Giuliani Denies Alleged Affair With CEO of Woodsville Hospital

  • Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, and Maria Ryan, Cottage Hospital CEO, applaud as a video is displayed before Giuliani speaks at the Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and Democracy at the Grand Hyatt, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Washington. Ryan also spoke at the convention. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

  • Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, in Washington on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

  • Cottage Hospital CEO Maria Ryan on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Woodsville, N.H. (Valley News - Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

New York Daily News
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New York — Donald Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is vehemently denying reports that his separation from wife Judith Nathan was caused by an alleged affair with Maria Ryan, CEO of Woodsville’s Cottage Hospital, whom he insists is just a “friend.”

The pair has been linked on several occasions in recent months, including an alleged meet-up at a resort in New Hampshire the weekend before Giuliani’s separation from his wife of 15 years.

Giuliani said he knew the split was coming — but insisted it wasn’t because of any hanky-panky with the married Ryan.

“I think this occurred on March 29 and I was separated on April 2, so I had a pretty good inkling of (the divorce),” he told the New York Daily News on Tuesday.

Giuliani visited Cottage Hospital in late March. At the time, the Woodsville hospital said he was interested in the launch of Cottage’s new Athenahealth electronic medical record system.

“On Thursday, 3/29, Rudy Giuliani will be stopping by the Hospital to wish the staff luck with the conversion. Mr. Giuliani is impressed with how progressive Cottage Hospital is with its cyber security,” Stephanie Chase, Cottage’s executive assistant, said in an email.

Asked for more details at that time, she said via email, “Rudy Giuliani has been impressed with our cyber security which prompted his decision to visit Cottage Hospital. ... The business he founded and still participates in, Giuliani Partners, is involved in security.”

According to Giuliani, that two-day visit was strictly business, despite reports that he and Ryan, who is married to a former Marine, retreated to a hotel’s presidential suite.

“They might have it confused with the private room we went into to have dinner at the restaurant,” he said.

“There was no pleasure at all,” he said. “One of the nights I watched The Godfather.”

According to Giuliani, he booked the hotel’s presidential suite, but it wasn’t because he planned on hosting.

“It’s not that big in that hotel,” he said. “That’s where I stay in many places when I go.”

Giuliani insists he and Ryan are “good friends” and that her husband is a good friend as well.

A source questioned Giuliani’s story and noted the mayor, who is said to have met up with Ryan on the campaign trail, also was in New Hampshire on Memorial Day weekend.

“Rudy was in Manchester, New Hampshire on (May 27), the night before his 74th birthday,” the source said, adding Giuliani then high-tailed it back to New York.

On May 28, after attending a Yankees game where he was booed in front of 46,583 fans when a big screen at Yankee Stadium announced it was his birthday, Giuliani hosted a party at his swanky new Park Avenue bachelor pad on the Upper East Side. Guests included former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, ex-New York City top cop Bernard Kerik, and Ryan, whom a source says was introduced to party-goers as “a friend.”

Giuliani and Ryan recently have spent time together abroad as well.

When the pair traveled to Israel last week to visit the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, the website Hadassah.org identified Ryan as the politico’s “partner.”

Ryan also appeared, along with Giuliani, at the May 5 Iran Freedom Convention for Human Rights and Democracy in Washington.

“You may wonder why I am here. I’m not Iranian, I’m not a politician, I’m just a human being who was very compelled by the story I heard about the MEK,” Ryan told the audience, referring to the Iranian resistance group Mojahedin-e Khalq, according to excerpts on an Iranian-American community website. “I’ve had my ups and downs in life and my struggles. I had to overcome poverty. But never was I persecuted on a daily basis. Never was I told my opinion doesn’t matter because of my gender.”

Ryan, who is in her early 50s, started working at Cottage Hospital in 2006 in the dual role of chief nursing officer and chief operating officer.

One of her favorite leisure activities is sharpshooting, and her office includes photos of her with former President George W. Bush and former Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio, according to a story published last summer in Enterprise, the Valley News’ business magazine.

She earned an associate degree at New Hampshire Technical Institute in 1989 and became licensed as a registered nurse, then got a bachelor’s degree from University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree from Rivier College in Nashua. She also holds a degree in health care administration from Warren National University in Wyoming, which the Enterprise story noted had been known as Kennedy-Warren University and closed in 2009 following a failed accreditation bid. She told the magazine, somewhat in jest, that the online program she completed in 2008 formalized what she had learned on the job.

“I hate to say this, but I don’t know what more it could teach me,” she said at the time.

Ryan has been CEO at Cottage since 2010 and earned $290,000 in total compensation in 2016, according to the hospital’s latest available tax filing. Cottage reported $32.6 million in revenue that year.

Valley News staff writer John Gregg contributed to this report.


Maria Ryan is licensed as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. An earlier version of this story incorrectly referred in one place to her profession.