About Jenny Thompson
Shortly after college, Jenny worked as a communications officer for a company that compiled and sold health care data.
Hospitals used this data to measure how they performed compared to their peer hospitals.
But it wasn't long before she
uncovered a shocking fact: The hospitals weren't comparing how many people they cured or how many lives they saved.
No, they used the data to make sure they got patients out of the hospital quickly enough -- without killing them.
That's when she
realized the entire medical system was flawed.
It judged success only on numbers -- on dollars and cents -- not on diseases cured or lives made better.
knew there had to be another way.
had to do something, but aware that one wide-eyed girl would never take on the medical establishment and win, Jenny
sights on getting help to the people that needed it most.
And that led her
to the Health Sciences Institute
, where she's
served as the Director for the past 11 years.
team empower people to take control of their own health, rather than leave it to people who confuse medicine and accounting.
Every day, they uncover cures -- real cures -- that have saved the lives of their members fighting cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more.
In addition, through the HSI e-Alert, Jenny
shares urgent health updates, warnings and scandals with more than 500,000 people every day, because we are never more powerful than when we are informed.
After growing up in New Jersey, Jenny
trekked down the turnpike to get her
journalism degree from the University of Maryland College Park, and has called Maryland "home" ever since.
lives in Baltimore, just a few miles from HSI headquarters and her
other home-away-from-home, Ravens Stadium.