Appoints New Medical Director to Lead World-Class Rehabilitation Services at -Silver Cross - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on June 02, 2010

RIC Appoints New Medical Director to Lead World-Class Rehabilitation Services at RIC-Silver Cross

Mark E. Tracy, M.D.Chicago, Ill. - The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) at Silver Cross Hospital today announced the appointment of Mark E. Tracy, M.D., to Medical Director overseeing all inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services offered throughout the hospital system.  His extensive RIC training and experience from the "#1 ranked Rehabilitation Hospital in America" according to U.S. News & World Report, allows him to lead the delivery of world-class rehabilitation services for patients in Will County and the southwest suburbs.

Tracy brings more than 10 years of physical medicine and rehabilitation practice experience to RIC-Silver Cross.  He will lead RIC-Silver Cross's acute inpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation program at Silver Cross Hospital as well as at Silver Cross outpatient therapy facilities located at the hospital and at 250 E. Maple St. in New Lenox and at 1051 Essington Rd. in Joliet.

"The appointment of an RIC-trained expert physician to lead our care with Silver Cross is a critical step as we expand services to support the changing needs of the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago," said Joanne C. Smith, MD, president and CEO of RIC. "Dr. Tracy's training and professional expertise will provide Silver Cross' growing community of aging residents - those with the greatest need for rehabilitation -- with access to the most innovative patient care available in the nation."

Tracy is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine and a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Tracy received his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, Illinois and completed his residency and internship at Northwestern University Medical School in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation which included experience at both Northwestern Memorial Hospital and RIC. He completed his medical residency training at RIC's Superior Street hospital in 2004 when he also served as Chief Resident.

As an attending physician for Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Tracy consulted at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park and Metro South Medical Center in Blue Island for the past four years. Previously, Tracy was responsible for the general rehabilitation unit at Schwab.

Prior to medical school, Tracy served as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He currently resides in New Lenox.

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation's #1 ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world and is the leader in research and development of the cutting-edge treatments and technologies in its field.  Through aggressive medical protocols, RIC guides the patient care process toward a better outcome - involving repair, regeneration and recovery of neurological and bone/joint function.

RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction with a record six federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education's National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research and rehabilitation engineering research.  RIC operates its 165-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of 30 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwestern region, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation and outpatient services.

Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991.  RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute care market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer. For more information, go to

About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last five consecutive years and as one of America's Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital's lactation services call 815-740-1234 ext. 7321 or visit