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Published on July 11, 2011

U.S. Navy Medicine visits RIC

CHICAGO, IL. - The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the nation’s #1 rehabilitation hospital[i], announced that representatives from Navy Medicine had a chance to see – and hear  –  firsthand how RIC is Advancing AbilityTM for wounded warriors when they visited the flagship hospital and met Lance Corporal Ed McDonough during Chicago Navy Week June 29.

Rear Admiral Elaine Wagner, director, Navy Medical Resources Plans and Policy Division, and Dr. James Kelly, Director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Maryland, met with RIC leadership, staff, and patients and toured the facility during the visit.

Among them was McDonough, a patient at DayRehab in Homewood who was part of a new pilot program for injured members of the military. "I was really lucky to come to RIC as the care is individually based," the Marine told Navy officials.

McDonough was a gunner in a Humvee that was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) Aug 5, 2007, in Afghanistan where he lost a leg and had complications associated with traumatic brain injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  At RIC, he received a new custom limb for running and high-performance activities. His PTSD symptoms have improved through many treatments, including RIC’s innovative biofeedback strategies.

“I hope by my being here, I can smooth out any bumps and pave the way for some of my buddies to also receive care at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the future,” said McDonough. “I'm running now which is pretty cool and I am feeling much better.”

During the tour Wagner emphasized the military's commitment to caring for wounded personnel.

“Our wounded warriors deserve nothing but the best care available to help them heal physically, psychologically and emotionally,” said Wagner. “We must maintain our commitment to their long-term care as the wounded young men and women of today will still need our care for years to come.”

Dr. Joanne Smith, RIC CEO, was glad to host the visitors. “The U.S. military has the best trauma teams in the world who are saving more lives on the battlefield than ever before,” she said. “It is an honor to partner with the Defense Department to bring novel treatments to benefit our wounded Heroes and offer the greatest recovery possible.”

Chicago Navy Week is one of 21 Navy weeks across the country this year. Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they make in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence

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.


[i] U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIC the #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in the nation every year since 1991.

Image "American Flag" used on RIC.org credit Emilien Auneau.