To commemorate our 25th anniversary in 2016, PHA honors these Periwinkle Pioneers: 25 individuals and groups responsible for advancing care for PH patients and helping to change the history of this disease.
Read more about PHA’s history below, including stories from our founders.
The PHA Story: A Short History of PHA Download PDF
Written by founders Dorothy Olson, Pat Paton, Judy Simpson and Bonnie Dukart
A Detailed History of PHA, 1987-1999 Download PDF
Written by Gail Boyer Hayes, author of Pulmonary Hypertension: A Patient’s Survival Guide
PHA History: An Overview (-2011) Download PDF
A narrative from the early days through the organization’s founding and expansion.
Honoring Rino Aldrighetti, PHA’s first President & CEO
Rino Aldrighetti joined the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) as the first paid staff member in 1999. Since that time, PHA has grown to include more than 50 staff members with four chapters around the country.
Leading from the Heart: An Interview with PHA’s First President and CEO
Prior to Rino’s retirement in 2016, he reflected on his time with the organization and all the change and progress he has experienced. Read about Rino’s contributions to PHA or listen to the audio interview below, conducted at PHA’s headquarters on Nov. 12, 2015, by Pathlight editor Megan Mallory Martin.