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February 6, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Ryan Grube, new Board Chairman

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Ryan Grube is a physical therapist by training. He has worked at Drayer Physical Therapy Institute for 16 years. He's familiar with the business of health care generally, and outpatient therapy specifically. He is the new chairman of Schreiber's Board of Directors, succeeding Brian Hartz, whose two-year term ended in July.

Ryan Grube

Ryan knew about Schreiber's difficult financial situation coming out of the recession in 2009 and 2010. It didn't take much convincing when new Schreiber President James DeBord reached out to Ryan in 2012.
He joined Schreiber's Board of Directors the next year. And after serving as a member of the board for six years, he was named chairman this year.

"Schreiber has been a name in the community for a long time," Ryan said. "It had been in my mind: How can we help them? How can we leverage our knowledge to benefit the kids there? So when James reached out, looking at where he was going and the vision he had for the place, I was sold."

It turned out James and Ryan knew each otther, even before James was named president of Schreiber in October 2012. And Ryan was at the top of his list when it came to time to bring new board leadership to Schreiber.

"When I was coming here, I worked to recruit one board member, and that was Ryan," James said. "As much as I had experience running a nonprofit and fundraising, I didn't have the clinical knowledge. Ryan has that. He has been really valuable as a sounding board on the operation of a therapy facility."

Ryan was introduced to pediatric physical therapy as part of his studies. He has master's degrees in kinesiology and physical therapy from Penn State. He was self-aware enough to know that he probably didn't have the right emotional makeup to work with kids that have special needs.

"It takes a special individual to be able to do that," he said. "The emotional connection you feel with those kids would be very challenging for me."

He's found other ways to leverage his knowledge. He and Brian Hartz, the previous board chair and owner of Hartz Physical Therapy, used their combined experience to help Schreiber on the business side. Under their guidance, Schreiber has improved internal processes ranging from greater staff efficiency to improved billing procedures.

Ryan also played a key part of helping Schreiber adopt a new electronic medical records (EMR) system, a process that took more than two years.

James said he's helped in other ways, too.

"He and Amy (Ryan's wife) have been incredibly generous as supporters of the center," James said. "He shows up at our events. He brings people with him. He has recruited new board members. He's been great."

Ryan wants to see the board continue the momentum the leaders and staff have built over the past seven years:

  • Using EMR effectively to better track information.
  • Introducing Behavioral Health services successfully this year to better serve families.
  • Launching the capital campaign to help staff better handle the ongoing demand for services.

"The loyalty of the staff is such a big thing for me," he said. "They have stayed with this, even in some pretty challenging times. It's the staff making these kids lives better. They truly have a service mindset. It's great to see the sense of excitement about what's going on at Schreiber."

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