Meet the Team Leaders
Susan Eckert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP
Chief Nursing Executive
Susan Eckert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, is senior vice president of Nursing and chief nursing executive for MedStar Washington Hospital Center. A member of the Hospital Center nursing family for more than 30 years, Eckert is a highly experienced nurse executive, with an extensive background in nursing leadership and clinical services.
Eckert began her career at the Hospital Center as an Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) staff nurse, moved into the role of head nurse a few years later and then served as a Surgical Critical Care clinical nurse specialist. She later became director of Critical Care and Emergency Services, and served in that role for 15 years. During that time, Eckert led initiatives that fostered the development of competency-based nursing education programs, models for patient care delivery and professional development programs for staff and leaders. Eckert served as director of the Institute for Innovations in Nursing Readiness, ER One Institute, providing consultation to a private industry, government agencies and healthcare organizations to enhance preparedness for emergency/disaster events in hospital settings and in the nursing profession.
A member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Eckert received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Georgetown University and a master of science in nursing from Catholic University of America. Her passion for patient-focused care and the professional development of nurses is well known, and provides our nursing team with experienced, dedicated leadership.
Bonnie Glica, MSN, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Vice President, Nursing Excellence
Bonnie Glica, MSN, BSN, RN, NE-BC is vice president of Nursing Excellence at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She is responsible for budgeting for the Department of Nursing and oversees quality, safety and education for the Hospital Center’s 2,400 nurses and affiliated nursing staff. Additional responsibilities include resource management, scheduling, regulatory compliance and nursing practice.
Glica came to the Hospital Center in 2017 from Buffalo, New York, where she worked as director of Quality and Safety for Sisters of Charity Hospital and, before that, director of Quality Management at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. In these roles, she oversaw regulatory compliance and surveys, and the development of quality improvement initiatives to enhance patient care. Glica also spent eight years as the senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Erie County Medical Center, a 480-bed regional acute care facility with a Level I Trauma Center and Emergency, Acute Care, Surgical, Outpatient and Behavioral services. Glica was responsible for operating and capital budgets for both the Department of Nursing and Respiratory Care Services. She earned several grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, including selection in Cohort I for Transformation of Care at the Bedside, an initiative that focused on nurse engagement and clinical outcomes, and Equity Quality Improvement Collaborative (EQIC), which targeted improving the quality of care delivered to patients with acute myocardial infarction and heart failure while reducing racial and ethnic disparities. Glica led transformational efforts which secured top rankings for adult trauma survival rates in New York State, and created one of Western New York’s first Nursing Dedicated Education Units.
Glica earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Syracuse University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Columbia University. She has served as an adjunct professor at the State University at Buffalo and New York University. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Tonya Washington, MSN, RN
Vice President, Nursing Operations
Tonya Washington, MSN, RN, received her BSN from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and her MSN from George Mason University. She has been a nurse for 21 years, starting as a staff nurse at New York University Medical Center. She then moved to the Washington, D.C. area, and took a position as an assistant head nurse at George Washington University Hospital. She has been at MedStar Washington Hospital Center since 1997, first as a Clinical Manager on Unit 2D, Pulmonary Medicine, and then as head nurse.
Tonya's love of cardiology led her to seek the position of head nurse on 4NE in 2002. She was promoted to senior nursing director for Medical Surgical Nursing in 2008, and became assistant vice president of Nursing in March, 2010. She served as interim chief nursing officer from July 2010 to April 2011, when she was named vice president for Nursing Operation. Her primary areas of practice are cardio-thoracic surgery and medical cardiology. She is a member of the District of Columbia Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
Michael Clarke, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC
Senior Nursing Director, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
Michael Clarke, MBA, BSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, is the Senior Nursing Director of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, responsible for nursing operations and clinical practice oversight for all inpatient cardiac nursing units. This includes Coronary Care, Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiac Surgery Stepdown, Medical Cardiology, Vascular Surgery Stepdown and Cardiac Observation units. He also has nursing practice oversight of the Electrophysiology and Cardiac Catheterization labs.
