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Published on April 29, 2008

Former RIC Patient to Perform One-Woman Show

Brain-Injury Survivor and Performing Artist Jennifer Field Shares Story of Recovery

Jennifer Field

Jennifer Field

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, ranked the nation’s “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America," today announced that artist and brain injury survivor, Jennifer Field, will present a private performance of her critically acclaimed, autobiographical one-woman show, “A Distant Memory,” at RIC on Wednesday, May 7, 2008.

Hosted by Mr. and Mrs. King Harris and Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Field V, the one-night only performance follows the journey of this former RIC patient’s day-to-day fight for physical independence after suffering a traumatic brain injury at the age of 17.

"I want the show to be a message of hope to anyone faced with obstacles of any kind,” said Field.

Field was born in New York City and raised in New Hampshire. She started riding horses when she was six years old and became a nationally recognized and award-winning show jumper at age 12. Her closely watched and promising career was cut short following a near-fatal car accident at age 17 that left her with a severe brain injury. Unable to walk, talk or use her right arm, Field battled numerous physical, mental and emotional obstacles over the next decade to regain her physical independence.

Today, Field is an accomplished painter and poet and is currently enrolled as a second-year student at the Ruskin School of Acting. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a bachelor's degree in art history.

The Traumatic Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation Program  at RIC helps patients make the difficult journey toward independence and integration. The program works with brain-injured patients to improve memory, sharpen cognitive skills, increase physical strength and encourage socialization. Patients also learn how to transfer these physical, intellectual and social skills from the hospital setting to the real world by participating in community re-entry groups and group leisure activities.

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is making a difference in the world for people with disabilities.  RIC provides world-class care to patients from around the globe for a range of conditions from acute brain and spinal cord injury to chronic arthritis, pain and sports injuries.  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.