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Published on April 21, 2008

RIC Partners with Saint Margaret Mercy to Expand Rehabilitation Services in Northwest Indiana

RIC Partners with Saint Margaret Mercy to Expand Rehabilitation Services in Northwest IndianaHammond, IN – Saint Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers (SMMHC) and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), today announced a strategic partnership that will expand post-acute physical medicine and rehabilitation services in the Northwest Indiana and southeast Chicagoland communities to provide world-class care for a range of conditions from complex acute brain and spinal cord injury to chronic arthritis, pain and sports injuries.

RIC is world-renowned for both its clinical excellence as demonstrated by its ranking as the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991, as well as its innovative research programs in the areas of neural engineering, bionic medicine and robotics. The population of those 65 years and older in Northwest Indiana and Southeast Chicagoland is 65,000 with an expected five-year growth of more than 10 percent.  This segment of the population represents the largest number of users of rehabilitation and post-acute care services.  This new partnership designates Saint Margaret Mercy as the only healthcare facility in the area with this breadth of services, for both adult and pediatric patients, in partnership with RIC. 

“Saint Margaret Mercy is proud to align with the world-renowned Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to provide comprehensive rehabilitation care in Northwest Indiana,” said Tom Gryzbek, Saint Margaret Mercy’s President. “It is a mark of distinction for Saint Margaret Mercy to partner with a healthcare leader like RIC. The expertise that RIC brings through this partnership underscores Saint Margaret Mercy’s dedication to delivering top-notch services and making a difference in the lives of those we serve.”

Together, Saint Margaret Mercy and RIC will provide rehabilitation services in inpatient and outpatient care settings. Additionally, patients will have access to RIC’s day rehabilitation centers, which focus on providing intensive outpatient therapy to help people regain function which will extend the continuum of rehabilitation care for Saint Margaret Mercy patients.

Rehabilitation services will be provided by an accomplished team of health professionals, including physiatrists, which are physicians that specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, dietitians, recreational and developmental therapists, audiologists and rehabilitation nurses. This partnership will service more than 400 inpatients per year.

”Through this unique partnership with Saint Margaret Mercy, RIC is able to extend its mission of providing comprehensive rehabilitation care to a community with an aging population that will have an increasing need for these services,” said Joanne C. Smith, M.D., president and CEO, RIC.  “Together, our two institutions will enable citizens with conditions such as stroke, cancer and brain injury to restore function, return abilities and ultimately, enhance the quality of their lives.”

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago will manage rehabilitation services at the following locations:

  • Saint Margaret Mercy – Hammond Campus
    Inpatient acute rehabilitation, inpatient medical surgical care and outpatient rehabilitation services
    5454 Hohman Ave.
    Hammond, IN  46320
    219-932-2300 or 708-891-9305
  • Saint Margaret Mercy Rehabilitation Services – at Omni 41
    Outpatient rehabilitation services for adults and children
    221 S. Route 41
    Schererville, IN  46375
  • Saint Margaret Mercy – Dyer Campus
    Inpatient medical surgical rehabilitation and outpatient services
    24 Joliet Street
    Dyer, IN 46311
    219-865-2141 or 708-895-1650

About Saint Margaret Mercy

After 110 years of unprecedented medical care, Saint Margaret Mercy holds fast to its mission: Continuing Christ’s Ministry in Our Franciscan Tradition. Saint Margaret Mercy is one of the largest acute-care hospitals in Northwest Indiana with two campuses, located in Hammond and Dyer, Ind., offering all private inpatient rooms and the only accredited Chest Pain Center in Northwest Indiana. Saint Margaret Mercy is growing to meet the needs of the communities it serves with more than 20 off-site facilities, including a 9,000-member health club in Schererville, Ind.   Saint Margaret Mercy is a division of the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, Inc.  For more information, see For a physician referral, call 800-931-3322.

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.