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Cottage Hospital CEO Maria Ryan Named 2017 Outstanding Woman in Business

Maria Ryan, PhD, MSN, CEO of Cottage Hospital, has been named a 2017 Outstanding Woman in Business by NH Business Review.

In the NH Business Review article about Ryan, writer Liisa Rajala traces Dr. Ryan’s career path, which started when as then 16-year-old, Ryan worked as a certified nursing assistant, to serving as chief nursing officer at a large hospital, to becoming Cottage Hospital’s CEO in 2010. She closed the hospital’s birthing center in 2014, and in fall 2016 opened the Ray of Hope Geriatric Behavioral Health unit in response to the growth in the aging population—the only age group on the increase—in New Hampshire.

Dr. Ryan said of the change, “We hit the nail on the head with this strategic plan. It’s overwhelming how many people need help. We’ve taken patients who were living in assisted living facilities or with family requiring around-the-clock care, and we’ve discharged them to an independent lifestyle. We’re really making a difference, that these people in their golden years can have dignity and live self-sufficiently in certain cases.”

In the video that accompanies the online version of the article, Steve Ahnen, President/CEO of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, praises Ryan for her ability to bring people together to improve the health of community. Ovid Lamontagne, shareholder in Bernstein Shur, cites Ryan’s passion and compassion, and her skill in bringing out the best in the people she works with and for.

Ryan Also Named One of 60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know 2017
For the fourth year in a row, Dr. Ryan has been recognized as one of 60 Hospital CEOs to Know 2017 by Becker’s Hospital Review, stating in the announcement that “Cottage Hospital has been recognized nationally for high quality, low cost and high efficiency. It was one of the first hospitals in the nation to attest to meaningful use stage 2. Dr. Ryan earned a doctor of philosophy degree in healthcare administration and is a board-certified nurse practitioner. She has experience in for-profit, non-profit and tertiary settings. Dr. Ryan’s talents include developing business strategy and high functioning work teams.”

Maryanne M. Aldrich, Director of Community Relations & Fund Development, said, “We are honored to have Dr. Ryan receive the recognition she is due for her leadership on a national, regional and local level. Having her at the helm has been a game-changer for Cottage Hospital and healthcare in our region.”