Cottage Hospital in the Press

Recent coverage in the press

Below are stories that recently appeared in the press about Cottage Hospital.
Also see: Cottage Hospital in video and audio. 

June 2019

Small NH hospital remains relevant as others struggle to survive

WOODSVILLE, N.H. (WCAX) Rural hospitals around the country have been struggling to make ends meet, including the Springfield Hospital, which is expected to file for bankruptcy. But the Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, New Hampshire appears to be bucking that trend.

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December 2018

NH’s TOP Women-Led Businesses & Nonprofits

For the past seven years, Business NH Magazine has shined a light on women leaders in NH to demonstrate the economic influence of this sector of the economy. The inaugural list had 50 companies with at least $1 million in revenue. This year, the list includes 91 businesses.

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November 2018

Happy National Rural Health Day!   (11/15/18)

Congratulations to the New Hampshire Rural Health Coalition for being named a 2018 National Community Star! Coalition Chair, Maria Ryan, was commended for bringing in policymakers to have meaningful discussions with the rural hospital CEO’s. State rural health personnel also noted that Ryan encouraged them to speak up and partner with the CEO’s to provide the best care to all peoples.

Greg Vasse, the Program Director for the Foundation for Healthy Communities commented, “Maria’s leadership was highlighted by advancing the stature of the Rural Health Coalition as a forum for engaging the leadership of rural healthcare in New Hampshire.  She recruited Governor Sununu, State Senator Bob Guida and DHHS Commissioner Jeff Meyers each to attend a meeting of the RHC.  Her term will serve as a benchmark for others in terms of the engagement of healthcare and political leaders. And, she was an absolute joy to work with!!!”

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September 2018

Summit AthenaCottage Hospital Pairs Summit Healthcare’s Interoperability Solutions with athenahealth Platform to Improve Efficiencies and Communication
Community Hospital Adopts Innovative New Products to Enhance Care Coordination

Braintree, Mass., September 20, 2018 – Summit Healthcare, a leader in healthcare integration and automation solutions, has announced an enhanced partnership with Cottage Hospital. Cottage Hospital has been a long-time interface engine customer of Summit’s and has recently decided to expand their interoperability strategy by utilizing Summit Healthcare’s more advanced solutions.

Located in Woodsville, NH, Cottage Hospital has been serving the residents of Upper Connecticut Valley for 110 years. It is a 35-bed critical access hospital that has been well recognized over the years for providing exemplary care. Its staff of just over 250 employees provides low-cost, high-quality health care by staying up-to-date with the latest industry initiatives and technology solutions. It is currently utilizing anthenahealth as its EMR.

“Big-Ticket” Cottage Hospital Auxiliary Raffle

March 2018

Rudy_GiulianiRudy Giuliani Visits Cottage Hospital to Learn about Cybersecurity Practices
The visit was covered by WMUR, the Union Leader and the Caledonian Record.
Photo: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, left, speaks Thursday morning with Holly McCormack, chief nursing officer at Cottage Hospital. Photo by John Koziol/Union Leader Correspondent.



October 2017
Cottage Hospital’s Ray of Hope Celebrates Successful First Year
Since its much-lauded inception in October 2016, Cottage Hospital’s Ray of Hope Unit has successfully helped a multitude of older patients navigate through their mental health challenges and get back to a healthier lifestyle. To gear up for another groundbreaking year, Cottage will host its second annual fundraising benefit for the Ray of Hope Unit on October 20, 2017.


September 2017
On Their Game: CEO Maria Ryan works to keep Woodville hospital a step ahead

This extensive article was published in Enterprise, the business magazine of the Upper Valley.






January 18, 2017
Becker’s Speaker Series: 4 Questions with Cottage Hospital CEO Dr. Maria Ryan
Note: This article was originally published in Becker’s Hospital Review. On Monday, April 17, 2017, Dr. Ryan will speak on panels at the Becker’s Hospital Review 8th Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Maria Ryan, PhD, currently serves as CEO of Woodsville, N.H.-based Cottage Hospital, a rural hospital that serves 22 towns between New Hampshire and Vermont.

Dr. Ryan is board certified as a family nurse practitioner with a specialty in emergency medicine and has a vast portfolio in hospital leadership, including tertiary, community, for-profit, nonprofit and rural settings. Under Dr. Ryan’s leadership, Cottage Hospital has received numerous accolades for quality, efficiency, innovation and low cost. Most recently, Dr. Ryan was selected as a recipient of the New Hampshire Business Review’s Outstanding Women in Business Award 2017. She holds a doctorate in healthcare administration and a master’s degree in nursing.

September 29, 2016
North Country Relaunches Geriatric Unit
A new 10-bed inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit at Cottage Hospital in Woodsville will open in October that will also provide training to nursing students at White Mountains Community College (WMCC).
Business NH

September 19, 2016
Longtime Partnership Reboots To Respond To Community Needs In New Geriatric Psychiatric Unit
The Berlin Daily Sun

August 1, 2016
Cottage Hospital to open new Geriatric Behavioral Health Center
Center to focus on mental health of elderly patients

July 13, 2016
Cottage Hospital Raising Funds for Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit  (PDF format)
By Darin Wipperman, Salmon Press

December 17, 2014
Cottage Hospital Keeps Evolving (PDF format)
By Darin Wipperman, Salmon Press

September 14. 2014
CEO leads Woodsville’s Cottage Hospital to excellence
By John Koziol, Union Leader Correspondent

Apr 3, 2014
NH hospital leads the nation in going electronic
By Adam Sullivan, WCAX

April 1. 2014
Woodsville’s Cottage Hospital in forefront of electronic health record systems
By John Koziol, Union Leader Correspondent