RIC Matters 2014-07-16 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2014-07-16

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

Winston Churchill

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Big News Regarding RIC

Congratulations RIC Team!

RIC has received its 24th consecutive #1 ranking in the Best Hospitals edition of U.S. News & World Report!  You can see all the rankings here: http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/rehabilitation

We continue to make history as the first and only hospital of any kind in the world to earn this coveted designation for 24 years straight. Think back to all the ways the world has changed since 1991, when the magazine first began ranking rehabilitation hospitals and our unprecedented streak began. Twenty-four years later, we are a constant – still the relentless innovators in our field; still pushing the boundaries of what is possible to bring our patients greater hope and greater ability.  

This recognition is a public tribute to you – to the passion and dedication each of you bring to your work every day. You embrace and exemplify our mission. As we anticipate our move into our new research hospital and the opportunity to serve even more patients with the best rehabilitation care in the world, I am proud and grateful to have you on this amazing team.


Thank you and congratulations!

Joanne C. Smith MD
President & CEO,
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

RIC Shines During The Joint Commission Visit

Congratulations to all of our team members for being recognized by The Joint Commission for your outstanding work and commitment to RIC.

During their visit last week, The Joint Commission surveyors repeatedly mentioned how impressed they were with the quality of our people and their commitment to our mission.

Among their comments:

  • "Your staff is dedicated, compassionate and highly competent.”
  • “It’s refreshing to work with folks who are so engaged.”
  • “You’re giving superb patient care.”
  • “Every single patient was positive.”
  • “Your commitment is alive and well.”
  • “It has been an absolute pleasure.”
  • “You all talk to one another…you speak RIC!”
  • “Your staff is really phenomenal.”

In a communication to employees, Dr. Joanne Smith wrote that the surveyors stated we have an “accountable organization of people who believe in what we do, who know what to do, and who own responsibility to do the right thing and always in interest of patient safety and best outcome.” 

The survey by The Joint Commission is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.  Accreditation by The Joint Commission is a requirement for our participation in federal Medicare and Medicaid programs and we must be surveyed every three years.

The Commission’s final report is forthcoming, but the preliminary results indicate we passed with flying colors.

Traffic Alert - Crane Dismantling Scheduled for Saturday

Employees and visitors should be prepared for temporary traffic diversions on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. while workers dismantle a crane at the site of the old Prentice Women’s Hospital. The demolition project is in its last phase, and scheduled for completion in late July or early August.

On Saturday, the sidewalk along the south side of Superior Street will be closed to pedestrian traffic between Fairbanks Court and Lakeshore Drive. There will be flaggers re-directing pedestrians to the north side.

Superior Street is scheduled to remain open for vehicle traffic, as is the East driveway to the RIC flagship building. It is possible that workers may need access that requires temporary delays. Flaggers will manage traffic flow and assist if vehicles require entrance through the driveway.

Disability Pride Parade on Saturday

The annual Disability Pride Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in downtown Chicago.

The Disability Pride Parade is an opportunity to celebrate and strengthen the pride, power, and unity of people with disabilities, their families and allies. Everyone who believes that disability is a natural part of human diversity and supports Disability Pride is invited to be a part of the parade.

Bring your family and friends to this great event. The parade starts at the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St., at the Plymouth Court entrance. The parade ends at 50 W. Washington St. For more information on the parade and to register, visit www.disabilityprideparade.org.

Family & Friends Basic Life Training on August 6

The Prince Family Esprit! Program is pleased to offer, as part of the Mind component of the program, Family & Friends Basic Life Saving training through the American Heart Association. The Friends & Family course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult and child CPR, AED use, and relief from choking.  It is open to any RIC staff member who is interested in learning basic life saving principles. If your job requires CPR or BLS certification, this class will not meet those requirements.

The Family & Friends Basic Life Saving session will be held at the flagship in Room 1659 on Wednesday, August 6th from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30.p.m.

Registration in advance is required. Registration for Family & Friends Basic Life Saving Training is done through the Learning Management System (LMS), found on RIC Connect.

Click on the “Learning Management System” link.  Your LMS user name and password are first name.last name and welcome. Once you are logged in to the LMS main page, click on Course Catalog > CPR/Medical Emergency Classes > Family & Friends.

If you have questions regarding Family & Friends training or registration, please contact Stephanie Adams at sadams@ric.org or 312-238-6291.

RIC Insider


Last Weight Watchers Open House This Thursday

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 during the last open house at 345 East Superior on 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.

CROR to Host Brown Bag Seminar Next Week: 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!

Let’s Get Fit Class Open to All Employees

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.

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

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!

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Welcome New RIC Team Members

Adetokunboh Adebayo – Registered Nurse, Flex Staff

Rukayat Adegbenro – Patient Care Technician, Flex Staff

Esther Baah-Asante – Patient Care Technician, Flex Staff

Jason Bena – Pharmacy Student

Jennifer Bifro – Clinical Nurse Leader, Orthopedic Unit

Leonard Brinson – Contract Security Officer

Laura Cook – Patient Services Representative, Willowbrook Outpatient Administration

Sanny Djoeva – Registered Nurse, Patient Recovery Unit

Christopher Gruber – Data Scientist, Outcomes Management

Russell Hutson – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Alisia Jackson – Laboratory Technician

Amanda June – Registered Nurse, RIC Brain Injury Unit

Nicole Kritikos – Occupational Therapist, Flex Staff

Michelle Kupris – Patient Care Technician, Flex Staff

Christine Lecea – Registry – Administrative Coordinator, Flex Staff

Ariana Lee – Registered Nurse, Spinal Cord Injury Unit

Alan Lewis – Contract Security Officer

Bridget Malato – Patient Care Technician, Patient Recovery Unit

Deborah Matten-Brown – Account Representative, Patient Financial Services

Shayvon McCullum – Registry – Administrative Coordinator, Flex Staff

Catelen McLeod – Patient Care Technician, RIC Pediatric Nursing

Laura Men – Exercise Physiologist, Galvin Fitness Center

Seth Mudd – Patient and Family Psychosocial Support Specialist

Hafeez Olatunji – Patient Care Technician, Flex Staff

Seth Penaflorida – Patient Dining Assistant, Food Service

Mark Ramirez – Registered Nurse, Spinal Cord Injury Unit

Lou-Ann Raymond – Research Intern, Center for Bionic Medicine

Milapjit Sandhu – Post Doctoral Fellow, Research, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Marina Scolova – Registered Nurse, Flex Staff

Janaki Shah – Registered Nurse, Orthopedic Unit

Theresa Thomas – On-Call Help Desk Specialist

Kyla Turner – Speech and Language Pathologist, River North Day Rehab

Hilary Vanderschaaf – Registry – Rehab Aide, Flex Staff

Stephanie Walker – Patient Care Technician, Orthopedic Unit

Sarah Warnez – Registry – Patient Care Technician, Flex Staff