RIC Matters 2014-08-13 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2014-08-13

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

Winston Churchill

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Magnuson Celebration Update

As previously announced in RIC Matters, our Magnuson Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Outdoor Picnic Grounds. We are excited to welcome you and your immediate family to this event. 

Please join us for a fun, casual celebration. There will be food, music and a variety of activities and entertainment options for all ages.

We now have a website dedicated to our Magnuson Celebration, which you can access by clicking here. The site provides up to date information about the event and will keep you posted about additional details as the celebration gets closer.

Caring For Kids Teen Summer Camp Creates Special Memories

Another summer camp has flown by as the Caring for Kids teen session closed the chapter on a wonderful summer of memories. These campers didn’t miss a beat of the summer heat as they experienced some of Chicago’s finest weather during camp. Whether they were hitting it “mean on the green” during their adaptive golf outing, or braving the high waves of Lake Michigan sailing with the Judd Goldman team, these campers saw it all.

Campers got the chance to relax during a private yoga class at RIC and enriched their lives by connecting with the horses at Lake Forest’s Equestrian Connection. It really was all fun and games as these campers worked towards their social, physical and emotional goals this summer.

Even though only one day of camp was spent at Hidden Creek Water Park, if you ask any of the volunteers they’d say the whole camp went swimmingly! If you ask any of the staff they will tell you it’s plain to see that these teens really transformed in a matter of only two weeks (and we’re not just talking about their IMAX experience at “Transformers Age of Extinction”).

Making new friendships, creating new memories and loving every minute of it, the campers can’t wait to come back in the fall for more of the Caring for Kids programming!

For more camp photos, click the arrows below! 












Employees Win Bears Tickets in SkyRise Chicago Drawing

Lisa Rosen, Manager of RIC’s LIFE Center, and Sarah Zink, Board Assistant in the General Counsel’s Office, are the lucky winners of tickets to a Chicago Bears preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this Thursday at Soldier Field.

The winning names were drawn from a raffle of eligible employees who are registered to participate in SkyRise Chicago and who had raised at least $200 by last Friday. Rosen and Zink each received two tickets, which came to RIC through a generous donor.

There’s still time to register for our sixth SkyRise Chicago at Willis Tower, which will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014. We’ve waived the $60 registration fee for all RIC employees to make it even easier to start raising funds.

Not only that, it’s not too late to be eligible to win SkyRise Chicago raffle prizes. Next week we will be raffling off another fabulous prize to any employee who has raised more than $300 by Friday, August 22. Sign up now! It’s an opportunity to fundraise for RIC, and an amazing event you won’t want to miss.

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.

Don’t Miss Great Food and Entertainment at Taste of RIC

Sample some of your colleagues’ delicious cooking and get ready to be entertained when the Taste of RIC gets underway next Thursday.

Employees will be cooking up a variety of dishes including jerk chicken, bratwurst & sauerkraut, taco cornbread salad and jalapeño mac & cheese with bacon. For dessert there will be red velvet cake, a variety of cupcakes and lots more surprises.

The employee talent lineup includes Joseph Billingsley, Kevin Davis, Cory Douglas, Latrice Jones, Dr. Sangeeta Patel, Dr. David Ripley, Dr. Elliot Roth and the ROCers, Cory Smith, Karen Tillman, Debra Woods, and many others.

Don’t miss the Taste of RIC on Thursday, August 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Heyworth Rooms, second floor. The talent showcase is from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Bring your appetites and get ready to have a great time!

Some Tips on HIPAA Compliance

Since enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) began in 2003, approximately 100,000 privacy and security complaints have been filed with the federal government.

The healthcare industry is anticipating more aggressive enforcement of HIPAA and it’s the simple things that tend to get providers in trouble. Click here to find some easy and practical tips to remember when accessing or disclosing patient information.

Above all, remember to ask questions when you are unsure of whether something is permissible under HIPAA. Contact a member of the Compliance Department (312-238-1537 and/or compliance@ric.org), and/or an attorney in the Office of General Counsel (312-238-1537).

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Magnuson Awards Nomination Process Underway

We are now accepting nominations for the Magnuson Awards. Please participate by nominating your deserving co-workers for either the RIC Founder’s Award or the RIC Management Award.

The purpose of the awards is to recognize both the employee and supervisor/manager/director who strongly contribute to ensuring the highest quality of patient care, and who consistently demonstrate the RIC Values of hope, compassion, discovery, collaboration and commitment to excellence.   Nomination forms can be accessed by clicking the following links:

These forms are also available on RIC Connect. Managers, please print out paper copies of the forms for employees who do not have access to email.

All employees are encouraged to participate in the nomination process. Nomination forms for the Founder’s and Management Awards are due to Kathy Galvin in Human Resources by Friday, August 22.  Please submit nominations for the Strategic Alliance Employee Award to the Executive Director of the alliance.

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.

Superior Street Sprout Café Menu

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Welcome New RIC Team Members

Dietta Chihade – Research Student, SMPP

Lindsay Giewont – Speech and Language Pathologist, Flex Staff

Sara Goel – Attending Physiatrist, Physician Practice

Natalie Hackett – Physical Therapist, Patient Recovery Unit

Nicole Harris – Patient Care Technician, Spinal Cord Injury Unit

Cara Hoffman – Patient Care Technician, Patient Recovery Unit

Katrina Humphreys – Patient and Family Psychosocial Support Specialist

Melissa Imbrogno – Administrative Coordinator, Nursing Flex Staff

Crystal Knighten – Patient Care Technician, Spinal Cord Injury Unit

Kathy Li – Grant Accountant, Finance Administration

Nikki Loesch – Speech & Language Pathologist, Northshore DayRehab

Nicole Marthol – Respiratory Therapist

Erica Mitchell – Therapeutic Recreation Intern

Stephanie Mohr – Occupational Therapist, General Rehabilitation Unit – Allied Health/RIC Stroke Unit

Giovanni Oppizzi – Research Student, SMPP

Tommi Raij – Research Scientist, SMPP

Korak Sarkar – Attending Physiatrist, Physician Practice

Scott Schafer – Exercise Physiologist, Galvin Fitness Center

Leon Sherrell – Physician Assistant, Physician Practice

Lauren Wagner – Temporary Care Manager Extern, Inpatient Care Management

Jeffrey Wolfe – Contract Music Therapist, Therapeutic Recreation

Kimberly Wright – Retail Manager, Contractor