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February 14, 2017

Aroostook leader among nation's top rural hospital CEOs

Courtesy / Cary Medical Center
Courtesy / Cary Medical Center
Kris Doody, CEO at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, has been named by the Becker's Hospital Review as one of 60 top rural health care CEOs in the nation.
Courtesy / Cary Medical Center
An aerial view of the Cary Medical Center in Caribou.

Kris Doody, CEO at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, has been named by the Becker's Hospital Review as one of "60 rural hospital CEOs to know."

Becker's Hospital Review is a leading source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders and is published 12 times each year and reaches nearly 20,000 health care leaders.

For inclusion on the list, the 60 CEOs must serve in "rural" areas, located outside major metropolitan areas. Becker's Hospital Review analysed compilations by ranking and award agencies such as The Leapfrog Group's listing of top rural hospitals and the National Rural Health Associations list of top rural community hospitals.

In 2015 Cary Medical Center was named one of the top 24 rural hospitals in the nation by Leapfrog and the group has given the hospital an 'A' in patient safety since the inception of the letter grading system in 2012. Cary is one of only 72 hospitals nationwide to earn this distinction.

Doody, who is a registered nurse, joined Cary Medical Center as a certified nurse's aide at age 15. In 1995 she was named chief operating officer before taking on the CEO role in 1999.

Quorum Health Resources named Doody CEO of the year in 2016 citing her outstanding work advocating for patients and rural health care organizations.

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