RIC Matters 2014-11-26 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2014-11-26

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

Winston Churchill

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RIC Blackhawks Win Championship at NHL Hockey Sled Classic

After battling some of the nation’s fiercest teams, the RIC Blackhawks took first place in the Championship Division of the 2014 USA Hockey Sled Classic, recently held in Washington, D.C.

Traveling with a short roster and facing tough competition, the Hawks dropped their first game in an overtime shoot-out with the Florida Panthers. 

But the Hawks bounced back with big victories over the Colorado Avalanche and the Washington Capitals. The Hawks collected three points per win and one point for the overtime loss, giving them seven points and the top seed going into the playoffs, which was a rematch against the Capitals.

The Hawks took control quickly, beating the Capitals 8-4. The Hawks made their way into the finals with the number one-seeded Colorado Avalanche on Sunday for the title. The Hawks were behind 1-0 after one period, and then 2-0 after two periods.

In the third period, the Hawks came out storming from the puck drop. They went on to score the final three goals of the game, led by the hard hitting and goal scoring of Paralympians Kevin McKee and Brody Roybal, and Women’s National team player Erica Mitchell.

The Blackhawks captured the crown thanks to an all around great team effort. The RIC Blackhawks have found their rhythm and hope to keep the momentum heading into the latter half of the season.

The Hawks travel to St. Louis January 9-11, San Antonio February 6-8 and then host the Wirtz Cup March 6-8 at the Triphahn Ice arena in Hoffman Estates.

For more information on sled hockey, please contact Derek Daniels, (312) 238-5008.

LIFE Center Peer Mentor Charles Robinson Remembered Fondly

Long-time LIFE Center Peer Mentor Charles Robinson recently died at his home on Chicago’s South Side. Widely known as the ever-jovial peer who visited stroke survivors on Wednesdays, Charles shared his gifts of encouragement and love with hundreds of people.

“His continued dedication to RIC and the LIFE Center was remarkable and made a significant difference in the lives of our patients, families, and staff,” said Lisa Rosen, Manager of the LIFE Center. “We will never forget the instrumental role that he played in showing others that having a disability does not impede a person’s dreams or ability to participate in life.”

Charles was very “faithful in his mission of bringing hope and good conversation and a few wonderful laughs to patients and staff every week,” said Marcia Opp, Education Programmer at the LIFE Center. “Charles brightened up the Wednesday noon hour at RIC with his charm, laughter, and passion to his work as a peer volunteer. His presence truly made a difference in the lives of the patients he spoke to,” said Jamee Heelan, also an Education Programmer at the LIFE Center. 

The LIFE Center staff, his RIC family, and Charles’s many friends are mourning his passing. Funeral arrangements were handled by Doty Nash Funeral Home.  


RIC Hornets to Scrimmage During Conference Match at Northwestern

The RIC Hornets, RIC’s Adapted Wheelchair Basketball Team, will scrimmage at halftime at the ACC-Big Ten Challenge next week when Northwestern University takes on Georgia Tech. RIC staff are eligible for discounted tickets for only $15 each.

The ACC–Big Ten Challenge is an in-season NCAA men's college basketball series that matches up teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Big Ten Conference. Each game is hosted by one of the participating schools, with teams typically alternating home and away status in each successive year.

This year Northwestern University Men’s Basketball Team, Chicago’s Big Ten Team, is hosting Georgia Tech on Wednesday December 3 at 8:15 p.m. at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston.

The game is sponsored by ESPN and will be televised, but you will only be able to see the RIC Hornets if you attend the game. Welsh-Ryan Arena is an easy drive from downtown and the suburbs, and accessible on the CTA Purple Line.

Click here for information on how to secure tickets. This opportunity is unprecedented for both Northwestern’s Men’s Basketball and our RIC Hornets. Hope to see you at the game. Go Cats! Go RIC Hornets!

You Shop. We Advance Human Ability™.

You can do some good for RIC while shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as during the rest of the holiday season. It's simple! With every online purchase made on Amazon.com, you can support RIC’s one-of-a-kind, top-ranked research, programs, and clinical care.

Click here, start shopping on Amazon.com and 3% of your total purchase goes directly to RIC.

You can use this link to access Amazon through Fundinco.com over and over. Share this with family and friends and they too can help Advance Human Ability™.  In fact, you can do this throughout the year.

For more information on Fundinco or other ways to support RIC, please contact the Advancement Office at (312) 238-6013.

Compliance Corner: Gift Giving this Holiday Season

Season’s greetings! As the holiday season draws near, gift giving is a common way for patients, families, vendors and other providers to spread cheer. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions regarding what constitutes appropriate gift giving.

1) What kinds of gifts can we accept from patients, patients’ family members, vendors and other providers?

A: Non-monetary gifts of a nominal value. For instance, a vendor may bring in bagels or a patient may give you flowers to express appreciation. Whenever possible, such gifts should be shared with co-workers or others at RIC.

2) What does “nominal” mean?

A: We expect employees to exercise good judgment and discretion in accepting gifts. As a general guideline, gifts with a value greater than $50 may be considered excessive. 

3) What kinds of gifts are not appropriate to accept?

A: Gifts of money, personal donations, or other monetary gratuities, such as gift cards, of any amount, and any gift that may influence your decision-making.

4) What should I do if a patient or other individual wants to give me a monetary gift?

A: Respectfully thank the person and indicate that you cannot accept a personal gift; however, if the person would like to donate to RIC the individual is welcome to call the RIC Advancement Office at 312-238-6013.

5) Can I attend a vendor’s holiday party?

A: Attendance at local, modest vendor-sponsored events is generally permitted; however, you should always consult with your supervisor. 

If you have further questions about accepting a gift or invitation, please ask your supervisor and/or a member of the Compliance Department (312-238-1537) or the Office of General Counsel (312-238-1537). You may also refer to RIC's Compliance Program Handbook for further guidance on appropriate gift giving.  All the best for a wonderful 2015!

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2015 Benefits Open Enrollment Closes Friday

RIC’s 2015 Benefits Open Enrollment period is currently underway through Friday, November 28. 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. 

Don’t Forget Your Flu Shot

Please remember to get your flu shot. The Joint Commission and CDC mandate that all healthcare professionals be vaccinated against seasonal influenza this fall.

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 will be 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.  (Employee Health will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.)

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

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 Café  manager.

Employee Holiday Celebrations Coming Soon!

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.

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. If you plan to submit photos, please make sure that patients and non-employees sign photo release forms. Please remember if your articles are time sensitive to submit them as early as possible to: RICMatters@ric.org. Thanks!

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