RIC Matters 2014-08-27 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2014-08-27

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

Winston Churchill

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Rockin' Good Time at Taste of RIC

Employees pack Heyworth Rooms for an afternoon of food and music

RIC employees showcased their culinary skills as well as their creative and musical talents during a rockin’ Taste of RIC last week.

Those who attended the packed event in the Heyworth Rooms on Thursday enjoyed a sumptuous tasting buffet with a variety of dishes prepared by their colleagues.

Among the foods were vegetarian lasagna, chicken wings, taco salad, spinach and cheese filled pastries, jalapeño mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon, cookies, cupcakes and other treats.

During lunch, employees enjoyed a fun-filled talent show that included performances by RIC’s very own:

• Debra Woods – poetry
• Christine Gin – karaoke
• Cory Smith – vocalist
• Dr. David Ripley – keyboards/vocalist
• Dr. Elliot Roth, Dr. Ripley & The Shades – music/vocals.

The members of The Shades included: Karen Tillman, Theresa Ramirez, Deborah Carter, Candice Land, Brenda Stewart, Orlando Rivera and Kevin Davis.

Employees also got a chance to try out some dance moves and twirl around with Hula-Hoopsduring the event.

Drs. Roth and Ripley and The Shades closed out the talent show with a soulful rendition of “Feelin’ Alright.”




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Announcing the 2015 HBB Competition: "Ability Institute - After Hours"

It’s time again for the annual Henry B. Betts, MD, Innovation Award Competition. Similar to last year, we are changing the format to create a special challenge with a focus on our new Ability Institute. The challenge this year is to create a unique “after hours” space for patients and families. All employees are invited to submit ideas.

Our new research hospital will have large, active, wonderful spaces for patients, research subjects, visitors and staff to use throughout the day. In the evening, the activity within the building will slow down as patients rest and visitors depart. As we finalize the design of our new building, we want to design unique spaces that engage patients and families “after hours.”

This year’s HBB Challenge is to design a functional space in The Ability Institute that will be converted for a unique purpose after business hours. The space should be designed to hold regularly scheduled, programmed activities to occur after typical treatment hours. All ideas should be new programs or activities. Currently scheduled evening and weekend activities will be planned in the new hospital – we’re looking for new, innovative ideas that will benefit from, and add to our new environment. 

Ideas should include the following elements:

      • Identify the specific space from the list below and describe how the space can be safely converted to “after hours” use.
      • Describe the activity, including the frequency and participants.
      • What physical elements need to be included in the space to create a unique experience?

All ideas should describe how the space and activity embodies the spirit of HBB Innovation and supports RIC’s Vision to advance Human Ability.  

Available Spaces:

    • Two-story Ability Lab tm (There are three planned.  Two additional Ability Labs tm are one-story)
    • Hub Room (similar to today’s multi-purpose room; one per inpatient floor)
    • Auditorium (10th Floor)
    • Sky Lobby (10th Floor)
    • Garden area (three gardens on 10th Floor)
    • Cafeteria (12th Floor)
    • Outpatient Therapy Gyms (15th Floor)         

Submissions and Timing:

Ideas should be submitted to Liana Davila (ldavila@ric.org) or to your manager. Submission forms can be found on RIC Connect.  Ideas will be accepted through September 30.

Questions about available spaces listed above can be directed to your manager, department Vice President, Laura Ferrio or Barry Fleischer. 

After all ideas are submitted, finalists will be selected to more fully develop their ideas and present in the final competition for the 2015 HBB Award. 

TB Testing Notification

Annual TB screenings for staff working at the flagship hospital and Onterie will be conducted throughout September. The Joint Commission, CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health require annual TB screenings for all RIC staff, contractors and volunteers.  Screenings consist of either the TB skin test or completion of a questionnaire when the skin test is contraindicated.

Beginning September 2nd, TB testing will be available in the Employee Occupational Health Services clinic, located in room 1616.

Testing Hours: Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays Thursdays (readings only) and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..No appointment is necessary.

More information will follow regarding evening, night, and weekend staff testing and a floor/unit testing schedule. 

Next Lean Lunch–n-Learn Looks at "Continuous Flow"

Learn Looks at “Continuous Flow”

What is flow? Flow is continuous movement. It is the movement of what is needed, when it’s needed and where it’s needed in the right amount.

Please join us on September 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Magnuson Auditorium on the 16th floor to learn more about flow at the next Lunch-n-Learn.

In healthcare we are concerned with the flow of: 

  • Patients (our customers)
  • Staff – their movement and communication
  • Information –schedules, e-mails or patient records
  • Equipment – wheelchairs, beds, thermometers
  • Supplies –patient supplies, office supplies
  • Medication

Problem solving using other Lean tools and principles, as well as Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) help when assessing and clearing the barriers to flow. These flows are interdependent, and a disruption in one flow will create a barrier for another.

Flow should be predictable, organized and facilitated; it is an efficient use of time and space in order to provide quality care and service. Continuous flow benefits patients, families and the healthcare team through standard work around best practices. This may require the redesign of processes, eliminating non-value added activity such as waiting for clinical care or information.

