Appoints New Chief Human Resources Officer - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on May 19, 2008

RIC Appoints New Chief Human Resources Officer to Build Upon Organizational Excellence and Position RIC for Future Growth

Lois M. Huggins

Lois M. Huggins

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), ranked the nation’s “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” today announced the appointment of Lois M. Huggins to Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President to build upon organizational excellence and position RIC for future growth and development.

Lois joins RIC with almost 20 years of experience in human resource leadership, most recently as the Chief People Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources of Sara Lee Corporation, where she oversaw global human resources and was responsible for community investments and the Sara Lee Foundation.

“Lois will have a major influence on RIC’s strong future,” said Joanne C. Smith, M.D., president and CEO, RIC. “She will help us to enact our strategy to engage the best talent within a culture of excellence that delivers on our important vision to make a difference in the world."

RIC has more than 1,500 employees throughout its system of care including the Flagship hospital in Streeterville and more than 30 other sites of care. RIC’s dedication to quality rehabilitation care is part in due to the dedication and committee to excellence of its employees. There are approximately 130 employees who have worked at RIC for 20 years or more. Approximately half are clinical care providers including physicians, allied health professionals and nurses. RIC also is home to the largest rehabilitation research program in the country with more than 250 projects currently underway employing several research scientists and engineers.

“I am delighted to join RIC, a world-class institution, to help build upon its strong record of providing outstanding rehabilitation care to help enhance the quality of patients’ lives,” said Lois M. Huggins, chief human resources officer and senior vice president. “RIC is well-positioned to grow and thrive in the coming years and am thrilled to be working with such committed, talented people and to be part of this very special organization.”

Lois has served in a variety of senior executive human resources roles spanning multiple businesses and global geographic units for Sara Lee Corporation since 1987 including Divisional Vice President of Organization Development and Change Management at Coach Leatherware in New York, previously a division of Sara Lee and then Vice President of Human Resources for Sara Lee Intimate Apparel in North Carolina. She joined the corporate human resources department in 2000 assuming leadership of organization development and diversity initiatives.

Lois holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama from Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

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.