RIC Matters 2014-09-10 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2014-09-10

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Employee Wins $300 Apple Gift Card in SkyRise Chicago Drawing

Marcia Opp, Education Program Manager in the LIFE Center, is the lucky winner of a $300 Apple gift card for registering with SkyRise Chicago.

Her name was drawn from a raffle of eligible employees who registered to participate in the SkyRise Chicago fundraiser by last Friday.

There’s still time to register for SkyRise Chicago, which will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the Willis Tower. 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.

SkyRise Chicago Employee Training Starts September 22

For those of you who already have signed up or are planning to sign up, join us to train for SkyRise Chicago 2014.

Stair climb training will be on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 5: 45 p.m., beginning Monday, September 22, with a final session on Monday, October 27. Meet in the flagship hospital lobby and climb in the stairwells with your RIC colleagues and a representative from the RIC Fitness Center. It’s fun and will help you prepare.

For information about stair workouts, contact Maggie Morrissy at mmorrissy@ric.org or (312) 238-5001.

Hand cycle train with the RIC Hand Cycling Team and other athletes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the  RIC Fitness Center at 541 North Fairbanks starting Tuesday, September 23, with a final session on Thursday, October 30. Interested parties should contact Derek Daniels at ddaniels@ric.org or (312) 238-5001.

No matter which method you’re training for, all levels are welcome! There’s no need to register in advance. Join at any time, participate whenever you can.

Next Schwartz Center Rounds: “Caring for Patients with Conversion Disorder"

Please join us for the next Schwartz Center Rounds on Tuesday, September 16, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Heyworth rooms. The topic is “Caring for Patients with Conversion Disorder.”

A multidisciplinary panel from RIC’s Center for Pain Management consisting of Diane Amstutz, PhD, Hannah Nilles, PT, DPT, Ashley Ovaska, OTR/L, and Gadi Revivo, DO, will present their perspectives, followed by an audience discussion moderated by Debjani Mukherjee, PhD, of RIC’s Donnelley Ethics Program.

Schwartz Center Rounds are designed to give staff a forum to come together to explore the psychosocial and emotional aspects of caring for patients. The goal is to share experiences and thoughts on patient care with colleagues in a safe and open environment. By caring for the caregiver in this way, the hope is that we will enhance relationships with co-workers and patients.

Schwartz Center Rounds currently occur in more than 320 sites in 39 US states as well as 14 sites in the UK.   Schwartz Rounds are open to all RIC employees and trainees. Lunch will be provided, and continuing education credits are available for various disciplines.

Rehabilitation Measures Database (RMD) Getting Facelift

Over the past three years, the RMD has grown beyond expectations. Every month more than 80,000 users from around the globe access the RMD. The response has been tremendous, but it also means we’ve outgrown our current home!

During the next several months, we will be working with our developers to design a new database with many new and enhanced features. As part of this process, we are asking users to tell us how they are using the RMD and how we can make the site better.

Please take 10 minutes to make your voice heard! You can access the survey here.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to launching a new RMD in the months to come.

Family, Friends of Patients Relax, Recharge at Caregiver Resource Night

On Monday night, RIC’s Therapeutic Recreation Department facilitated a Caregiver Resource Night for family and friend caregivers of our current RIC inpatients. This event provided caregivers with an opportunity to relax, recharge and connect with other caregivers.

More than 30 people attended the event and received a free chair massage, dinner and made lavender sachets to promote restful sleep and relaxation in patient rooms. In addition, the resource table provided handouts about local amenities, personal relaxation, the RIC Fitness Center and caregiver rights. The caregivers left feeling more relaxed and recharged for the week. 

Who is a Caregiver? 

A caregiver is a person who gives help and protection to someone, such as children, elderly or someone who is sick or injured. The non-staff people who are frequently at the patient’s bedside are caregivers and the target audience for this group.

Can RIC employees come to this event?

Although we recognize that many RIC employees are caregivers, at this time this monthly event is only open to family and friend caregivers. However, we encourage employees to let families and patients know about upcoming Caregiver Resource Nights.

