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RIC Milestones 1994-2004

50 Years of Transforming Medicine, Transforming Lives

50 Years of  Transforming Medicine

1995 The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) establishes its Center for the Study of Disability Ethics, dedicated to the critical analysis of moral questions in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

1996 The Helen M. Galvin Center for Health and Fitness opens, providing specialized facilities, equipment and programming to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.

1998 Political leaders from Washington and local government join with Chicago's civic leaders in attending a special dinner honoring the legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Betts.

RIC dedicates the multi-floor Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Rehabilitation Treatment Center at its 345 East Superior Flagship Hospital.

1999 The Wesley M. & Suzanne S. Dixon Education and Training Center is dedicated.

2000 Dr. Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi, a RIC senior research scientist, creates the first two-way interaction between neural tissue and a robot.

RIC opens its Arthritis Center.

2001 RIC becomes the first hospital in the nation to acquire a Lokomat, a robotic system that holds the promise of returning the ability to walk to some people with disabling conditions.

2002 RIC participates in launching the Mayor's Task Force on Employment of People with Disabilities, bringing together public- and private-sector forces to address this important quality of life issue.

Dr. Todd Kuiken and the "Bionic Arm"

Dr. Todd Kuiken and the
"Bionic Arm"

2003 For the first time in this country, through a nerve-graft procedure developed by Dr. Todd Kuiken, a patient uses brain-generated signals to control a bionic full-arm prosthesis.

A state-of-the-art information resource center for patients, families and professionals, the LIFE Center (Learning, Innovation, Family, Empowerment) opens in the lobby of RIC's Flagship Hospital.

2004 RIC Celebrates 50 years of excellence and announces the $50 million dollar Transforming Medicine – Transforming Lives Campaign to raise critical funds to support RIC's mission of excellence in research, patient care, education and advocacy programs. Learn how you can donate to support our mission.

U.S. News & World Report names RIC the nation's number one rehabilitation hospital for the 14th consecutive year.