Nearly three years ago, an innovative minimally invasive heart procedure at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center got Kris Quinn – an active grandmother, kitchen designer and professor – healthy enough to attend a big family event. Quinn, now 74, has since retired but stays busy by giving back to her community and her grandchildren.

In 2013, Quinn had a transradial catheterization procedure, which allowed her physician to open up a blocked heart artery and place a lifesaving stent with a tiny tube inserted through her wrist. This minimally invasive technique led to a faster, painless recovery so Quinn could attend her grand nephew’s wedding just days later.

Kris Quinn with her grandchildren, grand-niece and nephew on a trip to Denver last summer.

Kris Quinn with her grandchildren, grand-niece and nephew on a trip to Denver last summer.

Passion for Serving Others

Today, Quinn’s healthy heart is serving her and others well. She is an avid volunteer in her community and helps her family. She volunteers at her granddaughter’s school, serves on two local volunteer advisory boards and teaches part time at Montgomery College.

Quinn was recently recognized for her heart of gold with the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Catholic Business Network and St. Martin of Tours School, the school her granddaughter attends. Over the last 40 years, Quinn has given countless hours to the school, which her children also once attended.

An active member of her local chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association before retiring, Quinn was also honored in the association’s Hall of Fame for her volunteer work there.

Staying Active & Heart Healthy

When she’s not volunteering her time in the community, Quinn stays busy by spending time with her family, walking, taking day trips with friends, sewing, knitting and has even taken up genealogy!

“My heart health has been great since my procedure at Washington Adventist Hospital. My cholesterol is great, and I eat better and exercise more,” said Quinn, who is grateful that she’s able to keep up her active lifestyle even after her heart procedure.

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