Dr. Timothy J. Ryan ’72 and Lifecare Medical Associates, a medical group Ryan founded in 1979, were recently honored as the Business of the Year by the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. Ryan was featured in a Finger Lakes Times article covering the award as well as an article written by New York State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio L.H.D. ’07 (R-Fayette) highlighting Ryan’s services to local residents.
“We’re lucky he came home to practice,” said Nozzolio at the Chamber gathering. “He’s served thousands of patients since 1979. He’s a real treasure for our region.”
Ryan founded Lifecare Medical Associates at the former Taylor-Brown Memorial Hospital in Waterloo when Taylor-Brown and the former Seneca Falls Hospital closed. The Lifecare facility now resides on Balsley Road in Seneca Falls and became affiliated with Finger Lakes Health in Geneva last year.
“I’m honored, but more so, I’m humbled,” said Ryan, citing past Business of the Year winners who started small and grew in Seneca County. “I’ve tried to put the patients first. My staff will tell you we have a ‘can do’ attitude. Where there is a health care need to serve, why not do it?”
In addition to his duties as director of Lifecare, Ryan has devoted much of his life to medical education. Currently, he is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at both the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Ryan is a charter preceptor for the SUNY Rural Medicine Education Program and founder of the annual Lifecare conference, which has provided continuing medical education for health professionals for more than two decades.
Ryan serves as the medical director for a number of local school systems, the Seneca County Department of Health, and the Seneca Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility. He is the former chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Health System’s Department of Family Medicine and the former president of the Seneca County Medical Society.
A Geneva native, Ryan earned his B.S. in biology at HWS and went on to study at Dartmouth Medical School and the University of Minnesota, where he earned a medical degree. At HWS, Ryan was on the lacrosse team and honored with the Blazer Award. He was the recipient of the Eaton-Cross Prize for excellence in biology and chemistry, and the Sutherland Prize for excellence in the classics. He was on the student Sesquicentennial Committee and the Committee on Honors. Ryan was one of the first two recipients of the Geneva Scholarship Associates award in 1968.
The two Finger Lakes Times articles follow:
Sen. Michael Nozzolio • Jan. 21, 2016
We who live and work in the Finger Lakes region have a lot to be grateful for. It is with great admiration and gratitude I share with you the story of a wonderful person who has dedicated his life to serving the people of our region.
Wherever you live, whoever you may be, I’m sure you would agree that good, quality, available health care is essential. For those of us in Seneca County we saw two hospitals close their doors and cease operation during the 1980s. Almost overnight, the hospitals that many of us were born in no longer existed. As a lifelong resident and representative of the region, I am grateful every day that Tim Ryan decided to come home to practice medicine.
For the last four decades, Dr. Timothy J. Ryan and his Lifecare Medical Associates team have filled the void in health care left by the hospital closures by providing essential medical care to thousands of families in the central Finger Lakes.
Unfortunately, gone are the days in most places in America when the local town doctor knew everyone’s name and cared for generations of families in small rural communities. We in our region are so very fortunate because while times may have changed, Dr. Ryan, for nearly 40 years, dedicated his life to providing very personal care to his patients with up-to-date care and medical technology.
Dr. Ryan founded Lifecare Medical Associates in 1979 with the essential concept that patients deserve convenient, comprehensive treatment provided by professionals who truly care about those they serve.
Under Dr. Ryan’s able leadership, Lifecare Medical Associates provides exceptional health services to residents of the Finger Lakes with experienced physicians and state-of-the-art technology in a variety of fields, serving patients from the very youngest to our seniors and everyone in between.
Tim was born and raised in Geneva, educated at Hobart College, the Dartmouth Medical School, and earned a Doctorate from the University of Minnesota. With those credentials, he could have located his medical practice anywhere in the United States. We are very fortunate he and his wonderful wife Wendy, who is from Seneca Falls, decided to come home to live, work and raise their family.
In addition to his duties as director of Lifecare, Dr. Ryan has devoted much of his life to medical education. Currently, he is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at both the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Tim is one of the charter preceptors for the nationally acclaimed SUNY Rural Medicine Education Program, and founder of the annual Lifecare conference, which has provided continuing medical education for health professionals for over two decades.
Dr. Ryan also serves as a vital part of the Western New York health care community, as the medical director for a number of local school systems, the Seneca County Department of Health, and Seneca Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility. He is also the former chairman of the Finger Lakes Regional Health System’s Department of Family Medicine, and the former president of the Seneca County Medical Society.
Tim and Wendy raised two daughters, Kate Austin and Emily Markel, and are the proud grandparents of Rowan, Reese, Conley, Hadley and Quinn.
Dr. Ryan has received numerous and very well deserved awards and accolades for his outstanding service to the community, and will be honored this week by the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce. It will be my honor that evening to personally present a special New York state resolution that was adopted as a part of the formal proceedings of the New York State Senate in recognition of Tim’s many accomplishments, dedication, commitment and service to our region.
