Sidra hires inaugural Chief Nursing and Allied Health Officer

World-class nurse executive, Dr. Mary Boyd, to champion patient care and professional practice standards at state-of-the-art academic medical center in Qatar.

Dr. Mary Boyd, a leading nursing executive, has joined cutting-edge healthcare facility, Sidra Medical and Research Center, as Chief Nursing and Allied Health Officer (CNAHO). In this pivotal management role, Dr. Boyd will establish the vision for patient care and service delivery and provide leadership in the achievement of a variety of key Sidra initiatives. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., MD, FACP., her primary areas of responsibility will include the coordination and direction of Nursing and Allied Health Education and Professional Practice, Evidence-Based Care, Infection Control and the management of Clinical Resources, such as staffing and scheduling and IV services.

Commenting on the appointment of this inaugural role, Dr. Owen said, “Dr. Boyd is widely recognized as one of the foremost nurse executives of her generation in Ireland, and we are delighted she will be bringing her considerable experience to bear at Sidra. She has a proven track record in establishing quality of service for patients and bringing clinical governance to the highest standard using evidence-based international accreditation systems. We believe these established capabilities make her the right person to oversee the development and implementation of policies and procedures that will help distinguish Sidra as a world-class institution.”

Sidra’s pioneering all-digital facility, in which technology is used to automate administrative tasks, and the hospital’s innovative team model, which establishes interprofessional care at the bedside, will maximize the time healthcare professionals spend caring for patients. Sidra’s staffing structure will allow for 2.5 staff for each patient, including a 1:2 nurse to patient ratio. A member of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Sidra will lead the way in establishing best-practice patient care in Qatar.

Sidra is based on an American care model and is seeking to staff approximately 2,000 nursing positions in the hospital with top international professionals, including pediatric, obstetric/gynecology, NICU, and operating room nurses. Stringent requirements will ensure the quality of staff helping care for Sidra patients. Staff Nurse, Clinical Nurse Leader, and Charge Nurse positions will require a minimum of a Bachelors’ degree. All RNs will have recent experience working with Pediatric, Obstetric, or Gynecology patients, ideally within an Academic Medical Center.

Dr. Boyd has over 12 years of executive management hospital board experience, and has led a distinguished career in Irish healthcare. In her previous role, she served as the National Strategic Lead for Bed Management and Head of Hospital Liaison in the Irish Department of Health, where she successfully improved hospital access and quality of service for patients and was a major contributor to Irish healthcare reform. As Director of Nursing, Dr. Boyd also led a team that saw the Cork University Hospital Group (CUHG) grow to become the largest hospital in the state.

Speaking about her new role, Dr. Boyd said, “I am privileged to be joining the world-class team at Sidra at such a pivotal time for the organization, and I passionately believe in Sidra’s vision of creating a medical environment in which the needs of the patient come first. I look forward to working with Sidra’s leadership team to help realize that vision through the creation of policies of patient care that will ensure the patient remains at the heart of our work.”

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