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Date: 6/18/2012

Janice Ryba, CEO, St. Mary Medical Center, Named 2012 Most Influential Woman

Janice Ryba, CEO, St. Mary Medical Center was awarded the 2012 Most Influential Woman of the Year in the Healthcare Category by the Influential Women of Northwest Indiana organization. Every year, the organization honors the most influential and up-and-coming women in each of 11 different industries, ranging from construction and healthcare to education and government.

MERRILLVILLE - St. Mary Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Janice Ryba was named one of 2012 Most Influential Women of Northwest Indiana for her positive impact in the field of Healthcare. Ryba was honored recently at an awards banquet at the Radisson Hotel, Star Plaza with more than 500 guests in attendance.

“Janice is a leader who is consistently open to new and innovative ideas, and empowers those who can carry out the programs and initiatives that improve the lives of Northwest Indiana residents,” said John Gorski, COO of Community Healthcare System. “We are extremely proud of her accomplishments and this well-deserved recognition.”

Since becoming CEO in 2007, Ryba has led the hospital into a period of significant growth and accomplishments. She has completed several capital projects and achieved significant quality accreditations, including those in stroke, joint replacement, breast imaging, chest pain, and cancer. This year, Ryba spearheaded the development and construction of an $18 million free-standing outpatient facility in Valparaiso that will open in January 2013.

“It is humbling to receive this award in the company so many notable and well-deserving nominees,” said Ryba. “I am fortunate to be a part of a healthcare system that recognizes and rewards the strengths and contributions of women throughout every professional level.”

Influential Women of Northwest Indiana is an organization devoted to providing women with the resources, recognition and motivation necessary to be successful in the business world. Every year, Influential Women honors the most influential and up-and-coming women in each of 11 different industries, ranging from construction and healthcare to education and government.

The program’s honorees were selected by a committee of business leaders who had the challenging task of narrowing the 90 nominees to just one winner for “Influential Woman” and “Up and Coming Woman” in each of the 11 industry categories (22 winners total).

Community Healthcare System administration and staff, and parent company Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc. (CFNI) received other nominations in various categories as well.

St. Catherine Hospital CEO Jo Ann Birdzell also was nominated in the Healthcare category. Senior Vice President and CFO for Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana Mary Ann Shacklett was nominated in the Non-Profit category as a Most Influential Woman.

Last year, for her philanthropic work in the community and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of CFNI, Inc., Frankie Fesko was honored with the inaugural Most Influential Community Leader award.

Community Healthcare System was a finalist in a new category for 2012, Empowering Business of the Year. The award honors a business that steadily employs and supports women through fair business practices, said Andrea Pearman, president of Diversified Marketing Strategies (DMS). DMS is a full-service marketing communications agency headquartered in Crown Point and the program’s founder. DMS is also the publisher of Building Indiana News, an award-winning magazine that is the leading source of business and economic development news throughout Indiana.