Gift Creates Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics
Grand Forks, ND – Altru Health Foundation received their second largest single gift from Suzanne ‘Sanny’ Ryan this spring. The gift is set to be used for the Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics located within Choice Health & Fitness. The new Center will open September 24.
The first of its kind in the region, the Center will encourage individuals to think about their health through preventive measures before it comes medically necessary to seek care. This shift from treating illness to preventing disease processes creates a catalyst which can shift the direction of a national epidemic contributing to many disease processes.
“We are very fortunate and excited to see Sanny’s vision come to fruition,” explained Jon Green, Executive Director of Altru Health Foundation. “The Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics will serve as an important foundation for an individual’s wellbeing.”
With access to key professionals, programming and state-of-the-art technology, the Sanny and Jerry Ryan Center for Prevention and Genetics will utilize genetic information to help people understand their risks, prevent, help manage and, in some cases, reduce the expression of inherited disease.
“Sanny and Jerry Ryan’s vision of wellness leaves a legacy which benefits the community and its future generations,” stated Green.
For generations, the Ryan family has been a fixture in the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks communities. Both Sanny and her late husband Jerry have committed their lives to locally supporting community activities and seeking opportunities to fill needs where they exist. They’ve also been strong proponents of health and wellness. Loyal supporters of Altru Health System, their generosity has made a significant difference to hundreds of thousands of patients throughout the region.
About Altru Health System
Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 3,800 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $400 million.