Chicago — Northwestern University has announced the creation of a new flagship center focused on improving the quality of primary care to improve primary care services and systems worldwide.
A gift from the family of Patrick G. ’59, ’09 H (’97, ’00 P) and Shirley W. Ryan ’61, ’19 H (’97, ’00 P) will give the Ryan Family Center for Global Basic Education sponsorship within Northwestern University Western in Feinberg, Robert J. (eds.).
The primary care center’s focus within this objective is to collaborate with partner institutions in international environments where critical healthcare is most needed. Northwestern will help identify research and training opportunities, build capacity for more primary care patients and, ultimately, improve health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care. This gift is part of a transformative $480 million gift from Ryan’s family to the university announced in September 2021.
“This wonderful gift from the Ryan family enables Northwestern to expand our very important work around the world to improve lives and transform human health,” he said. Dr. Eric J. NelsonLouis Landsberg, dean and vice president for medical affairs at Feinberg. “It is support like this that accelerates the discovery of some of the most important health issues in society. We are very grateful for their commitment to science in medicine.”
With support from the center, Feinberg faculty will conduct research and support science laboratories at these collaborating institutions, and Feinberg students and interns will travel globally for pilot projects in primary care research.
“With this wise gift, Ryans puts Northwestern faculty in a position to help reinvent primary care on a global scale,” said Michael H. Shell, President of Northwestern University. “This represents one of our most urgent directives as an institution, and one that has far-reaching implications as anything implemented at a university like ours.”
Dr. Robert J ’80 MD, ’83 GME, ’84 GME (’08, ’13P), Deputy Director of the Havey Institute for Global Health, said the Global Health Institute’s goal is to find sustainable solutions to improve health and care for populations in under-resourced countries around the world. He noted that primary care is the foundation for health care to be affordable and effective.
“The new Ryan Family Center for Global Primary Care will allow the Institute to find more efficient ways to improve and expand primary care systems to serve the billions of people around the world who currently have poor access to quality health care,” said Hadi, also a clinical professor. medicine in division General internal medicine and geriatricsand longtime general internist at Northwestern Medical Group. “This is a crisis of human, economic and social stability, occurring at an unprecedented time in global population growth. All of us at the Institute are grateful to Ryan’s family for their appreciation and help in supporting this critical need.”
As the largest donor in Northwestern history, Ryan’s family has made extensive and deep philanthropic investments across the foundation, including academics. Ryans has provided support for hundreds of different university programs. Among the most notable are:
- Patrick J and Shirley W. Ryan Hall It is the home of the Northwestern International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN)which brings together chemists, engineers, biologists, clinicians, and business experts from across the university looking for small answers to big, complex problems in fields as diverse as medicine, information technology, energy, homeland security, food, water safety, and transportation.
- Ryan’s family has also contributed greatly to the laboratory and research space within Robert H. Center. Lowry Medical Research On the Chicago campus.
- Patrick J and Shirley W. Ryan Family Fellowship in Nanotechnology It prepares early graduate students for leadership roles in academia and industry. Over the past 15 years, 218 fellows from 10 different departments have been funded in multiple disciplines. Nearly half of Ryan’s former classmates have moved on to careers in academia; 44% in industry; 4% are employees of other organizations, such as government agencies, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations, and hospitals; and 2% continue their education.
- The Patrick J and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts It is the architecturally famous Lake Michigan home of the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music as well as the Departments of Theater and Performance Studies and the Administrative Offices of the College of Communication. The center was dedicated to the Evanston Campus in 2015.
- Ryan’s Family Chair Challenge He has greatly improved research and teaching at Northwestern University by advancing the process of establishing conferred professorships across the university. during we will. Northwest CampaignThe Ryan Family Chair Challenge has matched gifts from other Northwestern donors to create 25 talented new professors or chairs across a wide range of disciplines including screenwriting, stage, nanotechnology and biomedical engineering. Chairs will provide a dedicated source of funds for the scientific activities of Chairs and will guarantee salaries for these faculty members and members of their research teams.
