William G. And Mary A. Ryan to Receive President's Medal for Distinguished Service at Loyola University Health System Gala

News Archive May 10, 2011

William G. And Mary A. Ryan to Receive President's Medal for Distinguished Service at Loyola University Health System Gala

Health System CEO Lauds Couple's Commitment to Faith, Family and Giving Back
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Suburban land developer William G. Ryan and his wife, Mary A. Ryan, of Hinsdale, will be awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service at the Loyola University Health System Gala, to be held Saturday, May 21, on the medical center campus in Maywood, Ill. The award was established to honor individuals whose outstanding leadership and service merit special recognition by the LUHS president and board of directors. Recipients of this medal demonstrate exemplary philanthropic support, advocacy, community outreach and volunteerism to strengthen the mission of Loyola University Health System (LUHS). The Ryans' recent gift to LUHS helped to bring next-generation technology to the cardiac electrophysiology laboratory at the new Loyola University Hospital Tower. The center is named the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine. A photograph of the Ryans is part of a recognition plaque that honors the couple's gift in the center's lobby. “The story of the Ryan family is one of deep faith, perseverance and success, and our health system is blessed to be a part of this story. Giving back to the community is one of the `Ryan Family Values.’ Because of the Ryans' generosity, we have become a destination for thousands of families who want world-class cardiovascular care," said Dr. Paul K. Whelton, president and CEO, Loyola University Health System. At the gala, the Ryans will be lauded with tributes, the award presentation and a video that tells the story of how the Ryans' successful business, Town & Country Homes, grew at the same time that their own family was growing. The Ryans have seven living children, a close-knit group who all live in the Chicago area. They also have 31 grandchildren. The family gathers for family events often and the group of 47 even travel together. In addition to being one of the largest residential builders in metropolitan Chicago, Town & Country Homes was truly a family-operated business. The couple founded the business in 1958, the same year they were married. As the company was just starting, Mary Ryan would often drive to William's office with her young children so that they could have dinner together as a family. As the business grew to include townhomes and expanded beyond the boundaries of the Chicago area, the Ryans' adult children all played a role in running the family business. Town and Country was sold in March 2005. Along the way, the Ryans have shared their talent and resources with numerous organizations, including Misericordia Homes, the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary's College, the Wellness House of Hinsdale, several area hospitals and the Lost Tree Foundation, made up of community residents near the Ryans' home in Florida. "Reaching out to others is part of the fabric of the Ryan family and their gifts are improving lives here every day," said David Wilber, the George M. Eisenberg Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences and the director of the division of cardiology and the Cardiovascular Institute. "Our facilities and options for patients with cardiac problems have expanded significantly thanks to their gift to our health system."
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.
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