Clarke came to nursing as a second career after 10 years of project management experience in the financial services industry. His clinical expertise includes cardiac surgery, heart failure, medical cardiology and interventional cardiology. He began his nursing career at MedStar Washington Hospital Center on the Cardiac Surgery Step-down Unit. In 2013, Clarke became an Assistant Nursing Director and was later promoted to Nursing Director of the Medical Cardiology and Cardiac Observation units.
As Director of Nursing Professional Development for MedStar Washington Hospital Center since 2015, Clarke played a vital role in leading the organization’s Nurse Residency Program to a successful accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). He also oversaw the modernization and expansion of the Center for Excellence in Nursing to include high fidelity simulation, a state of the art Operating Room Simulation space, and the renovation of the Center for Excellence in Nursing Auditorium.
Clarke holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Indiana University South Bend. He is certified as a Nurse Executive and in Nursing Professional Development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He was recognized as an Aresty Scholar for his commitment to professional development by the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.
Sara Groff, MSN, CMSRN, RN-BC
Senior Nursing Director, Surgical and Oncology Services
Sara Groff, MSN, CMSRN, RN-BC, is the Senior Nursing Director for Oncology and Surgical Services. Her responsibilities include oversight over nursing operations and clinical practice of all inpatient surgical and oncology specialty nursing units, IV therapy, and partnering with our dialysis services team.
Groff has been with MedStar Washington Hospital Center for more than nine years, serving as a frontline clinical nurse, unit-based leader in Medical-Surgical nursing, and, most recently, as the Nursing Professional Practice Program Specialist in Nursing Professional Development. In that role, Groff identified opportunities for ongoing leader and staff development and for enhancing the nurse practice environment. Groff led the Hospital Center to becoming the first acute care hospital in Washington, D.C. to achieve the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center’s Pathway to Excellence® designation in 2017. In addition, she served as the collaborative governance facilitator for the Professional Development Council and is a member of the healthcare equality task force.
Groff earned her MSN in Innovative Nursing Practice in 2018 from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurse’s Association, the Mennonite Health Fellowship, and the Association for Nursing Professional Development. Sara received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a focus in conflict studies from Goshen College in 2009.
Cody D. Legler, DNP, APRN, NP-BC, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CNL
Senior Nursing Director, Perioperative Services
Cody D. Legler, DNP, APRN, NP-BC, RN-BC, NEA-BC, CNL, is senior nursing director, Perioperative Services, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is responsible for the Hospital Center’s perioperative nursing services, including 33 operating rooms and treatment rooms, pre-operative processing and post-anesthesia recovery. Additionally, Legler has senior nursing oversight responsibility for the interventional radiology suite and the gastroenterology suite.
Legler worked for five years at the Hospital Center from 2010-2015, in roles that included Nursing Administrative Director for Perioperative Services and Nursing Director for Sterile Processing, OR Supply Chain and OR Ancillary Services. He earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice from The George Washington University in 2014, and was appointed System Chief Clinical Officer at LivHOME, a nationwide home care and care management organization. Legler later returned to MedStar Health for two years as the Senior Director of Nursing, Operating Room Services, Women and Infants Services, Cardiac Cath Lab & Procedural Areas and Capacity Management, at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. Legler returned to the Hospital Center in July, 2018. He served as Interim Vice President, Perioperative Services, from September, 2018 through January, 2019.
In addition to his clinical and administrative roles, Legler has previously held an adjunct medical-surgical clinical faculty position at the Malek School of Health Professions at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He also worked in previous clinical nursing roles in case management, home health and intensive care. Legler volunteers as an adult-geriatric nurse practitioner in a community health clinic.
Legler is a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Jane McGee, MSN, RN, CMSRN, RN-BC
Senior Nursing Director, Medical Surgical Nursing
Jane McGee, MSN, RN, CMSRN, RN-BC, is senior nursing director, Medical Surgical Nursing, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She is responsible for overseeing the operational and clinical performance of the Medical Surgical Division, which includes seven medical units and four surgical units. She also has oversight for dialysis services and behavioral health.
