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RIC Matters 2014-07-02

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"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.”

Winston Churchill

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Pediatric Patients Bring Lemonade, Smiles to Construction Workers

A group of 5th floor pediatric patients on Tuesday served more than 200 cups of lemonade to Power Construction workers building The Ability Institute of RIC as a way to say thanks for all of their hard work.

The patients began planning the event weeks ago. Bella Rodrigues, 7, worked with Lauren Spehr, RIC’s Certified Child Life Specialist, to create a summer “bucket list” for her stay at RIC. Having a lemonade stand was on the top of her list so they quickly got to work with other patients.

Together they painted signs and found recipes for homemade lemonade on the Internet. On Tuesday morning, Bella and Makary Sekulich, 5, squeezed a pitcher of fresh lemonade in occupational therapy, changed into their new RIC T-shirts and set up shop on Erie Street right across from the construction zone. They made additional coolers of lemonade from mix to accomodate all the thirsty workers.

During the hour-long event, another 10 pediatric patients came outside to hand out cups of lemonade. Signs hung from the fence and from the 5th Floor RIC windows that read “THANKS POWER” to remind the construction workers how grateful we are for the time and energy they are putting into the new hospital.

Many of the construction workers commented that they had never had anything like this happen to them at work. They were touched and appreciative of all the efforts of these thoughtful kids!

Power Construction workers had their own surprise for the kids too – they provided hard hats, safety goggles, pencils and stickers to the patients to thank them for the lemonade stand. The kids loved putting on the hats and adding stickers to their new hard hats so they could look like “real” construction people too! The 5th floor patients look forward to interacting with Power Construction again in the future!

Get Ready for Taste of RIC Potluck and Talent Showcase!

Join us to showcase the cultural diversity of RIC by bringing a sampling dish of your favorite specialty food to share with RIC employees. We will also feature a TALENT SHOWCASE! Do you have a hidden talent? Can you sing, dance or play an instrument? Show us what you can do!

We need employees to commit in advance to get this event off the ground. Volunteers will be needed for both the potluck and talent portion of the event.  Please email Rochelle Phipps (rphipps@ric.org) or Debra Carter (dcarter1@ric.org) by Thursday, July 31, 2014 if you are interested in participating.  Thank you!

What: Taste of RIC

When: Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.                

Where: 345 E. Superior St., Heyworth Rooms – 2nd Floor

Wheelchair Cubs Tournament a Big Hit

The RIC Cubs hosted another great tournament this past weekend at California Park on Chicago’s North Side. The Junior Wheelchair Cubs Team split a series of two games on Friday afternoon against the LWSRA Hawks, winning the first game and losing the second.

All of the kids had a great time and everyone had a chance to bat and play the field. The junior team will have another chance to play games in Chicago on August 7-9 as RIC and the Chicago Park District partner up to host the Junior Wheelchair Softball National Championships at Northeastern Illinois University.

The Adult Wheelchair Cubs fared a little better, finishing 5-1 for the weekend. They finished Sunday with an 8-5 victory over Nebraska, avenging their only loss of the weekend to Nebraska on Saturday night. The Cubs played great as new players developed game skills and experience, and the veteran team players shined while helping new teammates get acclimated to the game. The Cubs will roll into Lincoln Way in suburban Frankfort on July 27 and 28 for their next tournament where they hope to continue their winning ways. 

One lucky RIC employee who attended the weekend’s activities was chosen from a random drawing for four Chicago Cubs tickets. The winner is Lita Wallace, Sports and Fitness Administrative Coordinator. Congrats Lita!

What a great weekend and a great tournament. Go Cubs go!

RIC Athlete Strikes Gold in Paralympics Championships

RIC Sports and Fitness Center member Tom Huene exceeded all expectations at the recent USA Paralympics Track & Field National Championships. Tom was in San Francisco from June 20-22 where he competed in the shot-put, discus, and javelin, bringing home the gold medal in all three events.

Tom was a patient on RIC’s spinal cord injury recovery floor in January of 2011 and has been a regular member of the RIC Fitness Center since April of 2012.

“Since my first day as a member, I've always considered the entire membership group of the Fitness Center as my new teammates,” Tom said. “Their encouraging attitudes are what continue to fuel my spirit.”

Tom attributes his recovery and success to the RIC 12th floor outpatient therapy, Dr. George Hornby’s Research Team, and the RIC Sports and Fitness Center staff. Exercise physiologist Maggie Morrissy has been his lead trainer and coach since joining the fitness center, with additional help from Aleks Gebska, Eric Johnson, Raquel Gonzales, and many interns and volunteers. His wife Christine, sons Matthew, Jason, Christopher, and Michael, parents, siblings, and friends were also with him every step of the way.

Lobby ATM Temporarily Unavailable During Replacement

The Chase ATM located in the lobby of the flagship building will be unavailable from 5 p.m. July 9 until 1 p.m. July 10 while it is being replaced with a new machine from Chase. Please plan ahead if you need to use ATM services. We apologize for any inconvenience.

