Edward W. Kelly Joins Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees


Ed Kelly (left) is welcomed by Scott McKinnon (right) to the Board of Trustees of Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH.

Photo Credit: Kathy Bennett

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Phil Davies, Chair of the Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, recently announced the addition of a new member to their ranks, Edward Kelly of Bartlett, NH. Kelly, a retired biotech executive, brings a wealth of corporate experience to the board, including work with several life sciences and medical device companies.

Davies welcomed Kelly to the board, stating, “We are always seeking board members with advanced and varied experience in health care and business.  This is especially true in these times of change with the Affordable Care Act and the financial pressures facing hospitals of all sizes.  Ed brings the skill set to the board that Memorial must have to survive in today’s health care environment.”

Since the late 1990s, Ed and his wife, Pat, had been weekend visitors to the Mt. Washington Valley, enjoying all of the outdoor activities the area offers. When the time came for Ed and Pat to retire, they decided to make this their permanent home. Having always been an active member of his community, he looked around for where he might become involved in his new hometown. A friend suggested the hospital board.

“With my background, something in health care seemed to be a perfect fit,” Kelly said recently about joining the board. “Even before we moved here permanently, I was very impressed with Memorial Hospital and the quality of care it offered.”

Kelly understands that hospitals in rural areas are extremely valuable resources to their communities. “With all of the pressures that hospitals face today, it’s difficult to walk the fine line between providing the necessary services and meeting the financial needs of the organization,” he said. “I can honestly say that Memorial is a well-run facility with an active, engaged board and strong management.”

Memorial Hospital President and CEO Scott McKinnon added, “Ed’s business experience with an emphasis on science and technology will prove to be a big asset to our organization. I’m looking forward to working with him and our entire board as we chart the course for the future of our community hospital.”

While still in the corporate world, Ed spent 20 years in various roles at Davol, Inc., a diversified medical products company where he eventually served as its president. He and several partners were instrumental in the turnaround and growth of Aspen Dental from a small practice management company to a nationwide business. He earned his law degree from the Western New England School of Law, and is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bar. He has been on a variety of boards and associations, including the Greater Providence (RI) Chamber of Commerce and Hospice Care of Rhode Island.

Ed and his wife Pat share many outdoor passions, including skiing, running, and sailing. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren, all of who are excited to be able to spend time in the Mt. Washington Valley. “This is a great place for them to come and visit,” Kelly said, adding that all but the very youngest of his grandchildren are avid skiers. Kelly grew up in Connecticut and lived in Rhode Island for many years.

The hospital board is also welcoming the return of trustee Thaire Bryant to active participation. Bryant, a retired executive from Eaton, was on a personal leave from the board in recent months. He spent most of his long career with Sysco Boston, eventually serving as its president and CEO. These days, he enjoys traveling, hiking, fly fishing and spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren.Bryant is also returning to the board of the Memorial Hospital Foundation.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care and hyperbaric medicine center, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes. Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.


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