When is Caregiver Resource Night?

CRN will be offered on the first Monday of every month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where can I direct questions or ideas for Caregiver Resource Night?

You can call 312-238-3980 or email Lspehr@ric.org or Sking@ric.org

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Congratulations to Our Magnuson Awards Nominees!

If you haven’t had a chance already, please join us in congratulating the following employees on their nominations for Magnuson Awards.

Good luck, nominees!

The Founder’s Award Nominees for 2014

  • Nicole Adams
  • David Bennett
  • Stephany Benoy
  • Kelly Breen
  • Kate DeMarco
  • Camilo Evangelista
  • Ed Hitchcock
  • Sara Hobbs
  • Sandra Hughes
  • Matt Isherwood
  • Billy Jackson
  • Christina (Riess) Johnson
  • Amanda Myron
  • Natalie Schaefer
  • Lauren Spehr
  • Brenda Stewart
  • Adrienne Stone
  • Ellen Jo Suerth
  • Dinh To
  • Allison Todd
  • Aditi Tuell
  • Kelsey Watters
  • Elizabeth Wojciechowski
  • Trai (Rosie) Zoldan

 The RIC Management Award Nominees for 2014

  • Jason Barbas
  • Sharon Deramus
  • Elizabeth Hills
  • Debjani Mukherjee
  • Annie O’Connor
  • Glenn Paustian
  • Lisa Rosen
  • Jennifer Schmidt

Finalists will be announced next week, and the winners will be announced at the Magnuson Celebration Picnic on Saturday, September 27.

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month Events

In recognition of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, the LIFE Center will host an information booth and present two inspiring guest speakers who will share their stories about life after sustaining spinal cord injuries.

The event will take place on September 22 and begins with an information fair in the lobby of the flagship from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. in the Heyworth Rooms, there will be guided meditation with Chaplain Beth Reece and Ruth Kamen on harp. In addition, former RIC patients Mark Stephan and Jim Mullen will present their stories about life after their spinal cord injuries and take questions from the audience.

The LIFE Center has prepared a list of resources about spinal cord injury, which you can access by clicking here. 

Call for Submissions for 2015 HBB Competition – Deadline September 30

It’s time again for the annual Henry B. Betts, MD, Innovation Award Competition. 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.

For a full description of the competition rules, please click here. 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.

TB Testing Notification

Annual TB screenings for staff working at the flagship hospital and Onterie  are being 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.

TB testing is  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. 

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

John Avila – Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Resident, Academy

Heather Bell – Registry – Speech and Language Pathologist, Flex Staff

Daniel Blatz, MD – Attending Physician, Wholly Owned, Physician Practice

Jessica Bribiesca – Patient Care Technician, Stroke Unit

James Buffi – Temporary Post Doctoral Fellow, Research-Sensory Motor Performance Program

Rachel Champagne – Registry – Patient Care Technician, Nursing Flex Staff

Eva Dyer – Post Doctoral Fellow, Research – Sensory Motor Performance Program

Christopher Gramarossa – Patient Care Technician, Patient Recovery Unit

Ian Kells – Music Therapy Intern, Therapeutic Recreation

Hannah Kessler – Care Manager Intern, Inpatient Care Management & UR

Malik Merchant – Technical Applications Analyst, Information Systems

Adrien Morris – Patient Care Technician, Pediatric Nursing

Alison Ossyra – Advancement Project Manager, Advancement

Peter Phillips – Registered Nurse, Stroke Unit

Maria Reese, MD – Attending Physician, Wholly Owned, Physician Practice

Maureen Rothing – Registered Nurse, Spinal Cord Injury Unit

Brett Stithem – Patient and Family Psychosocial Support Specialist, Patient and Family Psychosocial Support

Alma Walton – Patient Care Technician, Brain Injury Unit

Nick Weil – Legal Intern, Office of General Counsel

Antonio Williams – Patient Care Technician, Pediatric Nursing

Cara Wolfe – Registered Nurse, Brain Injury Unit