Heidi A. Bender, FNP-C, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and a key member of our Pulmonary/Critical Care team. A Minnesota native, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and completed her Master’s in Advanced Practice Nursing from South Dakota State University, Brookings. As an RN, Heidi practiced in Emergency Departments at MeritCare in Fargo, Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen, and at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, IA, where she also served as the department’s staff educator. She was an RN in Trinity’s ICU before completing her nurse practitioner training and joining Pulmonary/Critical Care specialist Jeffrey Verhey, MD, in his practice in 2007. Heidi is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Emergency Nurses Association, American College of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Pulmonary Medicine deals with many diseases and conditions. A Pulmonologist cares for patients with diseases such as COPD, asthma, interstitial lung disease, lung Cancer Care, and many other diseases of the lung and respiratory system.