National Association of Professional Women Announces Mary L. Salisbury, Founder and President of the Cedar Institute, Inc., as VIP Woman of the Year

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Mary L. Salisbury is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession.

As owner and operator, I am accountable to my clients for maintaining a hardy business capable of meeting their needs.

NAPW honors Mary L. Salisbury, M.S.N., R.N., as a 2013/2014 Professional Woman of the Year for leadership in healthcare with this prestigious distinction. As the largest, most-recognized organization of women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 400 Local Chapters.

“As owner and operator, I am accountable to my clients for maintaining a hardy business capable of meeting their needs,"says Ms. Salisbury. “To do that, I must at once be entrepreneur, business and project manager and high-caliber subject matter expert.”

Founder and president of The Cedar Institute, Inc., Ms. Salisbury has taken the skills she amassed as a nursing professional. She uses them to assist other healthcare professionals and organizations through improvement coaching, helping them to navigate such issues as patient safety and teamwork. She says, “My professional skills are founded in the principles of nursing – of becoming an expert at doing for a patient those elements they cannot do/perform for themselves – and I now transfer that to my clients."

In her more than 40 years of nursing experience, including operative, critical care and emergency medicine, Ms. Salisbury has observed “the delivery of healthcare and the patient experience – where providers and patients are vulnerable to harm within our system.” At The Cedar Institute, she provides the tools and resources care teams need to safeguard themselves and others.
Admitting to having been inspired in the past by the Sisters of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and Jane Aroian, one of her professors at Northeastern University, today, Ms. Salisbury says her grandson is her inspiration. "He motivates me to want to leave the world a better place."

An entrepreneur at heart, Ms. Salisbury also considers herself an inventor, a role she plans to expand in the future. “I anticipate inventing elements and products that will solve/resolve some of the most basic yet resistant challenges facing patients and healthcare providers on a day-in--day-out basis.

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