PHA Outstanding Member Awards
At every Conference, PHA recognizes the unique contributions of select individuals in the pulmonary hypertension community through the PHA Outstanding Member Awards.
The nomination period for the PHA Outstanding Member Awards is now closed. Winners will be announced in April.
Outstanding Allied Health Professional
Awarded to an allied health professional (nurse, physician assistant, technician, therapist, etc.) for contributions to the PH community through any combination of the following: raising awareness, participation in advocacy efforts, fundraising, service to PHA, and providing kind and compassionate care to PH patients.
Past winners: 2012 - Mary Bartlett, NP; 2010 - Deborah McCollister, RN, BSN; 2008 - Christine Archer Chicko, MSN, CRNP; 2006 - Daniela Brady, RN; 2004 - Eileen Shalit, RN, BSN; 2002 - Traci Housten, RB, MS; 2000 - Beth Vogel, RN; 1998 - Cathy Anderson-Severson, RN, BSN.
The Outstanding Caregiver award is given to a non-patient caregiver who not only focuses their efforts on the needs of a loved one with PH and does their best to ensure the patient has the best quality of life possible, but also exemplifies dedication to the PH community through any combination of the following: raising awareness, participation in advocacy efforts, fundraising, service to PHA and helping to provide the public with a voice and face of the PH community.
Past winners: 2012 - Jennifer Davis; 2010 - Jason Janjanin; 2008 - Joe Haan; 2006 - Christina Puckett; 2004 - Linda Rocco; 2002 - Jerry Paton; 2000 - Betty Lou Wojciechowski; 1998 - Harry Olson.
Outstanding PH Citizen
Awarded to a PH patient who exemplifies dedication to the PH community through any combination of the following: raising awareness; participation in advocacy efforts; fundraising; service to PHA and helping to provide the public with a voice and face of the PH community.
Past Winners: 2012 - Jeannette Morrill; 2010 - Merle Reeseman, 2008 - Joanne Sperando-Schmidt; 2006 - Gail Boyer Hayes; 2004 - Candi Bleifer; 2002 - Shirley Craig and the Stibbs family; 2000 - Bonnie Dukart and the Smith family; 1998 - Jan Travioli and the Simpson family; 1996 - Dorothy Olson and Pat Paton; 1994 - Teresa Knazik.
Outstanding Support Group Leader
Awarded to a support group leader who provides a welcoming environment for patients, families and friends of PH patients; champions and serves PHA by leading local efforts to raise awareness; leads and participates in advocacy efforts and acts as a PH ambassador to the general public.
Past Winners: 2012 - Nicole Cooper; 2010 - Barbara Nickels; 2008 - Penny Engel; 2006 - Cheryl Massaro; 2004 - Jean Szwarc; 2002 - Joanne Sperando-Schmidt; 2000 - Maribeth McCarthy.
Outstanding Young PH Citizen
Awarded to a PH patient, less than 30 years of age, who exemplifies dedication to the PH community through any combination of the following: raising awareness; participation in advocacy efforts; fundraising; service to PHA and helping to provide the public with a voice and face of the PH community.
Past winners: 2012 - Sean Wyman; 2010 - Lauren Johnson.
Julie Hendry Memorial Scholarship Award
Julie Paton Hendry, daughter of PHA founding members Pat and Jerry Paton, was the first full-time, non-patient PHA volunteer. Every two years, she looked forward to the PHA Conference as an opportunity to meet the PH patients and families she talked with by telephone and email. Sadly, Julie passed away in 1998. Her family established the Julie Hendry Memorial Scholarship Award in her memory to help a non-patient volunteer attend Conference. This award is given to a PHA member who actively supports PHA (e.g, working with support groups, raising awareness or fundraising). The award, up to $1,000, is to be used for Conference registration and transportation. This award is self-nominated and applicants can be extended family, friends and supporters who help to further PHA's mission. Professionals employed in the care of PH patients are not eligible to apply.
Previous Winners: 2012 - Jaclyn Burdick; 2010 - Matacha Saul; 2008 - Kathie Starkweather, Steve Van Wormer and Tracy Zanitsch; 2006 - Heather Koczur and Christie Hetrick; 2004 - Theresa Kuhn; 2002 - Dena Giddens; 2000 - Carol Wilson.
The Physician of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding physician who has been most notable in his or her service to PHA and in promoting excellent clinical care, research, education and advocacy on behalf of PH patients.
Past Winners: 2012 - Raymond L. Benza, MD, FACC, FAHA; 2011 - Ronald Oudiz, MD; 2010 - Vallerie McLaughlin, MD; 2009 - Nicholas Hill, MD; 2008 - Robyn Barst, MD; 2007 - John Newman, MD and James Loyd, MD; 2006 - Greg Elliot, MD; 2004 - Michael McGoon, MD; 2002 - David Badesch, MD; 2000 - Bruce Brundage, MD; 1998 - Stuart Rich, MD; 1996 - Lewis Rubin, MD; 1994 - Walker Long, MD.