RIC Matters 2014-07-09 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2014-07-09

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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams

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RIC Hosts Caring for Kids Summer Camp




RIC’s Caring for Kids recently completed its first camp of the summer. The two-week camp offered a variety of adapted activities that took place all over the Chicago area.

The youth camp allowed children with physical disabilities the opportunity to experience a variety of unique programs and create wonderful memories while working towards personal goals.

Despite Mother Nature’s lack of cooperation, these campers kept calm and got their "downward dog" on, with some relaxing yoga! But don’t be fooled. These kids knew how to raise the roof by rocking out during music therapy.

The campers also had the opportunity to ride horses at Equestrian Connection, create colorful masterpieces during art therapy and cool off with a trip to a water park. The campers also explored the community by expanding their minds at the Chicago Children’s Museum.

Whether the campers were giving RIC's very own therapy dog, Georgia, some fashion advice or playing a game of catch with Chicago Cubs player Mike Olt during Cubs Care Day, there were always laughs and smiles to be shared!

The second Caring for Kids summer camp, which is for teens, began Monday. They are already working on another round of memory making.

For more camp photos, click the arrows below! 








Save the Date for Lean Lunch-n-Learn - Visual Management

 How do we know we are headed in the right direction as an organization, as a unit, or as a department?  How do we get the information we need to make the best decisions? Come to our short Lean Lunch-n-Learn on Tuesday, July 22, to see what Visual Management can do to help you visualize your work.

Visual Management is a communication method that helps us see quickly and simply what we need to know, when we need to know it, and where we need to know it. Examples of Visual Management are all around us – from traffic signals letting us know when to stop and go, to a blinking LED light on a smart phone that lets us know we have a new message.

Visual Management helps promote transparency and accountability, illuminates issues and problems quickly, and quickly shows if a team is not meeting its goals and that they need to take action.

In the business environment, it is a habit of visually conveying information to monitor a team’s progress.  Visual Management boards are groupings of these visual cues created by a team or department and updated frequently by staff. 

Visual Management boards provide all team members a quick view on performance. They can help a team know they are collectively working on the “right” things to deliver quality care and eliminate waste and inefficiencies. The content of these boards might include key measures or new processes we are sustaining.   

Importantly, Visual Management can show how and where a team is succeeding, and provides staff the opportunity to contribute to goal setting and reporting on their own success.

We will have lots of examples (and cookies) for you to help you and your teams learn and deploy Visual Management. Bring your lunch and join us for 30 minutes on Tuesday, July 22, from 1:00-1:30 p.m. in the Magnuson Auditorium on the 16th floor.

    What: Lean Lunch-n-Learn – Visual Management

    Where: Magnuson Auditorium on the 16th floor

    When: Tuesday, July 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

- The Performance Improvement Team

Let's Get Fit!

The RIC Prince Family Esprit! Program has another special opportunity for RIC Employees. You are invited to join Laura Men from the RIC Fitness Center on Wednesday, July 23, and Friday, July 25, for a free 30-minute “Let’s Get Fit Class!” The classes are from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Heyworth rooms. This demonstration class is open to RIC employees at all fitness levels, and will get everyone active. Upon completion of the class, a healthy light lunch will be provided.  Space is limited. To reserve your spot today, email Lita Wallace at lwallace02@ric.org or call Lita at 312-238-5002.

RIC Sponsors Movie at Lake Shore Park This Sunday

Come see a movie under the stars at Lake Shore Park this Sunday, July, 13, when RIC sponsors a showing of “Monuments Men,” the World War II drama starring George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray.

 The movie, rated PG-13, tells the story of seven art historians who are drafted into the war effort and tasked with stealing stolen art back from the Nazis.

 The event, co-sponsored by the Chicago Park District, is free and open to the public. The movie will run from 8:30 p.m. to 10:22 p.m. at Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.

RIC Insider


Only One Day Left for Advance SkyRise Chicago Registration!

If you haven’t done so yet, please register for our sixth SkyRise Chicago at Willis Tower on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Tomorrow is the last day you can register for SkyRise Chicago before it opens to the general public. 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.

Lobby ATM Unavailable Tonight until Thursday afternoon during Replacement

The Chase ATM located in the lobby of the flagship building will be unavailable from 5 p.m. today 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.

Shift to ADP Payroll Processing Planned for Sunday

Planned dates relating to the implementation of the new ADP payroll system:

 •          Sunday, 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. We received this question from some employees and wanted you to know the answer:

Q: What can I edit on the ADP Self-Service portal?

A: Employees can edit:

  • EEO Ethnic Code
  • Contact Information (Personal)
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Education
  • Previous Employers
  • Language

    Employees can request changes that will go through an approval process for the following:

  • Direct Deposit
  • Employee Address
  • Veteran Status
  • License/Certifications

 All employees please note: Once you receive your first paycheck statement under the new system, you should review it carefully to confirm that your personal and pay related information is correct. If you participate in direct deposit, please check with your bank on your first July pay date to confirm funds were credited to you. If you find a discrepancy, or have a question, please send a message to RIC.ADPHelp@ric.org.

CROR to Host Brown Bag Seminar on Working with Individuals Living with a Disability: Emergency Care

Many researchers work in a clinical setting but do not have clinical training. The Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at RIC is pleased to announce a short series of brown bag seminars to address patient safety and care when participating in research studies.

RIC will offer its first Working with Individuals with a Disability brown bag seminar on Monday, July 21, from Noon to 1 p.m. in the Magnuson Auditorium on the 16th floor where Dr. Kathleen Stevens, Director of Nursing Education, will focus on identifying and managing symptoms and co-morbidities that may occur with individuals living with a disability.

If interested in attending, please contact Arielle Goldsmith at Agoldsmith@ric.org.

Hope to see you there!

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

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 three open houses at 345 East Superior.

 •          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

The deadline to submit articles and announcements for RIC Matters is Monday at noon if you want them published in the following Wednesday’s newsletter. Please remember if your articles are time sensitive to submit them as early as possible to: RICMatters@ric.org. Thanks!

Superior Street Sprout Café Menu

Please click here to access the Superior Street Sprout Café menu. Please note: Outdoor grilling has been canceled for this Thursday. We will resume outdoor grilling next week.