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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
DuPage Convalescent Center Named in Honor of Former County Board Member Hon. Ken Moy
On Tuesday, the DuPage County Board voted to name the County’s Convalescent Center in honor of former County Board member Kenneth Moy, citing his decades of service as a barrier-breaking elected DuPage County Board member and as a member of the 18th Circuit Court.
Ken Moy became the first Asian-American elected to county government in the state of Illinois when he won a seat on the DuPage County Board in 1984. He won re-election to the Board in 1988 and 1994. During that time, he also served as a DuPage Forest Preserve Commissioner. He then served as a member of the 18th Circuit Court for 11 years from 1996 to his retirement in 2007.
On May 10, Judge Moy announced he was making a $2 million gift to the Convalescent Center, prompted by his “deep desire to help seniors and disabled adults,” related to his own experience with his wife, who is battling Alzheimer’s disease. Moy said he hoped his legacy inspires others to pursue community service. “I am grateful to the County Board and to the community for honoring me in this way. My hope is to influence others and make life in DuPage County better for all residents, especially those like my wife, who need our support as they battle difficult medical conditions.”
Chairman Dan Cronin commented, “Ken Moy’s life is an example of the impact one person can have in their community. He is determined to serve the public long after he is gone. We salute his life, his work and his community devotion.”
Jim Healy, District 5 County Board Member said in making the motion to rename the Center, “I am confident Ken Moy’s legacy will be to inspire people to become involved in our community, and his generous gift will kick-off our Capital Campaign for the Convalescent Center.” Member Healy added, “We are pleased to honor this public servant who paved the way for so many.”
DuPage County Board Member and Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Bob Larsen said, “Judge Moy’s gift will help ensure the future stability and mission of the Convalescent Center and will encourage others to invest in this mission. I can’t think of a more important community legacy.”
The DuPage Convalescent Center has been in operation since 1888, providing quality care to elderly and disabled residents. Approximately 75 percent of its residents receive Medicaid funding.
The DuPage Convalescent Center Foundation was established in 1993 to provide support and supplemental funding to improve the quality of life for Convalescent Center residents.