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RIC Matters 2014-11-12

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Adaptive Sports and Fitness Members Honored

The RIC Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program last Friday honored many of its fitness members and sports participants at the annual Sports and Fitness Banquet.

Awards were given to individuals who demonstrated significant growth in performance, commitment to excellence and contributions to the RIC Sports and Fitness Program.

Among the honorees were Dan and Cindy Howard, who received the Community Impact Award, and Gus Zografopoulous, who received the Vision Award.

If you would like to become a member of the Sports and Fitness Program or volunteer at any of our events, please contact us at 312-238-5001 or sports@ric.org.

For more photos of the event, click the arrows below.








Flu Shots Now Available

The temperatures are falling, the holidays are rapidly approaching and we have received our shipment of flu shots! 

The Joint Commission and CDC mandate that all healthcare professionals be vaccinated against seasonal influenza this fall.  In order to comply with the Joint Commission and CDC guidelines, RIC has made flu shots mandatory for all clinical staff. Clinical staff is defined as staff who work in patient care areas, including inpatient, outpatient and Day Rehab facilities. The only accepted declination for clinical staff is a written statement from a physician or religious leader stating that vaccination is contraindicated. 

Anyone who receives a 2014/2015 seasonal flu vaccination at a facility other than RIC must provide documentation to Employee Health that it has been completed.

Flu shots are free to all RIC employees, contractors and volunteers and are available in Employee Health throughout the remainder of the flu season. The Employee Occupational Health Services clinic is located in room 1616.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.  Please bring your I.D. badge.

Evening, night and weekend staff should contact the House Supervisor to schedule a mutually convenient time.

Kim Dellutri, Employee Health Nurse, will schedule flu shots for the clinic locations with the clinical managers.

Please keep in mind that it is our responsibility to help keep ourselves and our patients healthy.

So…get vaccinated against influenza and stay home if you are sick. You will recover faster if you take action at the onset of symptoms.

Cold and flu viruses can spread quickly and may drastically impact your department’s productivity and staffing.

The best and most effective way to stay healthy is to get a flu shot!

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Dellutri, Employee Health Nurse, at kdellutri@ric.org or extension 8-6296. Thank you.

RIC Nursing Staff Attend Education Conference in California

Representatives from RIC’s nursing staff recently attended the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses 40thAnnual Education Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

The conference, titled “Rehabilitation Nurses Honoring the Past, Imagineering the Future,” brought together nurses from around the country and offered an opportunity to showcase the great work we do here at RIC.

During the conference Arlene Dalisan, Nurse Manager in the General Rehabilitation Unit, participated with a poster presentation called “No Pain…Yes Gain: Taking Pain Management to Heart.”

In addition, Natalie Seewald, a nurse in the Patient Recovery Unit, shared RIC’s experience of implementing the Bedside Shift Report (BSR) and how the BSR promotes patient education and engagement within the inpatient rehabilitation setting.

Appearing in the photo from left to right: Arlene Dalisan, Joy Tierney, Natalie Seewald,
Rasa Avizienis and Ketlene Papillon.

Sprout Café Offers “Home for the Holidays” Treats

Hosting a party this holiday season? Need some dessert ideas? The Sprout Café is now offering whole pies or cookies for you to take home for the holidays.

We will be offering a variety of pies, including pumpkin, apple, pecan, as well as cookies by the dozen, including chocolate chip, M&M, peanut butter, oatmeal and double chocolate chip. Place your order today by submitting the order form to a cafeteria manager.

If you are curious about these delicious treats, join us for a free sampling on Thursday, November 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. just outside the Sprout Café on the 2nd floor. Hope to see you there!

Happy Holidays – Employee Celebrations Scheduled

The 2014 holiday season is fast approaching. Once again, RIC will host a celebration for employees on all shifts on Thursday, December 11, and on Friday, December 12.

The day shift will celebrate on Thursday with lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The evening shift will make merry at dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The night shift party will take place from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12. All parties will be held in the Heyworth Rooms on the second floor of the Flagship.

The celebrations include employees at the Flagship, Onterie, Voc Rehab and the Fitness Center.  Each of the clinics will host their own celebration with their employees.

2015 Benefits Open Enrollment Underway

RIC’s 2015 Benefits Open Enrollment period is currently underway through November 28th. This is a once-per-year opportunity to make changes to your benefits plan. If you want to continue your current medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage as it is today, no action is required.

During this time, you can:

  • Add or cancel coverage for yourself and your dependents, or switch medical/dental insurance plans by completing the 2015 Enrollment Form
  • Enroll in a Health Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for 2015
  • Apply to purchase additional voluntary life insurance or enroll for short-term disability insurance. For more information, please email benefits@ric.org or call 312-238-4138.

These changes must be submitted to HR by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 28.

If you participate in our Commuter Flexible Spending Account, please be aware that this benefit will change in spring 2015. The Commuter Flexible Spending Account (FSA) will change from a one month to a two month pre-fund process, beginning with the April 2015 payroll deduction which will fund June 2015 transit/parking passes. There will be a one month ramp up period associated with this change, meaning transit/parking orders for May 2015 will not be funded by April 2015 payroll deductions.  You can increase your monthly pre-tax contribution (not to exceed the pre-tax limits of $130.00 for Transit and $250.00 for Parking) in the months preceding the transition so you will have residual funds to cover your May passes.

