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Published on August 19, 2016

Shirley Ryan Joins Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Board of Directors

 

CHICAGO — (Aug. 19, 2016) — The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) today announced that Shirley W. Ryan has joined its Board of Directors.

 

Mrs. Ryan serves as the Chair of Pathways, the leading resource in early detection and intervention tools that maximize children’s motor, sensory, and communication development. Earlier this summer, she and her husband, Patrick W. Ryan, contributed a record gift in support of RIC’s state-of-the-art research hospital. When the new facility opens in March 2017, it will be named the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. As part of this transformative gift, Pathways, which consists of a leading outpatient pediatric therapy clinic and an expansive educational website, has integrated with RIC.

 Shirley Ryan

“Shirley is a visionary who has devoted her life to empowering people with the knowledge, services and tools to advance ability,” said Joanne C. Smith, M.D., RIC president and CEO. “We are thrilled that she’s joining our board and are confident she will apply her insight and influence to propel RIC and Pathways even farther.”

 

In addition to her work with Pathways, Mrs. Ryan serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and on the Board of Directors of the University of Notre Dame, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Alain Locke Charter Academy, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Mrs. Ryan has been appointed by two presidents to the National Council on Disability, which advises Congress on disability issues. She has also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Notre Dame.

 

About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s leading provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world. Founded in 1953, RIC has been designated the “No. 1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab — RIC’s new, state-of-the-art research hospital, will open in March 2017. For more information, go to www.ric.org.

 

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