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Polo Ponies Helping Hearts at Annual Shannon Hill Cup for Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Cardiac Education and Research

10/19/2015

(NEWARK, NJ, September 29, 2015) - On a beautiful September afternoon, the Shannon Hill Polo Club of Basking Ridge battled against Peace Dale Farms Polo Club in order to help battle heart disease at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC). The Shannon Hill Cup has been played for the last fifteen years to honor the supporters of the Cardiac Education and Research Fund established by NBIMC physician Najam Wasty MD FACC FSCAI, Director of the Cardiac Cath Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship training program. “We are pleased that Dr. Wasty can transform his love of the sport of polo into cutting edge technology research and education that can make a difference to our patient’s lives and educational opportunities for NBIMC staff,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health.

The event was held on September 20 where the final score was 8 to 5 in favor of the guest team but Dr. Wasty still felt the day was a success. Through donor support, this year close to $70,000 has been raised to date in addition to $90,000 in 2014. “The Cardiac Education and Research Fund awards scholarships to nurses, technicians and young physicians enabling them to attend the top Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences nationally and abroad,” states Dr. Wasty. “The Fund also supports research at NBIMC where nine scholarly publications from the Division of Cardiology were presented at national meetings within the last two years.”

Dr. Wasty, who has had his practice at NBIMC for over twenty five years, is an avid polo player and host of this event. He did not play this year due to a recent shoulder injury but participated vicariously through his son Dani, who is also an excellent polo player and horse trainer.

NBI Polo Ponies 2015
Photo courtesy of Dr. Nadeem Ahsan

Polo Ponies Helping Hearts

L to R: Najam Wasty MD FACC FSCAI, Director of the Cardiac Cath Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship training program, NBIMC, William Paterniti, Zain Khakwani, MD, Derrick Lee, MD, NBIMC, Dani Wasty, Mary Beth Brennan, The Honorable Jose L. Linares, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey, John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health
Photo courtesy of Peter Richter, NBIMC

L to R: Najam Wasty MD FACC FSCAI, Director of the Cardiac Cath Laboratory and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship training program, NBIMC, William Paterniti, Zain Khakwani, MD, Derrick Lee, MD, NBIMC, Dani Wasty, Mary Beth Brennan, The Honorable Jose L. Linares, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey, John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health

Photo courtesy of Peter Richter, NBIMC

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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes and has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey. NBIMC and CHoNJ is the recipient of a number of NJHA Awards and was one of five hospitals to receive the 2012 NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association. To learn more, visit us on line at www.BarnabasHealth.org/NewarkBeth

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