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Published on January 31, 2011

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Appoints Sheila Cawley as New Chief Development Officer

Sheila CawleyCHICAGO - – The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), designated the #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America by U.S. News & World Report since 1991, announced today that Sheila M. Cawley, 42, has joined the hospital as senior vice president, chief development officer bringing nearly 20 years of experience in all dimensions of non-profit institutional development to RIC.

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.

“Philanthropic and community support are pivotal components to RIC’s success in achieving our bold vision for the future of rehabilitation medicine, as well as for our new facility,” said Joanne C. Smith, MD, president and CEO of RIC. “Sheila’s contributions to our efforts at this early stage of planning for a new facility will lend sound philanthropic strategy as we foster both longstanding and build new donor relationships.”

Sheila previously served as vice president of institutional advancement at The Field Museum in Chicago, where she oversaw individual, foundation, corporate and government fundraising operations. Prior to The Field, Sheila led development at The Andrews School in Willoughby, Ohio, and served as a partner in three different institutional development consultancies, specializing in capital campaign strategies and plans. While fundraising is Sheila’s particular expertise, she has widespread knowledge and experience in non-profit management, including staff development and campaign, volunteer and risk management.

“I am delighted to take on this new development role at a time when philanthropic involvement will be key to supporting RIC’s vision for rehabilitation medicine,” said Cawley. “I look forward to helping shape the future of RIC’s financial health and partnering with donors to make the vision a reality.”

Sheila received a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s College in 1990 and a Master of Arts in history from DePaul University in 1997. She currently resides in Des Plaines with her husband Stephen Kahnert and two sons Emmett and Liam.

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.