- The Patrick J and Shirley W. Ryan Family Scholars Program Provides financial support to high-achieving, low-income undergraduate students with exceptional leadership potential. Each year, in partnership with Student Enrichment Services, the Office of Financial Aid assigns a diverse group of 20 to 25 incoming students as Ryan Scholars based on community involvement, civic engagement, and financial need. Ryan Scholars have the opportunity to participate in community building activities and cultural outings throughout the school year. Since the program began, 297 students have participated in the Ryan Scholars program.
About Pat and Shirley Ryan
Patrick J. Ryan graduated from Northwestern University in 1959. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from what was then the School of Business and is now the Kellogg School of Management. He also received an honorary degree from the university in 2009 in recognition of his 14-year service as Chairman of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees. In 2013, he was inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame.
Shirley Welch Ryan graduated from Northwestern University in 1961. She earned her undergraduate degree in English literature from what was then the College of Arts and Sciences and is now the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In 2019, Northwestern University awarded Ms. Ryan the title of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Mr. Ryan has the distinction of being one of Chicago’s most successful entrepreneurs and prominent civic leaders. His first business venture as a student involved selling scrapbooks to fellow students, which paid for his education at Northwestern University. Mr. Ryan founded and served for 41 years as CEO of Aon Corporation, the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage. At the time of his retirement, Aon had nearly $8 billion in annual revenue with more than 500 offices in 120 countries.
In 2010, Mr. Ryan founded Ryan Specialty, a service provider of specialized products and solutions for brokers, agents and insurance companies. The company provides distribution, underwriting, product development, management and risk management services by acting as a wholesale broker and management contractor.
Mr. Ryan is currently the Chairman and CEO of Ryan Specialty Holdings, Inc. , which completed its initial public offering in July 2021. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “RYAN”. Mr. Ryan is distinguished for founding and building two major insurance companies on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Ryan is a member of the Chicago Business Hall of Fame, and a member and past president of the Chicago Economic Club. He is also a member of the International Insurance Hall of Fame and the Automobile Hall of Fame, a member and past chair of the Northwestern Board of Trustees, recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Shirley Welsh Ryan is the founder of Pathways.org, which is used annually by 40 million parents and healthcare professionals through its video-based website and social media in every country except North Korea. Three hundred US institutions of higher education use the free Pathway.org materials. Ms. Ryan’s pioneering work in enabling the full physical development of every infant has won numerous awards. Two US presidents have appointed her to the National Disability Council in Washington, D.C., which advises the US Congress on disability policy.
In 2017, Pathways.org merged with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, acclaimed for 32 years as the first rehabilitation hospital in the United States by US News & World Report.
The Medical Pathways.org Roundtable (PMRT), established in 1990, is the first major chart of typical and atypical development of infants to be approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). All Pathways.org materials are compliant with the PMRT and AAP . leadership
Ms. Ryan strongly believes in the power of early infant detection, therapeutic intervention, universal accessibility, and the concept that all children can learn. She is on the boards of the University of Notre Dame, Opera Lyric of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Allan Locke Charter School, and WTTW-PBS. She has also served on the boards of directors of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and Ronald MacDonald House Charities; chaired the Chicago Trust Society Board of Directors; She founded the Women’s Council at Lincoln Park Zoo. For 46 years, Ms. Ryan has led a graduate-level course at Northwestern University called Learning for Life.
Ms. Ryan has received honorary doctorates from Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also received the Chicago Museum of History Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership.
In addition to her BA from Northwestern University, Ms. Ryan has taught at the Sorbonne University of Paris and the Ecole du Louvre in Paris.
In addition to Mr. and Mrs. Ryan, Ryan’s family includes JD 97, Patt, MBA and Lydia; Rob ’00 JD, MBA and Jennifer; and Corbett.
This is one of a series of announcements announced this fall regarding the Ryan family’s $480 million gift to Northwestern, which was Announced in September 2021.
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