This award is presented annually in memory of Louis Gorin, a federal employee who for 25 years helped lead the design and authorization of health initiatives for rural America. Award recipients are selected based on their creativity, unselfishness, compassion, cooperative attitude in seeking ways to make lasting contributions to rural health care, and a demonstrated effect on rural health at the state and national levels.
As a leader, Ryan is known for her energetic leadership, and the ability to envision and create successful outcomes in complex situations. Dr. Ryan has diverse healthcare and functional expertise from rural to tertiary medicine, with a tenacious commitment to driving results and motivating staff to peak performance. Under Ryan’s leadership, Cottage introduced their Center of Orthopedic Excellence, the Ray of Hope Geriatric Behavioral Health Center, a designated trauma center for adults and pediatrics, and a transfer-center that accepts medical, surgical and intensive care patients from other hospitals. Enhanced surgery recovery protocols were also introduced to improve patient’s surgical experience and help in decreasing in opioid use. Additionally, Cottage staff are training in mind-body integration, which she believes will lead to better health outcomes for patients.