Nurses Highlighted For Their Role Caring For Injured U.S. Service Men and Women by Nursing Spectrum - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on August 13, 2007

RIC Nurses Highlighted For Their Role Caring For Injured U.S. Service Men and Women by Nursing Spectrum

Sgt. Eric Edmundson with His Nurse
Qualandres "Q" Hamilton, RN

Several RIC nursing employees were featured in a story highlighting the comprehensive, quality rehabilitation care RIC is delivering to injured U.S. service men and women in the Aug. 13 issue of Nursing Spectrum magazine.

The cover story features interviews from Laura Ferrio, RN, MSN, MBA, CRRN, RIC vice president of patient care services and Chief Nurse Executive, as well as tenth floor nursing manager Ann Bines, RN and staff nurse Qualandres “Q” Hamilton, RN. In the article, these RIC nurses reflect on how they administer day-to-day care for America ’s fallen heroes with brain injuries and why RIC is equipped to deliver world-class care.

The article includes an interview from Ed Edmundson, father to U.S. Army Sgt. Eric Edmundson, who received care at RIC after he sustained a brain injury in Iraq. Sgt. Edmundson received six months of acute inpatient rehabilitation at RIC. Ed comments that, “RIC was the perfect place for his son.”

Sgt. Edmundson came to RIC unable to talk, walk or eat, and upon his discharge, he was able to eat, walk and communicate through an assistive technology device called a DynaVox.

Laura Ferrio also describes RIC’s historic legacy to the VA health system through its founder, Paul B. Magnuson, MD, who was once medical director for the VA health care system and then brought his passion for helping people with disabilities to Chicago when he founded RIC in 1954.

In addition, Felise Zollman, MD, medical director of the RIC brain injury medicine and rehabilitation program, was featured in a sidebar article for the TBI screening tool that RIC developed which will be adopted as a required screening tool for reservists and National Guard members for the state of Illinois to assess whether these veterans may have mild brain injury that has gone undiagnosed, or signs for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Follow this link to read the full article.

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