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RIC Milestones 1963-1972

Building Quality Care

Dr. Henry B. Betts, Former President & CEO

Dr. Henry B. Betts, Former
President & CEO, Medical
Director and Foundation

1963 Thirty-three year-old Dr. Henry B. Betts joins the staff, becomes the associate medical director the following year and the medical director in 1965. Dr. Betts trained at New York University with Dr. Howard Rusk – Dr. Magnuson's friend.

1964 Medical students from Northwestern University begin to study at RIC.

1965 RIC's 75 inpatient beds are filled.

1966 The Chicago ROTARY/One Pediatric Habilitation Center opens.

1967 Dr. Betts is appointed chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, NU. The medical school establishes a residency program in physical medicine and rehabilitation. RIC's residency program is now one of the largest and most prestigious in the nation. Dr. Ali Khalili initiates RIC's first research projects. Today RIC's research initiatives under the auspices of the Searle Rehabilitation Research Center and headed by Dr. Zev Rymer is the largest and most dynamic rehabilitation research program in the nation.

1968 The Institute is designated as the Midwest Research and Training Center in Rehabilitation Medicine by the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, one of six such centers in the country. Congressmen Sidney Yates and Robert Michel and Senators Charles Percy, Lister Hill and Edward Kennedy are key advocates who helped RIC receiving this recognition.

1969 RIC launches the continuing education program that evolves into the RIC Academy – Dixon Education & Training Center.

RIC Leaders Review Plans for the New Hospital

RIC Leaders James Heyworth, Alan H. Toppel,
Henry B. Betts and Wesley M. Dixon, Jr. Review
Plans for the New Hospital

Today the RIC Academy is one of the largest and most comprehensive providers of rehabilitation continuing education in the country. Also in this year Northwestern University President J. Roscoe Miller agrees to the relocation of RIC to 345 East Superior Street on the campus of the McGaw Medical Center; planning begins on building the new 20-story, state-of-the-art specialty hospital.

1971 The Tree of Life, designed by Morton Goldsholl, is introduced as the symbol of RIC. The branches, symbolizing the eight disciplines of comprehensive total rehabilitation medicine, nourish and support the tree which is the patient.

1972 The first sip-and-puff control system for motorized wheelchairs is created as a joint initiative of RIC and NU's Prosthetics Research Laboratory and Rehabilitation Research Program headed by Dudley S. Childress, PhD. Since that time RIC has made several other significant research discoveries, including the first self-contained myoelectric below-elbow prosthesis, the direct ultra-sound ranging system, the removable rigid dressing the Wu catheter and the world's first bionic arm.

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