  • Example: If your monthly pass costs $80.00, increase your monthly payroll deductions to $100.00 from December 2014 to March 2015. This will result in a residual Commuter FSA balance of $80.00 that can be used to fund May 2015 passes.
  • Please refer to the 2015 Commuter FSA change planning document for additional information.


Please use the following resources to assist you during Benefits Open Enrollment:

  • meeting calendar benefits open enrollment informational meetings and enrollment support sessions at RIC clinic locations and the flagship hospital
  • A 2015 benefits booklet that can be used as a quick guide for your RIC benefits
  • A 2015 enrollment form to review 2015 rates and mark any medical, dental, and vision coverage changes

For those who are unable to attend onsite meetings, we will also be conducting a webinar on Thursday, November 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Follow this link to participate: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/453175965   Then dial 630-581-0238.  The PIN is 501595.

If you have any questions about RIC’s benefits or the Open Benefits Enrollment process, please contact benefits@ric.org or Mike Manthey at 312-238-4138. Mike also will be available in room 1635 on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through November 28.

Patients Cheer on Therapists at Basketball Game

A group of patients from the ninth floor recently went out to support their therapists by cheering them on at a recent Chicago Recreation League basketball game.

RIC Recreation therapists Shanna King and Ashley Gruenwald took three patients to watch them play with the “RIC Ducks” in their semi-final game.

The patients brought an RIC sign and came prepared with a few basketball plays to help coach the team through their game at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lincoln Park. Despite a valiant effort, The Ducks lost 46-35.

The RIC Boccia Team Needs You!

RIC Sports is hosting a training event for those interested in volunteering with our boccia program on Thursday, November 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the RIC Fitness Center, 541 N. Fairbanks Ct., Mezzanine Level.

Interested individuals may volunteer with athletes one-on-one as sport assistants or assist in running courts as referees. No experience is necessary for either role, and volunteers can be from RIC or the general community. Those interested in signing up for the training event may visit the following link to complete the very short registration form:


RIC Insider


CROR to Host Brown Bag Seminars on Patient Care, Safety

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.

The center will offer a “Working with Individuals with a Disability” brown bag seminar on Thursday, November 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Magnuson Auditorium. Ginger Lane from Access Living will focus on awareness and etiquette when working with people with disabilities, and on understanding “people first” language.

If interested in attending, please contact Arielle Goldsmith at Agoldsmith@ric.org.

RIC Offers Employee Referral Premium Award of $1,000

RIC is always looking to hire great people and we believe our employees are one of the best resources to help us recruit qualified candidates. Because we value your referrals, for a limited time RIC is offering a special Employee Referral Premium Award for Occupational Therapist (OT) and Physical Therapist (PT) referrals! What does this mean? Qualifying employees will be eligible to receive a Premium Award of $1,000 for referring OTs and PTs. To qualify for this special offer, OT and PT referrals must be received by the TA team between now and November 30, 2014, and hired by January 30, 2015.

To refer a candidate:

  1. Direct the candidate to apply online (preferred method)

       a ) Candidate must identify the referring employee as the “Source” when applying online in order for employee to be eligible for an award, or

  2. Forward candidate information to Talent Acquisition, including:

       a) Submitting candidate resume (if available), and

       b) Submitting a completed Employee Referral Form (see attached referral form).

When submitting candidate information and completed employee referral form directly to Talent Acquisition, please send to:

Arturo Romo, RIC Recruitment Coordinator

Email: aromo@ric.org (preferred)

Fax: 312-238-1216

Paper: Interoffice to Human Resources – Onterie Building, 10th Floor.

Please hurry if you want to participate in this special offer! If your OT or PT referral falls outside of the qualifying period of this offer, you will still be eligible to receive the standard employee referral award of $250.

Don't forget! All RIC positions across the system of care have a designated standard referral award. Please refer to the GREEN Employee Referral Program Guidelines (attached) for questions related to who is qualified to receive an employee referral award and payout information. If you have any questions, please contact Marty Pearson, Director, Talent Acquisition at mpearson1@ric.org.

LIFE Center Shares Resources for November Health Awareness

The LIFE Center would like to share a list of resources with employees, patients and families to promote National Family Caregiver Month and National Diabetes Awareness Month.

For 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!

Superior Street Sprout Café Menu

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Kick the Habit During Great American Smokeout

If you are ready to kick your tobacco habit, the Prince Family Esprit! Program is here to help. On Thursday November 20, we are proud to promote the Great American Smokeout.

The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment you choose to quit. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.

The Prince Family Esprit! Program also provides a FREE tobacco cessation program to our employees. The program, Quit For Life, is designed to help you build new skills to think differently about tobacco through online tools, a printed workbook, and toll-free access to expert Quit Coaches®.

If you want to get a head start with the Quit for Life Tobacco Cessation Program, you can enroll in the following ways:

  • Call 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (866-784-8454)
  • Visit https://www.quitnow.net. When you log on to the site, select “Enroll Now” at the top of the page. You will be taken to an enrollment site. Select RIC (or Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) from the drop-down menu under “Select Your Employer” and then select your health plan from the drop-down menu under “Select Your Health Plan.” Enter your home zip code and press “Submit Form” to get started.

The program is free for RIC employees; however, knowing that quitting is often a collaborative effort, the program is also open to RIC employees’ dependents for $375 per person.

For more information or to register a dependent for Quit For Life, please contact Stephanie Adams at ext. 8-6291 or sadams@ric.org.