As President and CEO of Miles Memorial Hospital in coastal Damariscotta, Judy Tarr ’99 oversees every aspect of its operation and its nearby long-term care division. It’s a challenging job that requires constant attention, both to details of the business and to satisfaction of the patients and staff.
Thirteen years ago, her promotion to CEO at Miles Memorial came with a caveat: a master’s degree was required. Tarr searched a still-fledgling Internet to find a distance education program that would fit with her family life and her demanding job.
“The Saint Joseph’s program … was great because most of the work could be done off-site and I liked the fact that it was nearby,” she says. She found her course work in the health services administration program was stimulating yet practical. It allowed her to apply principles she learned in class to solve problems in the hospital. In addition to off-campus studies, she attended two summer session residencies and still keeps in touch with some of those classmates.
Now she’s training with Saint Joseph’s to become an online instructor for its health services administration program and writing the curriculum for the course she’ll be teaching.
When she’s away from the hospital, Tarr immerses herself in her “first love” – oil painting. She also volunteers for the Round Top Center for the Arts and as a driver for Mobius, a social service agency serving people with developmental disabilities. Tarr also enjoys scuba diving with her husband in exotic locations like Bonaire and the Grand Cayman Islands.
Judy Tarr ’99
Master in Health Services Administration President and CEO
Miles Memorial Hospital, Damariscotta, Maine