RIC Matters 2014-12-03 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2014-12-03

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Prime of Life Program Expands to Include More Brain Injury Patients

We’re excited to announce the expansion of RIC’s Prime of Life Program, which was created eight years ago for active adults in the “prime of life” who experienced a stroke. We’re now expanding the program to include patients who have sustained other types of brain injuries.

Prime of Life is designed for people whose multi-faceted and rigorous lives demand aggressive intervention. These patients are often younger and face greater demands, such as caring for a family, continuing a career, community involvement and engaging in a social life.

The essence of the program is to deliver the clear message to patients that an injury to the brain should not hold them back from returning to a full and active life. In an effort to align this program with the vision for our new hospital, we’re now expanding this program to include not only patients who have had a stroke, but any appropriate patient who has had an injury to the brain.

This program offers valuable educational opportunities that are unique to an active, often younger patient. It also brings together patients who are often located on many of our inpatient floors with similar diagnoses for support, socialization, and to increase a sense of community.

Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Re-Launches Discussion Group

We have exciting news at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR): Our GoogleGroup, RehabMeasures for Clinicians, has re-launched! 

This group has been created and is moderated by staff at CROR. The efforts are made possible by a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Grant from the National Institutes on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (H133B090024).

As part of this grant, we aim to increase the knowledge and ability to apply measurement principles and methods by researchers and clinicians.

December 2014 Resource Awareness - Managing the Holidays

The holiday season is fun, exciting...and occasionally stressful. Please click here for some resources featured this month in the LIFE Center.

Physicians Certified in New Brain Injury Medicine Subspecialty

Four RIC physicians have passed the newly-established Brain Injury Medicine Subspecialty Board Certification. They are Dr. David Ripley, Dr. Nenad Brkic, Dr. Elliot Roth and Dr. Korak Sarkar. The exam was offered for the first time this year.

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Employee Holiday Celebrations Next Week

RIC will host a celebration at the flagship for employees on all shifts next Thursday, December 11, and 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 have 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.

The celebrations include employees at the flagship, Onterie, Voc Rehab and the Fitness Center.  The clinics will host celebrations for their employees.

Flu Shots Available

Remember to get your flu shot from Employee Health if you have not already done so. The vaccination is free to all employees, contractors and volunteers.  Employee Health is located in room 1616 and the hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Please bring your I.D. badge. If you have any questions, please contact Kim Dellurti, Employee Health Nurse, at kdellutri@ric.org or ext. 8-6296.

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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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Welcome New RIC Team Members

Kelly Arrington – Patient Care Technician, Brain Injury Unit

Kelly Askins – Physical Therapist, Spinal Cord Injury Unit

Desiree Ball – Medical Coding/Compliance Auditor, Medical Records

Daria Boratyn – Graduate Researcher, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Carmen Capo-Lugo – NU Post Doctoral Fellow, Clinical Research Core

Anna Chybowski – Registered Nurse, DIAS-HOSP/CLINICS

Courtney Coleman – Call Center Representative

Diandra Entler – Child Life Specialist, Inpatient Pediatrics

Meghan Gallagher – Patient Care Technician, Orthopedic Unit

Matthew Giffhorn – Physical Therapist, Inpatient Float

Michael Hoskins – Housekeeper II

Stephanie Juno – Occupational Therapist,  Flex Staff

Sanusie Kabba – Patient Dining Assistant, Food Service

Jessica Koza – Registered Nurse, Orthopedic Unit

Hillary Krantz – Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel

Whitney Lingafelter – Recreation Therapist, Therapeutic Recreation

Jessica Mandac – Physical Therapist,  Center for Pain Management

Vanessa McKinney – Registry Administrative Coordinator, Flex Staff

Tamika Morris – Central Supply Technician

Meghan Munoz – Registered Nurse, Orthopedic Unit

Tracy Paull – Registry Speech Language Pathologist, Flex Staff

Arlene Pineda – Manager Provider Relationship, Referral Development

Megan Reissman – Graduate Researcher, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Josephine Sahial – Registered Nurse, Orthopedic Unit

Betelhem Wondemu – Patient Care Technician, Stroke Unit