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Collaborate, Innovate, Educate

Our Committee members work to advance the collaborative approach to PH care. Nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, physician assistants, social workers and other healthcare professionals team up to develop innovative research and education initiatives. They provide unique and useful resources to hone our members’ skills. PHPN’s Committees lie at the core of the Network’s mission to unite the professional community in providing the best care possible for PH patients.

Take your commitment to the next level – join one of our committees and help forge the future of PH care! Download a committee application to get started today. Have a question? Email the chair of any committee or to find out more.

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Communications Committee

The Communications Committee engages with members and encourages them to utilize the benefits available to them, such as the Mentor Program and Committee membership. The Committee keeps members informed of all PHPN committee projects and activities, actively grows and promotes the Mentor Program, develops wellness resources for healthcare professionals and identifies needs within the community to better support PHPN members.

Chair: Cheri Abbott, RN, CCRP -
University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, Colo.


Education Committee

Charged with the development of educational assets for the PH community, the Education Committee produces a wealth of novel resources for patients, caregivers and medical professionals. Its projects have included the creation of our Pediatric Patient Handbook and our Ten Things to Do when Diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension wallet card.

Chair: Mary Knabe, RN, MSN -
BryanLGH Medical Center
Lincoln, Neb,

Vice-Chair: Janine Martin, RN, BSN, CCRN-K - 
Oregon Pulmonary Associates
Portland, Ore.

Practice Committee

As an increasing number of clinics are now treating PH patients, there is an emerging need to share the best practices for PH care with the professional community. The Practice Committee researches, evaluates and disseminates ongoing developments in PH care among our membership.

Chair: Laura Daugherty, RN, BSN - 
Community Heart and Vascular Hospital
Indianapolis, Ind.


Symposium Committee

Since 2003, PHPN has organized a biennial Symposium providing targeted PH educational sessions for our diverse membership. Over 450 were in attendance at the 2015 Symposium, representing a wider spectrum of allied health professions than ever before. The Symposium Committee develops programming for the event and ensures that each Symposium attendee engages in an educational and fulfilling experience.

Chair: Michelle Cash, MSN, RN, APRN -
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Michelle Cash, MSN, RN, APRN

Vice-Chair: Martha Kingman, DNP, FNP-C -
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Dallas, Texas

PHPN Executive Officers

Chair: Amy Kimber, RN, APNP
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wis.

Amy Kimber, RN, APNP

Chair-Elect: Fran Rogers, MSN, CRNP
Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, Pa.


Fran Rogers

Immediate Past Chair: Melisa Wilson, ARNP, ACNP-BC
Florida Hospital Medical Group
Orlando, Fla.



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