First Farmer’s Market of the Summer

RIC had its first farmer’s market of the summer last week, attracting employees, patients and visitors to tables filled with fresh produce on the north side of the flagship building.

Be on the lookout for more farmer’s markets at RIC in the coming months. You’ll like the selection, and it’s fast, fresh and the prices are right.

RIC PTs Become Certified Specialists

Congratulations are in order! The following RIC PTs achieved board certification in neurology (NCS) or orthopaedics (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties:


Kyle Bisping (Wheeling DayRehab) Katie Kestner (10th floor, IP)

Brittany Kusch (Northbrook DayRehab)

Abi Leddy (8th floor, IP)

Elyse Mrowka (10th floor, IP)

Holly Paczan (8th floor, IP)

Heather Scholten (8th floor, IP)

Samantha Starsick (RIC at Advocate Illinois Masonic)

Jane Woodward (8th floor, IP)


Megan Rao (SSRC)

Liz Terhorst (SSRC)

This milestone in their professional development will be recognized at a ceremony at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, in February 2015. 

RIC Insider


 Reserve Your Spot Now for SkyRise Chicago            

If you haven’t done so yet, please don’t forget to register for our sixth SkyRise Chicago at Willis Tower on Sunday, November 2, 2014. As an RIC employee, we’re giving you special advance access to register for SkyRise Chicago before it opens to the general public on July 10. SkyRise Chicago sold out last year and we anticipate that it will sell out again this year. Knowing how important you are to this event, we want to make sure you have the opportunity to reserve your spot. And once again, we’ve waived the $60 registration fee for all RIC employees to make it even easier to start raising funds.

To register today, click here. Once you’ve entered the site, select “Individual Participant,” “Join a Team,” or “Start a Team,” depending on how you plan to participate.


Key Dates for Shifting to ADP Payroll Processing

The following are planned dates relating to the implementation of the new ADP payroll system:

•          July 13 – ADP go-live (for pay period ending July 26);

           - Hourly employees will begin using new e-Time clocks

           - Salaried employees will sign into e-Time

•          July 28 – first ADP time card signoff (note earlier time of 10 a.m.);

•          July 31 – first ADP issued pay remittance/check

Action Required:

If you have not done so already as a part of Open Enrollment last fall, all employees must register on-line with ADP.  Instructions for registering are available on RIC Connect, listed under the Career Connection column, labeled “ADP Self Service Portal Registration Instructions.”  Please note the registration passcode is: RICAbility-adp.

In addition, you can access a list of frequently asked questions at RIC Connect and on the ADP Self Service Portal.


Deadline for Online Catering Orders

The RIC Food Service Team would like to offer a friendly reminder about using our online ordering system for catered events. Please remember that we request at least 48-hours of lead time for all catering orders.

The new “myecatering,” online ordering has been well received, and we’re delighted and grateful to those of you who have used it.  Thank you for your positive feedback and for embracing this new system.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Harrison (8-6077) or Katie Hartoin (8-2741).


Want Weight Loss Results? Learn About Weight Watchers at Open Houses

Through the Prince Family Esprit! Program, RIC is offering employees the opportunity to participate in Weight Watchers programs. Learn more about Weight Watchers at Work at the four open houses at 345 East Superior.

•          Tuesday, July 8, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in Magnuson

•          Thursday, July 10, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Heyworth East

•          Tuesday, July 15, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in room 1654

•          Thursday, July 17, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Magnuson

Remember, there are three ways to participate:

•          Employees can attend Weight Watchers meetings at the flagship hospital

•          Employees can attend Weight Watchers meetings at a local community Weight Watchers location

•          Employees can participate in Weight Watchers online

If you have any questions about participation in the Weight Watchers program, please contact Stephanie Adams at sadams@ric.org or 312-238-6291.

RIC Matters Submission Deadline

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Welcome New RIC Team Members

Hugo Fernandes – Post Doctoral Fellow, Research, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Karl Guo – Medical Student, Research, Center for Bionic Medicine

Julie Hamby – Physical Therapist, RIC Flex Staff, Allied Health

Natascha Mangan – Orthotist Resident, Prosthetics and Orthotics

Megan McDuffee – Orthotist Resident, Prosthetics and Orthotics

Ghulam Rasool – Post Doctoral Fellow, Research, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Sierra Ross – On-Call Food Service Worker, Food Service

Kyle Siranovic – Intern, Internal Audit

Joseph Socarras – Research Student, Center for Bionic Medicine

Michael Socie – Prosthetist Resident, Prosthetics and Orthotics

Sarah Sullivan – Individual Giving Officer, Advancement

Frank Ursetta – Research Engineer II, Center for Bionic Medicine

Kris Wong – On-Call Food Service Worker, Food Service

Cornell Young – Research Student, Center for Bionic Medicine