Shabana Curmally, BS, RRT, a member of Christiana Care’s cardiovascular team, was awarded Christiana Care’s 2017 PHIL Award.

The PHIL Award is a signature program of the FACES Foundation and was created in 2006 in memory of Philip Lamka by his wife, Sharman. PHIL stands for Pulmonary Health and Illness of the Lungs. It is the only nationally recognized hospital-based appreciation program dedicated to honoring outstanding respiratory therapists, as nominated by patients, their families and caregivers. It is administered by more than 60 hospitals in 18 states.

“Shabana is a great example of our values and behaviors — we serve together, guided by our values, excellence and love,’” said John S. Emberger, BS, RRT-AACS, FAARC, CPHQ, director of Respiratory Care. “The PHIL Award nomination letter from a patient underscored that she was extraordinary, compassionate and caring.”

Curmally has been a therapist at Christiana Care for 14 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in allied health at Wilmington University. She attended the respiratory therapy training program and earned an associate’s degree at El Camino College, Torrance, California.