Longtime administrator announces retirement plans

Mary Quinn CrowMary Quinn Crow, Chief Operating Officer for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, will retire May 1, 2012, after 32 years of service to the hospital.

She announced her plans at the October meeting of the Northfield Hospital & Clinics’ board of directors.

“I have been blessed to help lead one of the most impressive, competent, committed and hard working group of leaders that any organization could hope for,” Quinn Crow said. “Looking back, I am grateful to have had this amazing experience. It leaves me both humbled and a little breathless.”  

Mark Henke, President and CEO, said while Quinn Crow’s retirement was anticipated, it is difficult to imagine life at the hospital without her guiding hand.

“Mary has been a pillar of this organization, and she has been a role model of our values and our philosophy of patient-centered care,” he said. “Her nursing and leadership skills and her team approach have benefitted our patients, organization, and community for more than three decades. “

Quinn Crow began her career at Northfield Hospital in 1980 when she worked nights in the obstetrics department, providing care to mothers and newborns. She worked as a staff nurse for several years and then served as director of the department for 10 years as it evolved into First Touch Birth Center.

She moved into hospital administration in 1994, serving along side former CEO Ken Bank and former CFO Roger Stapek for 16 years. During their joint tenure, plans for a new hospital and clinic network became a reality.

“Our goal was to create an environment where patients could be healed through its state-of-the-art technology, its calming atmosphere and its connection to nature,” she said. “Healing as happened here in so many ways.”

Quinn Crow praised the hospital’s leadership team and staff for their competence and commitment, community physicians for their commitment to quality and for their collaborative spirit, and board members for their dedication and perseverance.

“I am so proud to have been part of this team,” she said.

Quinn Crow’s retirement will coincide with the completion of the clinic expansion project for Infusion Services/Chemotherapy and the Sleep Center. She has been leading that project.