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Published on July 21, 2015

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Earns “Best Hospital” Designation from U.S. News & World Report

Secures Top Ranking for 25 Consecutive Years for Advancing Human Ability

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CHICAGO — July 21, 2015 — The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has again been recognized as the national leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation, topping the U.S. News & World Report list for the twenty-fifth consecutive year. RIC is the only hospital of its kind to hold this distinction.

The independent news organization, which analyzes data for nearly 5,000 centers to rank the best adult and children’s hospitals, declared RIC to be the best hospital in its field, as it has every year since 1991.

“It’s an honor to earn the recognition of physicians and U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s best rehabilitation hospital, but we never take this top spot for granted,” said Joanne C. Smith, M.D., RIC’s president and CEO. “The RIC team is always in pursuit of groundbreaking research and the best patient care. By integrating these two, we achieve better outcomes more quickly for more people. We advance human ability.”

RIC’s world-class research and care have measurably improved the physical and cognitive abilities of thousands of lives. Recent examples range from artists and athletes to soldiers.

  • In the June 9, 2015, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, RIC’s Center for Bionic Medicine presented clinical applications for the world’s first thought-controlled bionic leg prosthesis that does not require nerve redirection surgery or implanted sensors. Sculptor and research participant Terry Karpowicz said, “For the first time in more than 30 years, I can experience my environment without thinking about which movement I want to make, because this leg does the thinking for me.”
  • Citing RIC’s reputation as the nation’s best, an anonymous benefactor donated a ReWalk Robotics Personal Exoskeleton device to a paralyzed veteran and RIC patient who has his sights set on the 2016 Paralympic Games. Roosevelt “R.J.” Anderson, Jr., the first person in Chicago to receive an exoskeleton system for personal use, said, “Thanks to RIC and ReWalk, I’m ready to take the next step toward independence.”
  • His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Màxima of the Netherlands visited RIC in June to affirm the partnership of Dutch medical innovators with the national leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The Netherlands’ Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports Edith Schippers said, “Our partnership with RIC is a major step in developing the knowledge of physical medicine and rehabilitation for patients around the world.”

RIC continues to set new standards for the field. The Ability Institute of RIC, RIC’s new, state-of-the-art research hospital, will revolutionize physical medicine and rehabilitation when it opens in early 2017. The $550 million, 1.2-million-square-foot facility will place scientists, engineers and device developers in the same space as patients and clinicians. This dynamic, integrated “translational” model of care will enable research breakthroughs to advance the ability of patients even more quickly.

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s leading provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world. Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the “No. 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 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