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Long-time QHR Hospital Client Cary Medical Center Recognized with Top Leadership Team Award

QHR hospital client Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine, was recently named a winner in the 6th Annual HealthLeaders Media "Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare" program. Cary Medical Center, under the leadership of QHR veteran and hospital CEO Kris Doody, RN, was recognized in the Small Hospitals category for 2009.

Brentwood, Tenn. (PRWEB) September 17, 2009 -- QHR hospital client Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine, was recently named a winner in the 6th Annual HealthLeaders Media "Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare" program.

Cary Medical Center, under the leadership of QHR veteran and hospital CEO Kris Doody, RN, was recognized in the Small Hospitals category for 2009.

"This is a tremendous honor for Cary Medical Center and its dedicated leadership team. Kris Doody, in particular, has done so many great things for Cary Medical Center and the hospital industry as a whole. Her dedication to advocacy - on the part of both hospitals and patients - is commendable," said QHR President and CEO James L. Horrar.

According to Doody, her senior management team's success is attributable to "remarkable longevity," including some 150 years of combined management experience and more than 100 years of service to Cary Medical Center specifically. Longevity, coupled with a true understanding of the word team, has led the hospital through the challenges and opportunities of rural hospital care, she said.

"The unique environment of rural healthcare demands the very best of senior leadership. Today, a hospital must be more than a hospital - it must be a business leader and strong community partner," Doody said. "At Cary Medical Center, many members of our team are native to Maine. We understand the needs of our community and the 'Community Benefit' role we play - medically, economically, socially and even civically. We also understand that every decision we make must be tied to our vision to create a healthier community.

"We are honored and humbled to receive this award. It is a testament to each member of our management team and to the strength and ongoing commitment of our entire workforce."

According to HealthLeaders Media, the "Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare" program is designed to celebrate the outstanding teamwork that occurs in healthcare organizations each day, to share what makes top leadership teams successful, and to encourage other healthcare leaders to learn more from the best practices of top leadership teams. Winners are judged on the team's overall leadership culture, its ability to overcome challenges, and its ability to demonstrate successes that result from outstanding leadership teamwork. Only one winner per category receives this national honor each year.

Full profiles of the "Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare" winners and their teamwork lessons will be featured in the December issue of HealthLeaders magazine. The 2009 honorees will also be featured speakers at the annual HealthLeaders 09: Hospital of the Future Now conference, to be held Oct. 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago.

About Cary Medical Center CEO Kris Doody
A long-standing champion for healthcare accessibility, affordability and quality, Kris Doody began her career in healthcare as a volunteer candy striper at Cary Medical Center while in her teens; this activity began her unique climb to Cary Medical Center's top administrative position. Doody next became a certified nurse's aide at the hospital, and then continued her education to become one of the hospital's registered nurses - with a degree from the University of Maine in 1983. She was later named manager of surgical services. In 1994, Doody was promoted to the position of chief operating officer at Cary Medical Center and then, in 1999, to the position of chief executive officer. During her time as COO, Doody also earned a master's degree in business from Husson College.

In addition to serving as CEO of Cary Medical Center, Doody is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Maine Hospital Association. She is also actively involved in the State of Maine Community College System, serving as a member of its Board of Directors and incoming Board chair; the Board of Directors for Husson University; and the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board. Doody is a recipient of the ACHE Early Career Regents Award and has been named an "Up and Comer" by Modern Healthcare, "Woman of the Year" by the Maine Business and Professional Women's Association, and "Alumnus of the Year" by the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Cary Medical Center is a 65-bed acute care hospital located in Caribou, Maine - America's most northeastern city. A national leader in clinical quality care and patient safety, the hospital's campus features a Veterans Administration outpatient clinic, and a state veterans' home and residential care facility. Cary Medical Center also manages a nine-bed residential unit for mentally retarded adults.

QHR (Quorum Health Resources) has provided consulting, management and education resources to hospitals and health systems for three decades. QHR is the national market leader in hospital management and among the 10 largest healthcare management consulting firms in the United States. The QHR Learning Institute trains nearly 8,000 healthcare professionals each year. For more information, go to

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