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News & Notes Summer 2016

Penny Joins MHVI as Vice President

Wendy Penny has been named vice president of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is responsible for daily operations and oversight of the Institute. A registered nurse, Penny managed two Pediatric units and a Pediatric special care unit, and later became director of Telemetry, Medical/Surgical units, Pediatrics, and Oncology at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She later became assistant administrator for the 350-bed mainland campus responsible for nine units and departments. In 2009 Penny was named the assistant vice president for all Cardiovascular Services across the hospital system. In 2014 she joined the HCA/Osceola Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida, as vice president of Central Florida’s Heart & Vascular Institute. Penny graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and has a Master of Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University Haub School of Business, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She says, “I look forward to working closely with our outstanding team of physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals to continue to grow and expand our programs and take this progressive cardiovascular enterprise to the highest levels. Our cardiovascular team has an aligned vision and a commitment to create the highest quality of care and the best experience for all of our patients.”

D.C. Family Makes Generous Grant

A generous grant from Juliet and Lee Folger has been put to good use at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI). Beginning in 2012, the D.C. couple has made a sizable donation each year to benefit cardiovascular care in three areas: research, education and prevention. Under the terms of the grant, both MHVI faculty and Georgetown University students receive funds to advance cardiac care. In the research into disease prevention alone, 15 grants have resulted in numerous research presentations, abstracts and manuscripts including award-winning work. Other monies have gone toward establishing a lectureship in heart disease prevention. “This is an example of growing collaboration between MedStar and Georgetown University,” says Allen J. Taylor, MD, chief of Cardiology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “We are very grateful for their generosity, which has done so much good. This is the exact type of support that helps us be absolutely the best healthcare system we can be.”

VAD Program Receives High Praise from The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission surveyor for our Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program spent two days this spring with our VAD team. “I am pleased and proud to let you know that our program came through with flying colors, with no recommendations for improvement,” says Samer Najjar, MD, medical director, Advanced Heart Failure.

STS Gives Highest Rating for Both CABG and AVR

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons awarded three stars, its highest rating, for our calendar year 2015 cardiac surgery program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. It included data for coronary artery bypass grafting and aortic valve replacement surgeries. The award is given for clinical excellence and the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.

Meininger Named Medical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology for Baltimore Region

Glenn Meininger, MD, has been named medical director of Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP) services for the Baltimore region of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI). In this role, Dr. Meininger will collaborate with MHVI leadership in the strategic growth and development of cardiac arrhythmia services across the Baltimore region, including enhancing connectivity with EP services in Washington, to provide seamless and accessible care for patients and referring providers across the entire MedStar geographic footprint. Dr. Meininger is a medical graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he completed his training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Cardiac Electrophysiology. He has practiced in the MedStar system since 2005 and has served as the director of Cardiac EP and associate chief of Cardiology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. He is widely regarded as an expert in the use of multiple modalities including complex ablation in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, which is further enhanced by his strong commitment to clinical research.