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Q&A: Mary Boyd

March 6, 2018
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Mary Boyd
Mary Boyd. Courtesy Mercy Health

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Mary Boyd is the chief integration officer for Mercy Health and the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

Boyd is an accomplished professional in the areas of accounting, finance and health system leadership. 

She is recognized for successful strategy development and deployment, as well as innovative approaches to meeting the demands of a dynamic health care environment.

Biggest career break?

Transitioning from support roles in health care to operational and clinical service line leadership

Proudest moment?

In life: our children continue to make us proud parents. In career: opening new or expanding access to health care services for our community. Some examples are cancer centers, surgery centers, cardiovascular services and a PACE Center (program for all-inclusive care for the elderly).

Best advice you’ve ever received?

From my father — as I was graduating from college, "This degree will help you get a job, but how hard you work and how well you get along with people will determine your success."

How did you make your first dollar?

I worked after school on the front-line counter at Burger Chef.

Most-treasured possession?

Memories of time with my family

Dream job?

I'm in it! My new role as chief integration officer for Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is very exciting and challenging.

If you were president for a day, you would … ?

Truly solve the health care dilemma by providing access for all to high-quality care at an acceptable price.

Last book you read?

I was reading two at once: "Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads," by Chris Lowney; and "The Coaching Habit," by Michael Bungay Stanier. They really complemented one another!

Last search term you googled?


Your worst habit?

Finishing other people’s sentences

To unwind, you like to … ?

Exercise or be near the lake. We live just a few-minutes walk from Lake Michigan and have a cottage Up North.

Dream vacation?

Hawaiian Islands

Favorite food?

Chips and cheese at The Station in Roosevelt Park

Person you most admire?

My mother. She supported me in whatever life choices I made and was a wonderful role model as a parent, spouse, community leader and professional.

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