RIC Matters 2014-10-15 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2014-10-15

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

Winston Churchill

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Food Service Team Recognized for Contributions to Healthcare

RIC Food Service team members were recognized last week for the integral role they play in helping employees and patients stay well-nourished and healthy.

The team took part in a celebration of National Healthcare Food Service Workers Week™, created by Congress in 1985 to honor Food Service staff at healthcare facilities across the nation.

These professionals include the chefs, managers and staff who prepare and serve healthy, safe, good tasting food and provide care to our patients, residents, visitors and staff.

On October 8, the RIC Food Service team celebrated with a cupcake decorating contest, baby picture guess-who game and a fabulous meal.

“I am filled with gratitude and admiration for the role each member of this team plays in enriching the lives and nourishing the bodies of those we serve,” said Katie Hartoin, Director, Food & Nutrition Services. “Their compassion is evident in the care and concern they demonstrate for our patients and staff.”

Hartoin said of her team, “They are truly awesome. I'd like to say a special thank you to them. They deserve recognition and thanks, not just during National Healthcare Food Service Workers Week, but every day.”

RIC Employees Assist Wheelchair Racers During Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Staff from various departments throughout RIC volunteered to assist with the Wheelchair and Handcycle Division of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon last Sunday.

Volunteers met at the Chicago Hilton at 5 a.m. to assist racers to the starting line with their racing wheelchairs and everyday wheelchairs. They made sure the racers had their number bibs on and were ready to race.

Our volunteers moved the racers’ everyday wheelchairs to the finish line for participants to have readily available at the finish. 

The volunteers met the racers at the finish line and escorted them to the wheelchair division tent. The wheelchair racers included former RIC patients as well as participants from across the country and around the globe. The wheelchair division continues to grow every year as word gets out about the accessibility of the Chicago course, as well as the competitive field.

RIC Hosts Panel Discussion on Disability Employment

RIC’s Vocational Rehabilitation Department recently hosted a panel discussion on disability employment that included representatives from many Chicago area companies.

The event was part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about disability employment and celebrate the contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

The theme for the 2014 campaign is "Expect. Employ. Empower.” The panel discussion, held at RIC on October 7, was called, “We’re Coming, Are You Ready?” It was moderated by Scott Hoesman, CEO of InQUEST, a globally recognized diversity and inclusion consultancy. 

The panelists included professionals from a wide range of highly-competitive industries and roles. Each panelist also happens to have a disability (speech, hearing, mobility, vision or non-evident).

During a dynamic, facilitated discussion, the panelists shared their personal and professional insights on how recruiters, hiring managers and future colleagues can better integrate this growing segment of the labor force into their teams.

“The discussion was well received by the 60 HR representatives of the many metro Chicago area companies in attendance,” said Pam Capraro, manager of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program at RIC. “Scott brought a lot of energy to the group and it was great to see so many companies represented.”

The companies included AON, Northern Trust, KPMG, Lurie Children’s Hospital and the East Bank Club. Among those who attended the event were Marca Bristo, President and CEO of Access Living and Joe Albritton, Deputy Commissioner, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.

Capraro said her department placed 104 people in jobs during the last fiscal year, and the job retention rate was 83 percent.  “We’re on track to do even better this year” Capraro said. “We can only hope that this is a trend that continues and grows throughout the country.”

Courses on “Spiritual Well Being,” Concert, Presented During Pastoral Care Week 

In honor of Pastoral Care Week, RIC staff members are invited to participate in a series of courses and workshops on “Spiritual Well Being” from October 20-24. A special concert is scheduled for Friday, October, 24

The presentations will take place at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and offer continuing education credits.

For a full list of courses and more information, please click here.

SkyRise Chicago Team Spirit Going Strong, New Prize Announced

Are you going to let George Burbules and his SkyRise Chicago team beat your team on fundraising?

The Veterans Going Vertical team has a goal of raising $10,000 which, according to Jerry Giovannelli, one member of the team, “Seems impossible, until we reach it.” They’ve even created their own T-shirts for the event. Now that’s RIC team spirit!

