Dr. Martin Merry, Founding Partner
brings to his
professional engagements a unique background of "Corporate America," clinical practice and consulting/learning facilitation experience.
He received his undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, based upon a unique "campus-factory shop floor" collaboration between Cornell and Corning, Inc.
He then earned his medical degree at McGill University in Montreal, subsequently completing residency training in internal medicine, with an additional year of psychiatry residency at Dartmouth and Albany Medical Centers.
then practiced general internal medicine for 8 years with a group practice founded by two Mayo Clinic-trained senior partners.
During these years he developed the role of Medical Director for Quality, the first designated medico-administrative position at St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira, NY.
Building upon his
medical practice and medical staff leadership experience in responding to both JCAHO and New York State regulation, Dr. Merry
began in 1981 a career devoted to consultation and education in the areas of quality, medical staff leadership, and organizational transition.
has worked with more than 1000 health care organizations in all 50 United States and internationally.
Clients have included hospitals, physician group practices, managed care plans, multi-hospital systems, health care law firms, consulting firms involved in a variety of health management issues, the U.S. military health system (Project Director, US Department of Defense
, Civilian External Peer Review Program, 1987-94), and JCAHO.
has developed educational programs for the American Medical Association
, the American Hospital Association
, the American College of Physician Executives
, the American College of Healthcare Executives
, the American Medical Group Association
, the Medical Group Management Association
, the Veterans Administration, the Indian Health Service
, the American Society
for Quality and numerous state and regional professional associations.
practice keeps pace with vital issues emanating from the emergence of health care's information and consumer revolutions.
He is a recognized communicator of leading edge quality concepts for health care, including Six Sigma, Human Factors Science, ISO 9000 and Baldrige-based systems development.
present areas of focus include governance and leadership issues of organizational transition, physician liaison and leadership development, integration of quality systems into health system/network development, and creative approaches to address the national issue of patient safety.
In addition to his consulting and educational work, Dr. Merry continues in his part-time positions as Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of New Hampshire and Senior Advisor for Medical Affairs for the New Hampshire Hospital Association, a position created in 1994 to foster effective communication and collaboration between clinical and managerial professionals as they pursue health systems development.
In 1997 the American College of Physician Executives
recognized Dr. Merry
with its Rodney T. West Literary Achievement Award, citing his
article, "Physician Leadership: The Time is Now!
as 1996s "most significant literary contribution to the advancement of the medical management profession."