On January 1, 2022, Diane McKeever retired from her role as senior vice president of philanthropy and chief development officer of Rush University Medical Center. She shared the following message with the members of Rush University Medical Center’s Anchor Cross Society:
Dear Anchor Cross Society members,
As I reflect on my 38-year tenure at RUSH, my heart fills with pride and gratitude. I have been privileged to work for such an amazing institution and with so many wonderful people like you who believe in our mission. You are an integral part of our institution, and your steadfast generosity has been inspiring.
Your giving has helped us reach remarkable heights in patient care, education and research, and has day-to-day impact on people’s lives. It makes me so proud to see RUSH’s honors and progress:
- 2021 marked the eighth consecutive time RUSH has been ranked in the top five for quality of care by Vizient and the second time on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.
- Between 2010 and 2020, Rush University’s enrollment increased by over 66% to a record high of more than 3,300 students.
- RUSH received more than $145 million in external research awards in fiscal year 2021.
- RUSH is recognized as a national leader in the fight against COVID-19 and the distribution of the vaccine.
It is an exciting time at RUSH, and I am confident that your support will continue to change — and save — lives, while transforming health care. I remain a proud Anchor Cross member myself, and I hope to see you at our Anchor Cross Society Annual Dinner on June 22. In the meantime, I extend my deepest appreciation to you for your dedication to RUSH.
Diane M. McKeever