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2023 C-SUITE Honoree Chris Ann Meaney

Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Bristol Health President Bristol Hospital Multispecialty Group Size of organization: 1,837 employees Education: Bachelor’s degree in nursing, University of Alaska; Master of Health Administration, University of Phoenix; Doctor of Nursing Practice, Quinnipiac University Click here to return to the honoree page  
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Winner Category | Chief Operating Officer

Chris Ann Meaney is part of the executive leadership team at Bristol Health. Born and raised in Alaska, Meaney’s 23 years working in a Magnet institution prepared her to be a transformational leader.

She believes in empowering front-line staff, and understands the value of implementing strategies to improve quality of care.

What have been your biggest professional accomplishments over the past year?

I am dedicated to building effective, loving, successful teams — with a shared vision — that value what each member brings to the table, think creatively and have fun.

I am proud of the team/family I helped develop and the outcomes we’ve achieved while keeping patients the center of our work. I’m proud to have helped lead Bristol Health to earning the Magnet designation, which demonstrates our commitment to quality, safety and caring for caregivers. Only 8% of hospitals worldwide have the Magnet designation.

We also earned the Excellence North Alliance Silver Award, which recognizes our achievements toward the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

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In what ways are you involved in the community?

Most recently, I became a volunteer EMT where I use my clinical skills to help others in need. From facilitating bingo at the local nursing home, to fostering dogs, to participating in fundraisers that support kids in need, I find that I am lifted up by giving back to my community.

On the job

Guiding business principle: I lead with love. People are afraid of using that word in the professional setting, but the reality is that we need to show genuine kindness in our daily work. No matter what pressures, stressors, or challenges I experience, I choose to always wear a smile.

Best way to keep your competitive edge: Being brave. Growing through education. Connecting with and nurturing professional relationships.

Best business decision: Continuing to say yes to opportunities. Staying connected to the people and the work happening on the front lines.

Biggest missed opportunity: I wish I had explored a wider array of nursing specialties when I was at the bedside. Nurses really are angels, and I am grateful to have learned from them and to have grown with them.

Goal yet to be achieved: Earn my executive coaching certification.

Personal touch in your office: A note my son wrote when he was 10, which says: ‘I hope you have a good week at work, Mom. According to the weather forecast you and your staff should be able to get into work safely, but getting back is going to be dangerous. Be careful. Love, Connor.’

Connor passed away at the age of 16. I carry his strong will, weather-noticing, hardworking, loving spirit with me always.

Personal side:

City of residence: East Haddam

Favorite way to relax: Walking in the woods and exploring somewhere new

Hobbies: Traveling and volunteering

Last vacation: Greece with family and friends

Favorite movie: “Dirty Dancing” (don’t judge)

Currently reading: “Hope Is The First Dose,” by W. Lee Warren

Favorite cause: Animal rescue

Second choice career: Executive coaching, or one of those people who help declutter your home

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