The Tree of Life - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC FAST FACTS

  • Only Hospital Ranked #1 in America by U.S. News & World Report since 1991
  • 800,000+ outpatient visits each year
  • 5,000+ inpatients treated each year, system-wide
  • 50+ sites of care throughout Illinois and Indiana
  • One of only 2% of hospitals to receive two consecutive Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Excellence.
  • 182-bed inpatient hospital in the heart of Chicago
  • Largest rehabilitation research center in the world
  • Only rehabilitation hospital with eight federally designated research centers
  • 370+ active research projects in neuroscience, bionics, robotics, and musculoskeletal medicine
  • Academic home of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is the symbol of RIC. The branches, symbolizing the eight disciplines of comprehensive total rehabilitation medicine, nourish and support the tree which is the patient.

Each individual branch represents:

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  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Nurse therapy
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Vocational counseling

Faith is the underlying strength which nourishes the tree.

This is the original meaning of the Tree of Life. Over the last 20 years, additional meaning has been added: the branches do not have all six leaves, signifying that there are areas of life in which an individual can work and achieve goals. The center of the tree is the heart of the individual; the trunk is the faith and personality. 

According to the designer, Morton Goldsholl, “The tree of life is symbolic of strength, growth and survival. From early days man used the tree to signify his belief in the continuance of life. The tree through the changing seasons adapts and grows, reminding man of the organic nature of the world.”

 

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