The Nantucket Cottage Hospital Board of Trustees has named Gary Shaw president and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital following a nationwide search. Shaw – who began his new role Dec. 9 – brings more than two decades of experience leading hospitals and health care organizations from Delaware to Alaska, as well as 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy’s Medical Service Corps.

“Gary is the right person to lead Nantucket Cottage Hospital into this new era with the island’s new health care facility, and every member of the search committee and the board feels confident that his experience and skillset are well-matched to meet the challenges of our remote island hospital,” said Kevin Hickey, chair of the hospital’s Board of Trustees.

Shaw most recently served as president of Cambridge Medical Center in Minnesota. Prior to that, he was the hospital administrator of the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, a regional referral center and teaching hospital for the Alaska Native and American Indian populations. Shaw enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1977, progressing from hospital corpsman to lieutenant commander of the Navy’s Medical Service Corps. He served during four wars and his last assignment was as Secretary of State Madeline Albright’s public health representative to the United Nations during the Bosnian war.

“My wife Trisha and I are very excited to be returning to our New England roots, joining the Nantucket community, and I couldn’t be more pleased to be invited to work with the wide array of highly skilled team members at Nantucket Cottage Hospital,” Shaw said.

Shaw succeeds Margot Hartmann, MD, PhD, who served as Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s president and CEO since 2010.