McGee’s 40 years of nursing experience includes front-line care and leadership roles in surgical critical care, emergency medicine and cardiac care. For the past 20 years, she has worked in the medical surgical areas as a front-line nursing director and a nurse practitioner. In her eight years as a nurse practitioner, she practiced on the medical units at the Hospital Center and also in primary care at an inner city clinic, which provided care to the underserved population of Washington, D.C.
McGee holds a BSN from the University of Maryland, an MSN from The Catholic University of America and Nurse Practitioner Certification from The George Washington University. She has certifications in Medical Surgical Nursing and Gerontological Nursing. In 2010, she worked with a team at the Hospital Center to establish the D.C. Chapter of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN), and served as the first president of the chapter.
Janice North Saale, MSN, RN
Senior Nursing Director, Critical Care and Neurosciences
Janice North Saale, MSN, RN, is senior nursing director, Critical Care and Neurosciences, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She is responsible for resource and capacity management in the Department of Nursing, and oversees nursing supervisor and nurse responder teams.
Nursing is a second career for Saale, who first earned a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University. She spent several years in hospital and corporate communications and public affairs roles before earning a BSN from the University of Maryland in 2002.
Saale came to the Hospital Center in 2003. Her nursing expertise includes critical care nursing and leadership. She has served as a critical care educator and manager, inaugurating the clinical care facilitator role for the ICUs at the Hospital Center. She was appointed nursing director of the neurological ICU and Stroke Center in 2010, and moved into the Senior Director role in 2015.
Saale earned an MSN from Loyola University in New Orleans in 2014, with a focus on healthcare systems management.
Karen Wyche Latham, MSN, BSN, RN
Senior Nursing Director, Resource and Capacity Management
Karen Wyche Latham, MSN, BSN, RN, is the Senior Nursing Director for Resource Management at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She is responsible for patient care services, all Nursing Office operations, supplemental staffing and oversees the RN, unit clerk and patient care technician float pools. She also oversees capacity management.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Wyche Latham spent a portion of her career at the renowned Cleveland Clinic before relocating to the Washington, D.C. area and beginning her career at the Hospital Center as a medical surgical nurse on Unit 2D in 1995. Her experience includes perioperative services, and she opened the first Short Stay Unit in 1998. In 2007, Wyche Latham transitioned to the Nursing Supervisor role, where she spent several years learning operations and was instrumental in the initial design of the Biocontainment Unit, developed in 2015 in response to worldwide concern about caring for patients with Ebola. In 2014, Wyche Latham assumed the role of Nursing Director of Capacity Management, and assumed responsibility for Nursing Office operations, supplemental staffing and patient care services. In 2016 she was awarded a Nurse Manager Fellowship by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the Leader of the Quarter Award from the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Board of Directors.
Wyche Latham received her BSN from the University of Toledo and her MSN from George Mason University. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.
Ariam Yitbarek, MS, BSN
Senior Nursing Director, Women’s & Infants’ Services, Ambulatory Services and Emergency Services
Ariam Yitbarek, MS, BSN, received her BSN from the University of Maryland and her MS in Health Systems Management from George Mason University. Her primary area of expertise is in interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, heart failure, heart transplant and medical-surgical nursing. Ariam has 15 years of experience as a nurse. She started her career as a staff nurse at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore. She came to MedStar Washington Hospital Center in 1998 to work on the Cardiac Surgery Step-down Unit. She was promoted to Clinical Manager in 1999, and became a nursing director of 4E in 2004. She became senior nursing director of Medical-Surgical Services and Medical-Surgical Specialties in 2009. In 2013, Ariam assumed responsibilities in a new area, Women’s & Infants’ Services and Ambulatory Nursing. She has since assumed additional responsibilities, adding Emergency Department to her scope of service in 2017. Ariam is a member of the Association of Nurse Executives, American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing and Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.