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Published on January 31, 2011

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Appoints Two New Members to the Board of Directors

Organization That Pioneers Advancing Human AbilityTM Brings On Two Pioneers of Their Own

CHICAGO - The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), designated the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" by U.S. News & World Report since 1991, has appointed Linda Wolf, former CEO of Leo Burnett Worldwide, and Mark Stephan, local business leader and former RIC patient and donor, to its Board of Directors. As directors, they will lend their strategic acumen, insight and leadership to support RIC’s successful results and vision to advance patient ability through science and research.

RIC currently is in the conceptual planning phase to develop a new research hospital on land it acquired in December of 2009 at 635 McClurg Court in Downtown Chicago.

“Linda Wolf and Mark Stephan join RIC at a significant time – a time in which we are pioneering a bold vision for the future of rehabilitation medicine with real potential for international impact,” said Joanne C. Smith, MD, president and CEO of RIC. “Their expertise will inform RIC’s brand, as well as its unique delivery model, which integrates research and patient care at the patient bedside in a way not currently practiced anywhere in the world.”

Linda Wolf has been a pioneer in the marketing and advertising fields for more than three decades. She brings a wealth of expertise that will contribute to the hospital’s long-term market position and brand expansion. Prior to 2005, Wolf was the Chairman and CEO of Leo Burnett Worldwide, with responsibilities extending to more than 80 countries. Currently, Wolf is a Director of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., InnerWorkings, Inc. and MediaBank, and serves of the Board of Trustees of Janus Funds, Children's Memorial Hospital, The Field Museum and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

“It is a great privilege to be appointed to the RIC Board of Directors, particularly during this momentous time for the hospital,” Wolf said. “RIC is the worldwide leader in rehabilitation medicine, and continues to reinvent itself and its field through its excellent clinical care and research innovations. I am enthusiastic to lend my expertise to expand the impact of this renowned organization.”

Mark Stephan is already a dedicated member of the RIC community and embodies the hospital’s vision of advancing human abilityTM. Since undergoing extensive rehabilitation treatment following a severe spinal cord injury after a cycling accident in 2007, Mr. Stephan has dedicated significant time and effort to RIC, participating in a number of research studies in conjunction with his clinical care, as well as serving as a participant in RIC’s annual urban stair climb up the Willis Tower, a fundraising event called SkyRise Chicago. He also has served as a member of RIC’s Foundation Board. Formerly, Mr. Stephan was the Managing Director at the private wealth management firm Thomas Weisel Partners.

“The people of RIC and I share a passion and determination to achieve the same thing – ability,” Stephan said.  “Every day, I experience the impact and see the potential of RIC’s patient care and research first hand. I am thrilled to continue my involvement with this unique institution that strives tirelessly, as I do through my participation in research, to advance rehabilitation medicine for generations to come.”

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 most cutting-edge treatments and technology in its field. Through aggressive medical protocols, RIC guides the patient care process toward a better patient outcome – involving repair, regeneration and recovery of brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal 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 Educations’ 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, founded in 1954, has been designated the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991 and attributes its leading standard of care in part to its innovative research and discovery, particularly in the areas of bionic medicine, robotics, neural regeneration, pain care and better outcomes. RIC operates its 165-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of 30 sites of care located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs that provide additional inpatient care, day rehabilitation and outpatient services. RIC also maintains strategic alliances with leading healthcare providers throughout the state of Illinois and Indiana.