How are you doing with your fundraising goals? Can you top Veteran’s Going Vertical?

There’s no time like the present to beef up your efforts. As we reported last week, employees who raise $500 or more for SkyRise Chicago by Friday will be entered into a raffle to win an autographed puck signed by Chicago Blackhawks player Brent Seabrook (#7) and a photo signed by Bryan Bickell (#29).

Another fabulous prize has been added for next week. The top 25 employee fund raisers as of Wednesday, October 25, at 5:00 p.m., will be entered in a raffle to win four coveted tickets to a Chicago Blackhawks game on Sunday, November 2, when the team takes on the Winnipeg Jets. What a great way to celebrate your SkyRise climb and your fundraising prowess!

The game begins at 8:00 p.m. and the seats are located in Section 114 Row 3 Seats 5-8. Thank you to Beth and Kevin Olson for this very generous donation.

SkyRise Chicago is almost sold out, but there’s still time to register! Remember, you can participate by climbing, hand cycling or registering as a virtual climber to raise money for RIC.

Register today at SkyRise Chicago Employee Registration.

For those of you who already have signed up or are planning to sign up, don’t forget you can join us to train for SkyRise Chicago. For information about stair workouts, contact Maggie Morrissy at mmorrissy@ric.org or (312) 238-5001. To learn about hand cycling workouts, contact Derek Daniels at ddaniels@ric.org or (312) 238-5001.

RIC Wheelchair Basketball Teams to Compete in Tournament October 25

Come out and support the RIC Wheelchair Basketball Program when its teams play in the annual “Hoops for Hope” basketball tournament on October 25.

During the daylong tournament, the RIC Hornets, RIC Skyhawks and RIC Sky teams will compete. The Sky is the RIC women’s basketball team.

The tournament will be held at The Joy of the Game basketball facility, 158 South Waukegan Road, Deerfield. For a complete schedule, please click here.

Current Emergency Contact Information Needed

All employees: please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date in the unlikely event that we need to call someone on your behalf.

Please verify the names and phone numbers of your emergency contacts. You can view and update that information through the ADP portal and going to the “Personal Profile” link.

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LIFE Center Resources for October Health Awareness

The LIFE Center would like to share a list of resources with employees, patients and families to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Health Literacy Month.

To get access to the list of resources, please click here.

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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 Family & Friends Basic Life Saving Training on November 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 Family & Friends 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 Thursday, November 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Registration in advance is required, using 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.

 Join Weight Watchers

Have you seen some of the incredible results your colleagues have been getting with Weight Watchers? And did you know that people who use Weight Watchers lose eight times more weight than those who try to lose weight on their own? Through the Weight Watchers program at RIC, your colleagues have lost a total  of nearly 3,000 pounds! In addition, eight participants have met their lifetime weight loss goal.

Through the Prince Family Esprit! Program, RIC is offering employees the opportunity to participate in Weight Watchers programs. Learn more about how you can participate in Weight Watchers through RIC at the two upcoming open houses at 345 East Superior.

• Tuesday, November 4, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in room 1654

• Tuesday, November 11, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Magnuson Auditorium, 16th Floor

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

The cost of the 17-week Weight Watchers at Work Program is $186. RIC will subsidize 50% of the cost up front for in-person meetings and convenient payroll deductions are available for the remaining amount of $93. Cash, credit card or checks are also acceptable forms of payment for the employee portion of $93 due at the Weight Watchers Open House. Payroll deduction forms will be available at both of the Weight Watchers Open Houses.

Upon successful completion of the program (80% or more weekly meeting attendance), the employee cost of $93 will be refunded to you via payroll. If you do not attend at least 80% of the weekly meetings, you will not be eligible for reimbursement of the $93. 

Reimbursement for attendance at a community site or online will be done via payroll as well. To learn more about how to be reimbursed for these options or if you have any questions about participation in the Weight Watchers program, please contact Stephanie Adams at sadams@ric.org or 312-238-6291.