acknowledging the valuable role that respiratory therapists play in the lives of patients with life- threatening pulmonary illnesses. Learn more at or by calling 877-505-2075.

2022 Award Recipient

Debra Nelson, RRT recognized with Cullman Regional's first PHIL Award Watch Now