Cary Medical Center
Kris Doody was born at Cary Memorial Hospital and the youngest of eight children. She began work at Cary as a Volunteer Candy Striper. At age 18 she became a Certified Nurse’s Aide. She earned her Associate of Science Degree in Nursing at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Regents College in New York, and her Masters of Science in Business at Husson University. She worked as a staff nurse in various departments at Cary and was later appointed Surgical Services Coordinator and served in that position for ten years. She was then named Chief Operating Officer in 1994 and then served two terms as Interim CEO in 1996 and 1998. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1999. During Kris’ tenure as CEO, Cary Medical Center has received numerous awards for clinical quality, patient safety and satisfaction. Organizations, such as QHR, Leapfrog, Avatar, Healthgrades, iVantage, Women’s Choice, Consumer Report and The Joint Commission have recognized Cary Medical Center.
Kris was named one of six ‘Women to Watch’ in Maine by MaineBiz Magazine. She has received numerous awards including the Maine's Business and Professional Woman of the Year, the Quorum of Excellence National Recognition Award and was named Distinguished Alumni of the Year for the University of Maine at Presque Isle and is a member of the UMPI, Husson University and Caribou High School Alumni Hall of Fame. She is the recipient of the ACHE Early Career Regents Award, is a Fellow of ACHE and was named an Up and Comer by Modern Healthcare Magazine. Kris was also named one of Maine’s top twenty health care leaders by the Maine Health Management Coalition. A portrait of Kris is also part of the Healthcare Wall of Distinction at Northern Maine Community College. Kris was inducted into the Deborah Morton Society in 2007 through the University of New England. The only other two Aroostook County recipients are U.S. Senator Susan Collins and her mother, Patricia Collins. Kris received the Aroostook Golden Eagle Award from Katahdin Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. During 2017, Kris was named Quorum CEO of the Year, received the AHA Board of Trustee Award, named Top 60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know and 100 Great Healthcare Leaders to Know by Becker’s Hospital Review. Because of her ongoing commitment to improving healthcare services for Veterans she was presented with the ‘Bronze Medallion’ from the Chapel of Four Chaplains, the highest recognition presented to a civilian by the Vietnam Veterans of America. They also awarded Kris an honorary lifetime civilian membership to Vietnam Veterans of America for her work.
In 2013, Kris was appointed to the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, one of only two people from Maine to ever sit on this National Board. She has been a strong advocate for Veterans Health Care and in 2014 & 2015 she presented testimony before Congress in Washington, D.C. in support of Project ARCH, a program allowing Veterans to access specialty care, including hospitalization, in a non-VA facility. Her leadership helped to extend Project ARCH for two additional years at Cary Medical Center and four other locations in the U.S.
Kris is a past Chairman of the Maine Community College Board of Trustees and the Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors. She is a member of the Husson University Board of Trustees, and served on Governor John Baldacci’s Community College Advisory Council. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors & served two terms as Chairman of the Aroostook Partnership for Progress, an economic development initiative in Aroostook County.
Kris is also a Lifetime Member of the Harley Owners Group and is a member of the Caribou Rotary Club.