Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Loyola University Health System Supporters Receive Special Thanks at Annual Gala

Gala Recognizes Mary A. and William G. Ryan and Other Donors for Their Support

MAYWOOD, Ill. – More than 350 friends and supporters gathered on the Loyola University Medical Center campus on Saturday, May 21, to celebrate the 2nd Annual Loyola University Health System Gala, which honored Hinsdale residents Mary A. and William G. Ryan as recipients of the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. "The Loyola University Health System Gala brings together our most generous friends who care deeply about the future of our world-class clinical programs,” said Karen Lewis Alexander, senior vice president for development and external affairs. “We spend days transforming our medical center campus into a breathtaking dinner-dance venue so that the setting matches the celebratory mood of this special evening.” This included the hospital’s soaring lobby where guests in evening clothes enjoyed cocktails and took part in a dedication ceremony recognizing donors before boarding trolleys for a campus tour. Arriving at an enormous tent erected at the south end of campus, a red carpet led party goers to a lounge tent filled with Le Corbusier-inspired white leather furniture and surrounded with boxwood topiaries. “This night honors individuals and organizations who have given much to advance our mission. We also present the health system's most prestigious award, the President's Medal for Distinguished Service. We are thrilled that this year the medal was given to William and Mary Ryan of Hinsdale, an extraordinary couple whose gift to the health system named our Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine," Alexander said. At dinner, a harpist played while guests enjoyed twin beef and barramundi fillets. Guests ate amidst a profusion of peonies, roses and lilacs. Dancing followed, with the Ryans, all seven of their children, respective spouses, 30 grandchildren and many other relatives taking a turn on the dance floor to the music of City Lights Orchestra. At the conclusion of the event, volunteers transported the striking floral arrangements to the Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, which is located across from the campus, to bring joy and say thank you to the men and women who protect our nation. Loyola University Health System is committed to excellence in patient care and the education of health professionals. New knowledge and advances in healing in the communities we serve are achieved through ethical behavior, academic distinction and scientific research. LUHS is dedicated to going beyond the treatment of disease to also treat the human spirit. For media inquiries, please contact Evie Polsley at or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part 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. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At 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 Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago 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.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.