President Bush's Commission on Care for Amea's Returning Wounded Warriors Tours - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on June 14, 2007

President  Bush's Commission on Care for America 's Returning Wounded Warriors Tours RIC as Part of National Military Healthcare Review

Speaking to The President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors

Dr. Joanne Smith provides the Commission with
an overview of the resources and services provided
to wounded warriors by RIC

The President's Commission on Care for America 's Returning Wounded Warriors visited RIC on Friday, June 1, as part of its fact finding effort to learn about the type of continuity of care given to returning wounded and injured service members from the global war on terror.

The Commission toured RIC's clinical floors, learned about the Institute's innovative research programs and witnessed a variety of RIC specialized services as part of their visit.

In addition, they met with and observed Sgt. Eric Edmundson, an active-duty Army sergeant being treated at RIC for a brain injury sustained in Iraq. The group was able to watch him as he participated in physical and speech therapies. Lieutenant Colonel Chip Pierce, a member of the Commission staff, was so taken by the young soldier’s indomitable spirit and determination that he gave him his rank medal.

Co-Chaired by Bob Dole and Donna E. Shalala, the Commission will use information from its visit at RIC and other site visits to help create recommendations on ways to provide the best care possible to America 's wounded and injured heroes. The Commission will deliver its report to President Bush by the end of July.

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is dedicated to helping people with all levels and types of physical disabilities live a fulfilling life. U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIC the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" every year since 1991. RIC operates a flagship hospital in Chicago as well as a network of DayRehabCenters and outpatient centers located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. It also maintains strategic alliances with other healthcare providers throughout the state of Illinois and north central Indiana.

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