Lifecare’s recent partnership with Finger Lakes Health will not only continue Dr. Ryan’s vision and enable Lifecare to carry on its mission to provide state-of-the-art medical care to its patients, it will now be possible for patients to receive the services of additional medical specialists right in Waterloo without the inconvenience of having to travel long distances for care.
My sincere gratitude to Dr. Timothy J. Ryan for all he has done to provide quality medical care for the people of our region. We are indeed very fortunate Tim came home to serve the region he loves. I am grateful to Tim for his foresight, dedication, community service, hard work and sacrifice, dignity, grace and good humor. I am thankful to Tim each and every day for who he is and what he does for all of us who live in the central Finger Lakes.
Mike Nozzolio, R-C-I from Fayette, represents the 54th state Senate district, which includes all of Seneca and Wayne counties plus parts of Ontario, Cayuga and Tompkins counties.
Finger Lakes Times
Seneca County Chamber pays tribute to Dr. Tim Ryan, Lifecare
David L. Shaw • Jan. 24, 2016
SENECA FALLS – Dr. Tim Ryan could have practiced medicine anywhere after graduating from medical school.
But he chose to practice in Seneca County.
“We’re lucky he came home to practice,” state Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-54 of Fayette, said at Friday night’s Seneca County Chamber of Commerce dinner. “He’s served thousands of patients since 1979. He’s a real treasure for our region.”
Ryan and Lifecare Medical Associates, which he founded, were honored as the Chamber’s Business of the Year.
A Geneva native, Ryan attended Hobart College and then Dartmouth Medical School.
He set up a practice in the old Taylor-Brown Memorial Hospital in Waterloo in 1979. When Taylor-Brown and the former Seneca Falls Hospital closed, Ryan founded Lifecare to help close the gap. He added medical services and staff and moved the practice to larger space on Thurber Drive in Waterloo. When they outgrew that, a new facility was built on Balsley Road in Seneca Falls.
A year ago, Lifecare became affiliated with Finger Lakes Health in Geneva.
Ryan received a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 300 at the Holiday Inn.
“I’m honored, but more so, I’m humbled,” Ryan said, citing past Business of the Year winners who started small and grew in Seneca County. “I’ve tried to put the patients first. My staff will tell you we have a ‘can do’ attitude. Where there is a health care need to serve, why not do it?”
He said his dedicated staff at Lifecare should be sharing the award.
“We battled Finger Lakes Health for 30 years. It was a healthy competition. Both were strong, but this affiliation will better enable patients to be served,” Ryan said.
Other awards handed out by the Chamber include:
- CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Colleen Spellecy of Waterloo was honored for her efforts as head of the Willard Cemetery Memorial Committee, which has worked for five-years to gain recognition for 5,776 former Willard Psychiatric Center patients who are buried in unmarked graves on the former hospital’s grounds.
Spellecy fought the state to publicly recognize Lawrence Mocha, who dug some 1,500 graves at Willard while a patient there before his own death in 1968 at the age of 90. Last May, a plaque bearing his name was installed at the site.
Spellecy is still working to honor and recognize other Willard patients buried in unmarked graves.
“I’m surprised and overwhelmed. I am thrilled for this award because I believe that in this recognition, the nearly 6,000 unnamed and unremembered patients buried at Willard are being remembered as well,” she said.
Chamber officials also cited Spellecy’s long teaching career and other community involvement. She is treasurer of Finger Lakes Right To Life, a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Francis-St. Clare Parish, and a board member of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum.
- RISING STAR: Rhonda Pollino of Seneca Falls was honored as a professional under age 40 who has made contributions to the community.
The executive director of Seneca County House of Concern, she is also a board member of the American Red Cross and president of Seneca Community Players.
She guided the House of Concern through a period of transition and helped the organization provide Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for hundreds of needy county residents.
“I’m flattered. Rising Star to me means being part of community life and doing something important to improve my community. It also means I have plenty of time to do more,” Pollino said.
- LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: This award went to Larry Ledgerwood, a Penn Yan native who retired from Community Bank after more than 40 years in the business.
Ledgerwood started with Farm Credit as a loan officer. He later worked for National Bank of Geneva and was its prime agricultural lending expert before moving to Community Bank.
In the late 1980s, Ledgerwood got involved in providing loans to the growing estate winery businesses, helping growers who were losing their markets with the closing of large wine and juice companies.
“I’m overwhelmed. I enjoyed working in Seneca County all these years and watching the estate wine industry develop,” Ledgerwood said. “Good things are happening in this county, and it will be exciting to see the future. There is great potential, and I’m glad to have had a part in it.”
Chamber President Jeff Shipley said 2015 was a good year, noting membership is the highest it’s been in 15 years and the Seneca County Chamber is the second largest in a six-county area.
He said the Lago Resort & Casino development in Tyre promises to push the county’s economy further ahead in terms of jobs and business growth.
Gene Pierce, the new Chamber board chairman, also sees a lot of good going on in the county.
“With Lago, Seneca County has a chance to develop a brand that will be good for years. It will be tourism-based, and I see this county being a leader in the area,” he said.