Starting out at age 16 as a certified nursing assistant, Dr. Maria Ryan’s upward-bound career led her across the country, working in hospitals in New Mexico, Tennessee and Virginia, before she joined Cottage Hospital in Woodsville as chief operating officer and chief nursing officer.
In 2010, she became CEO and focused on providing low-cost, high-quality care – what some would think has become an oxymoron in the field. But she put energy into initiative, and under her management, Cottage Hospital – which covers 26 economically depressed communities in New Hampshire and Vermont – has caught national attention.
Ryan is a regular speaker at health care conferences. In 2015, she was asked by the American Heart Association to visit Washington, D.C. on Advocacy Day, speaking with New Hampshire’s congressional delegation regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.