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Published on December 10, 2008

M. Jude Reyes Elected Chairman of RIC's Board of Directors

RIC Board Chairman
M. Jude Reyes

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the nation’s #1 rehabilitation hospital[1] , today announced that M. Jude Reyes is the new chairman of the hospital’s board of directors. In a planned succession, Reyes succeeds Michael L. Keiser, who recently completed a two-year term as board chairman.

Reyes has been a member of the RIC board since February 2002. He has served on several board committees, including finance and budget, compensation, membership and the executive committee. The 15-member board elected Reyes as chair-elect in November 2007.

Dr. Joanne C. Smith, RIC’s president and chief executive officer said, “I am enthusiastic about working with Jude Reyes as the next chairman of RIC’s board of directors. He offers a seasoned approach to board leadership and an understanding that, despite challenging economic times, RIC must push forward to pave the way for a new era in rehabilitation medicine.”

In his professional life, Reyes is co-chairman and one of the founders of Reyes Holdings L.L.C., a privately held holding company for a variety of businesses in the food and beverage distribution industry. Forbes magazine ranks Reyes Holdings as the 26th largest privately held company in the United States , and Crain’s Chicago Business lists the company as the largest privately held company in the Chicago area. Reyes serves on the board of directors for the NorthShore University HealthSystem, Pathways Foundation, the Shedd Aquarium and the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Washington, D.C. He is a trustee for Northwestern University and The Field Museum.

“I am quite honored to take this position of leadership at RIC,” Reyes said. “This organization has shown long-term vision, starting with Dr. Henry Betts and proceeding with today’s president and CEO, Dr. Joanne Smith. It is RIC's talent that will lead us to into the future, and the future looks bright.”

Reyes earned a degree in economics from Wofford College in Spartanburg , S.C. He is married and lives with his wife, Lori, and three children in Kenilworth, Ill.

Reyes’ predecessor as chairman of the RIC board of directors is Michael L. Keiser. He is credited with helping the organization focus on enhancing its status as a cutting-edge, vibrant institution. He led the team that appointed Dr. Smith as president and CEO, and he helped initiate the development of an innovative new vision to carry RIC – and the field of rehabilitation medicine – into the future.

“Mike Keiser was the right leader at the right time for RIC,” Dr. Smith said. “I will be eternally grateful to him as a leader, a mentor and a partner. RIC stands poised to continue to lead our field for generations to come, in part because of Mike’s stewardship.”

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is making a difference in the world for people with disabilities.  RIC provides world-class care to patients from around the globe for a range of conditions from acute brain and spinal cord injury to chronic arthritis, pain and sports injuries. RIC, founded in 1954, has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991 and attributes its leading standard of care in part to its innovative research and discovery, particularly in the areas of bionic medicine, robotics, neural regeneration, pain care and better outcomes. RIC operates its 165-bed, Flagship hospital in downtown Chicago , as well as a network of 30 sites of care located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs that provide additional inpatient care, day rehabilitation and outpatient services. RIC also maintains strategic alliances with leading healthcare providers throughout the state of Illinois and Indiana .

[1] U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIC the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital ” every year since 1991.