Published on April 26, 2022

Holzer Honors Outstanding Respiratory Therapist with PHIL Award

Mike Seagraves, RT

Mike Seagraves, RT

Holzer Health System has selected Mike Seagraves, RT, to be its 2022 recipient of The PHIL Award. This annual award is part of The FACES Foundation's program to recognize exemplary respiratory care. The PHIL Award is the only nationally recognized hospital-based program that honors outstanding respiratory therapists, as nominated by patients, their family members, and other caregivers.  This is the first year for Holzer to implement and present the PHIL award at our organization.

Mike was nominated by several staff members who wrote that “Mike is genuine and caring. He always goes the extra mile for his patients.” Other nominations included remarks about his experience and ability to help educate and assist those to provide the best care possible. Another shared, “Patient’s love Mike and always light up when he enters a room.”

Mike joined Holzer in February 1999 as a Respiratory Therapist. He completed his education at the California College for Health Sciences. When asked about his award, he replied, “It’s an honor to receive the PHIL award. I enjoy working at Holzer and providing care for people I know. We’re providing excellent care, close to home.”

Mike and his wife, Brenda, reside in Pomeroy, Ohio. They have three children and five grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, playing with his animals, and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Annually, Holzer will select one respiratory therapist from the nominations received. During an award presentation, the honoree is presented with a certificate and award sculpture entitled

Appreciation, which was adapted by creator MK Shannon especially for The PHIL Award.

“We are proud to partner with The FACES Foundation to recognize and honor our outstanding respiratory therapists,” said Luke Rice, MBA, RRT, Director of Respiratory Care Services, Holzer Health System. “Mike sees the ‘person’ instead of the ‘patient’; and is committed to the belief that every breath matters. It’s important that our respiratory therapists know their work is highly valued, and The PHIL Award provides a way for us to do that.”

To learn more about the program, or to nominate a Holzer respiratory therapist for the PHIL award, visit




About The FACES Foundation

The FACES Foundation is a Michigan based national non-profit organization, founded in 2006 by Sharman Lamka in memory of her husband Philip C. Lamka. Phil died as a result of complications from an Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD). The mission of The FACES Foundation is to acknowledge and promote professional excellence in the education and care of patients with life-threatening lung diseases. Learn more at or 877-505-2075.

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