Chicago-area couple Kathy and John Schreiber are donating $15 million to the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab to help fund research and care related to brain conditions.
The area of the rehabilitation hospital where overnight patients receive care for brain conditions — such as stroke and traumatic brain injuries — will be renamed the John and Cathy Schreiber Brain Innovation Center. The money will also support hospital programs designed to help patients thrive in their communities.
Kathy Schreiber said, “As longtime residents of the Chicagoland area, John and I have developed a deep personal connection to the important mission of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and have seen firsthand how the hospital’s integrated team of physicians and researchers How the team advances patients’ abilities.” in a news release.
The Schreibers also donated money to help open the Ability Lab. $550 million Ability Lab opened In Streeterville in 2017, replacing the old non-profit Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago on East Superior Street. The name of the hospital was changed as part of the transformation.
The hospital focuses on patients with complex conditions who still require care and rehabilitation services after leaving traditional hospitals. The Ability Lab aims to combine research and patient care.
jon schreiber grew up in chicago and attended Loyola University before going to Harvard University Business School. He then spent 20 years in real estate investment management and founded the New York-based Blackstone Group’s real estate investment management business.
Schreiber’s donation is part of AbilityLab’s three-year $100 million Accelerate Ability campaign, which focuses on raising funds to shorten the timeline for scientific discovery; Attracting and retaining scientists and providers; Improving research and retrieval using data; and support special programs for patients.