The path for continuous flow should be simple and direct. Patient and employee safety is the first consideration when designing for flow. Other considerations for implementing flow include arranging flow in the right sequence, in a physical space which reduces movement and has equipment which is the right size, connecting processes to eliminate stop and go activity and meeting our customers’ needs at the rate they require them.

Bring your lunch and join us!   

What: Lean Lunch-n-Learn – Continuous Flow.

Where: Magnuson Auditorium on the 16th floor.

When: Thursday, September 11th from 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Prentice Demolition: Important Update

From: George Burbules, Executive Director, Materials and Logistics Management

At this stage of the Prentice demolition, we have been informed that there will be significantly increased truck traffic as rubble is hauled away during the next two weeks. We ask for your heightened awareness as you come and go from the area, and during patient therapy walks west of the flagship. Please notify any visitors you may be expecting as well. While flag people will continue to be in place on and around the site, we ask that you stay alert since dump trucks and city street sweepers will be present and on the move more often.

Performance Management System Training 2014 - Fall Appraisal Cycle

There will be one more performance management system training session for employees who do not manage others and do not complete performance appraisals. The session will be held on September 4 in the Magnuson Auditorium (16th Floor) from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Registration in advance is required.  Please contact Mary Devine-Gaughan at mdevine-ga@ric.org or ext. 8-6290 to register. If no one is registered for the session, it will be canceled.

For those who are unable to attend the training session, there is a pre-recorded webinar available on RIC Connect. The webinar is located on the Career Connection Section of RIC Connect under the “Performance Management Training” link.

For employees who manage others and complete performance appraisals,, please contact Deborah Crown  at dcrown@ric.org or 8-2210 for performance management system training.

Training for writing performance appraisals and goals is located on RIC Connect: 

Click on the “Learning Management System” (LMS) link.  Once you are logged into the LMS main page, click on Course Catalog > Online Trainings > Performance Management Training. The two self-paced courses offered for all RIC employees include:

  • Writing and Delivering an Effective Performance Appraisal
  • Goal Setting Performance Management

If you have questions regarding the performance appraisal process:

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Safety Reminder

As always, we ask you to be aware of your surroundings due to recent reports of incidents in the Streeterville area. Please take particular care to stay alert as you travel to and from the area especially at night.  

Register for SkyRise Chicago, Win a $300 Apple Gift Card!

Any employee who has registered for SkyRise Chicago by Friday, September 5, will be eligible to win a $300 Apple Gift Card!

Hurry up and register today because spaces are filling up quickly!

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

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.

Magnuson Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to Friday

The due date to nominate your deserving co-workers for the annual Magnuson Awards is this Friday, August 29. All employees are encouraged to participate in the nomination process.

Nomination forms for the RIC Founder’s and Management Awards are due to Kathy Galvin in Human Resources, and nomination forms for the Strategic Alliance Employee Excellence Award should be submitted to the Alliance Executive Director.

Nomination forms can be accessed by clicking the following links:

RIC Management Award

RIC Founder’s Award

Strategic Alliance Employee Excellence Award

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.

Magnuson Celebration Invitations Coming Soon

Our Magnuson Celebration is just around the corner…so be on the look out for your invite.

This year, your invitation will be sent via E-vite or hand delivered to you by your manager.   

We are excited to share this event with you and your immediate family, including your spouse or significant other and your children, as we celebrate Magnuson and Service Anniversary Award recipients on Saturday, September 27.

Please RSVP electronically via the evite or call the Magnuson voicemail box at extension 8-6295 by September 8. We will need your name and the name(s) of your immediate family member guests.

For more details, access our Magnuson Celebration website by clicking here. The site provides information about the event and will keep you posted about additional details as the celebration gets closer.

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

Heidi Aschbacher – Temporary Administrative Coordinator, SkyRise Chicago

Kenyatta Bedford – Registered Respiratory Therapist

China Cook – Call Center Representative

Amy Coppa – Care Manager, Inpatient Care Management & Utilization Review

Jorge De Anda – Language Interpreter (Spanish)

Radhika Mehta – Pharmacy Student

Dong-Mei Jin – Visiting Scholar, Research, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Yunju Lee – Post Doctoral Fellow, Research – Sensory Motor Performance Program

Kelly Munger – Vocational Rehabilitation Intern

Arie Myers – On-Call Cook, Food Service

Karla Nelson – Fitness Intern, Fitness Center

Kathleen Palahniuk – Music Therapy Intern, Therapeutic Recreation

Kaitlyn Pasquinelli – Physical Therapist, Flex Staff

Dongyue Ren – Visiting Scholar, Research – Sensory Motor Performance Program

Bahar Sharafi – Post Doctoral Fellow, Research – Sensory Motor Performance Program

Min Shen – Visiting Scholar, Research – Sensory Motor Performance Program

Ed Stanton – Registered Respiratory Therapist

Shannon Strong – On-Call Caterer, Food Service

Oksana Vakaliuk – Language Interpreter (Russian)

James Veeneman – Director, Strategic Advancement

Xiaoling Wang – Visiting Scholar, Research – Sensory Motor Performance Program

Kara Weiss – Registry – Rehab Aide, Flex Staff

Avia Wilkins – Patient Dining Assistant, Food Service

Jade Williams – Legal Intern, Office of General Counsel

Lanika Yarbrough – Financial Clearance Coordinator, Prosthetics and Orthotics