Cambridge Medical Center names Gary Shaw new president

Allina Health is pleased to announce that Gary Shaw has accepted the position of Cambridge Medical Center president. Shaw is currently a hospital leader in Anchorage, Alaska. He will assume his new position in Cambridge on May 6.

Gary Shaw
Gary Shaw

“Gary impressed those he met during the interview process with his deep understanding for the role of community healthcare and his experience working in a variety of organizations,” said Karl Elser, DO, and chair of the search committee. “We are confident he will be a strong addition to the leadership team at CMC, fitting well with our culture and our Allina values.”

Shaw has more than 25 years of healthcare leadership experience. He is now the administrator of the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, a 150-bed Level II trauma center. During his leadership of Alaska Native Medical Center, the medical center’s primary care arm, Southcentral Foundation, was awarded the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award.

“To be successful in the changing healthcare environment I believe physician and staff integration is key,” Shaw said. “Cambridge enjoys an attractive rural model that possesses all of the elements I was looking for: integrated providers, solid physician leadership, proactive staff, great community, and proximity to a metro area.”

Prior to his position in Alaska, Shaw was the vice president of operations at Bayhealth Medical Center, Delaware. He served as the CEO of Billings Clinic/North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell, Wyoming and later as the corporate director, regional operations for the same system of hospitals and clinics. Shaw began his healthcare career as a Navy corpsman and traveled all over the world during his military service. He spent many years as a naval officer and administrator of Navy hospitals in Florida and Tennessee.

“As a proven leader, Gary focuses on excellence in patient care,” said Sara Criger, Senior Vice President, Mercy Hospital and Search Committee member. “Those of us who interviewed him found several things set him apart — his commitment to delivering quality services to all patients, his strategic vision for the future, his ability to turn that vision into real actions and his capacity to build lasting relationships with patients, physicians, staff and the community.”

Gary and his wife, Trisha, have two grown children and a grandchild. They plan to reside in the Cambridge area.

“I believe best performing organizations obtain their results because they attract and retain great people. The staff I met while at Cambridge were overwhelmingly excited and engaged in driving their organization, and their community, into the future,” Shaw said. “Their positive attitudes were infectious and a huge catalyst for my desire to be part of their team.”