New Members Join the Board of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Protection Status
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By the WoundSource Editors

Washington, D.C. – June 21, 2017 – The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) recently announced six new director to its board of directors. Scott Bolhack, Barbara Delmore, William Padula, Joyce Pittman, Ann Tescher and Tracy Yap were named to the board in 2017, joining the five additional standing directors. New directors serve a three-year term on the board.

NPUAP's board of directors leads the organization in its work as the nation's leading scientific expert on pressure injury prevention and treatment. "The NPUAP is honored to welcome our esteemed colleagues to join us as we strive to promote improved patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research," Mary Litchford, PhD, RDN, LDN, NPUAP President.

The newest members of the board bring diverse professional expertise to the organization, including experience working in hospitals, nursing facilities, universities, and medical schools, and serving on journal editorial boards.

About the new board members:


Dr. Scott Bolhack is a certified medical director in long-term care and a certified wound specialist who has been providing clinical care in Tucson since 1992. He is the Medical Director of the Wound Care Center in Northwest Hospital. Bolhack is President and CEO of TLC HealthCare and a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona. Bolhack has additional experience as a medical director for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospices, and home health agencies.


Dr. Barbara Delmore is a board certified wound care nurse and currently employed at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City as the Senior Nurse Scientist. She has also serviced on several advisory boards, is the Wound Editor for the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) journal, and a board member for the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA), where she was recently awarded Master Status.


Dr. William Padula is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. His research explores problems in health economics and health services research with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality improvement of health systems.


Dr. Joyce Pittman is the Wound/Ostomy Clinical Program Coordinator for the Indiana University Health Academic Health Center, a Level I Trauma Center of more than 1100 beds, providing expert clinical consultation regarding complex wound and ostomy management. She has over 36 years of clinical experience as a RN, 17 years' experience as a certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) nurse and 13 years as a Nurse Practitioner. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Nursing and Deputy Editor for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing.


Dr. Ann Tescher is a Certified Advanced Practice Nurse-Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Surgical/Trauma/CV Surgery ICU at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and has been in this position for 25 years. She is an Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Mayo Medical School. Tescher is a proud retired veteran of the US Navy Nurse Corps.


Dr. Tracey Yap is an Associate Professor at the Duke University School of Nursing and a Senior Fellow at the Duke University Center for Aging and Human Development. She is committed to improving the care outcomes of older adults in long-term care settings, particularly with respect to prevention and management of common yet seemingly intractable geriatric conditions such as facility-acquired pressure injuries.

About the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is the nation's leading scientific expert on pressure injury prevention and treatment. Their mission is to improve patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and treatment through public policy, education and research.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, Kestrel Health Information, Inc., its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.

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