Marianjoy President and CEO Honored as “Woman of Distinction” by Suburban Life Magazine

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Kathleen Yosko recognized for her contributions to rehabilitative medicine and advocacy for persons with disabilities

Kathleen Yosko with award

Kathleen Yosko receives the "Women of Distinction" award at a luncheon held May 7.

"I’m very proud to serve as the president and CEO of an organization who [...] strives every day to achieve full inclusion for not only out patients, but all persons with disabilities," Yosko said.

Kathleen Yosko, President and CEO of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, was presented with a 2015 Women of Distinction Award from Suburban Life Magazine at an awards luncheon held May 7. The second annual Women of Distinction Award honors remarkable women from Chicago’s western suburbs for their contributions to their communities, professions and philanthropic causes.

Yosko was among 12 women from a variety of business, philanthropic and government backgrounds who received the award from Suburban Life Magazine, which will issue an in-depth profile of each woman throughout the year.

In accepting the award, Yosko pointed to the upcoming anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which will celebrate 25 years since its passage in July.

"I’m very proud to serve as the president and CEO of an organization, who, along with a committed board, physicians, clinical staff, and dedicated community members, strives every day to achieve full inclusion for not only our patients, but all persons with disabilities," Yosko said.

Sherri Dauskurdas, editor of Suburban Life Magazine, said Yosko and the other award winners were selected for investing in the success of others.

“We look for people who are active in their communities and in their professions, who have not only been successful, but who pulled up others to be successful. These are people who truly make a difference,” Dauskurdas said.

President and CEO of Marianjoy since 1998, Yosko began her career as a registered nurse during the Vietnam War and became an advocate for adults and children with disabilities. At Marianjoy, Yosko led the development and construction of a new Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in 2006 and a renovated Outpatient Pavilion which was unveiled in 2014. In 2001, she helped launch AbilityLinks, a nationwide, web-based community that has helped secure employment for over 600 job seekers with disabilities.

About Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is a nonprofit teaching hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, dedicated to the delivery of physical medicine and rehabilitation programs including stroke, neuromuscular, orthopedic, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and pediatrics. Marianjoy’s state-of-the-art, 128 private room replacement hospital is designed to provide rehabilitative care in a naturally holistic setting. Founded in 1972, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics throughout the Chicago area. Marianjoy is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. To learn more, visit
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