RIC Matters 2014-12-10 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2014-12-10

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

Winston Churchill

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Important Information Regarding Last Paychecks for 2014

Employees will receive their final paychecks of the year a day earlier than usual – on Wednesday, December 31 – due to the New Year’s holiday. Because this will be your third check in a month, your pay statement will reflect only deductions for 401(k), 403(b), garnishments, child support and RIC Campaign. All other deductions are excluded this payroll period. The Christmas holiday this year falls on Thursday, December 25.

Please Review, Update Payroll Information

In preparing for the close of year, the Payroll Department would like to remind you to review your pay statements to confirm that your name, address and deductions are accurate. Please log into the ADP portal to submit changes. For instructions on updating your information, please click here. If you do not yet have access to the ADP system, click here for information about signing up.

All changes must be made no later than December 31, 2014. Please note that it will take approximately two business days for these changes to show in your record.  

Payroll for 2015

The first 2015 pay check will be on January 15th. Click here for a copy of the 2015 Payroll Calendar. New personal day hours will be available starting December 28, 2014.

RIC Blackhawks Win Exhibition Game at University of Illinois

The RIC Blackhawks traveled to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana to take on the St. Louis Blues in an exhibition game last Saturday. The game proved that the Hawks will continue their winning streak this season, as they tallied a 5-2 victory over the Blues.

The Hawks took advantage of the energy of some new players on the roster. The veteran players found ways to get everyone in on the action, allowing four different players to score goals. 

After the game, both teams stayed on the ice for an hour for a demonstration of skill development aimed at those interested in learning the game.

The demo was a huge success. The clinic yielded an opportunity for 35 newcomers to the sport to get into a sled and start realizing their dream of Paralympic Gold.

The RIC Blackhawks look to once again put more wins in the books January 7-9 when they travel to St. Louis to take on tough competition in the Midwest Sled Hockey League, a conference of four teams that includes the Blackhawks and teams from St. Louis, San Antonio and Colorado.

Reminder Regarding Personal Packages

The Materials and Logistics Team kindly reminds all staff at the flagship hospital to refrain from shipping personal holiday gifts and packages to the 345 E. Superior Street address.

Our Materials Receiving team must dedicate 100% of their time and effort to receiving and distributing the shipments of medical supplies and equipment necessary for our patients.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. A blessed holiday season to all!

George Burbules,

Executive Director, Materials and Logistics Management

Choral Group “Men in Hats” to Visit Patients

The festive singing group known as “Men in Hats,” will bring their holiday cheer to RIC when they perform for patients and staff on Thursday, December 18, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The group, whose official name is the Great Lakes Dredge and Philharmonic Society, will tour each of the units during their visit, which has become a holiday highlight at the hospital. 

The group begins its visit in the LIFE Center where the singers mingle, enjoy RIC punch and cookies and warm up their voices before heading up to the patient floors. 

SkyRise Chicago: Thanks to Employees, Donors

As fundraising for SkyRise Chicago 2014 winds down, we would like to acknowledge the employees who not only support our patients every day, but who also contribute to the expansion and innovation of this remarkable organization through their impressive fundraising efforts.

Once again, many RIC teams and individuals participated in SkyRise Chicago. To show our thanks, we have partnered with community advocates to reward employees for their extraordinary fundraising success. 

Our benefactors contributed a variety of wonderful fundraising prizes, and we are deeply grateful for their contributions.

Remember, the last day for fundraising to count toward incentive prizes is December 31, 2014, so please continue your fundraising efforts.

The top fundraising team will win five $100 gift certificates to Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants and ten "Admit 4" tickets to Kingston Mines blues club. Top individual fundraisers can win stays at downtown hotels, Lettuce Entertain You gift certificates and tickets to local theater and comedy clubs. For a complete list of prizes, please click here.

Prize winners will be announced early in January.

We thank the following businesses for their contributions of fundraising prizes: 

  • Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
  • Rosebud Restaurants
  • Omni Chicago
  • Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
  • The Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Downtown
  • Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • The Theatre School at DePaul University
  • Zanies Comedy Night Club
  • Kingston Mines
  • The ComedySportz Theatre
  • Stuart-Rodgers Photography
  • Carol's Cookies, Inc

“Care Rounds” Nursing Improvement Project Begins Next Week

The Nursing Department’s biggest improvement project of the fiscal year begins on December 15 with the launch of “Care Rounds,” a process aimed at providing our patients with the best care possible.

The concept of Care Rounds is known by many names, such as hourly rounding, purposeful rounding, or routine check- ins.  While there are many names for the process, the goal of the rounds is the same: to proactively meet the needs of our patients consistently and efficiently.

Each interaction that we have with patients creates their experience while it improves safety and helps build trusting relationships with patients and between staff. Consistent quality care by all staff and on all units demonstrates that we work as a care team to support our patients through the acute rehabilitative phase of their care.

Research shows that a consistent rounding process reduces patient anxiety, decreases falls, decreases hospital acquired pressure ulcers and reduces call lights which provides staff with more time for quality care. 

Representatives from all units participated in a LEAN improvement workshop to develop and implement the process to improve care rounds. Our staff did a great job trying ideas, creating training and owning this process. 

The Patient Experience training has taught us about EMPATHY, mindfulness and AIDET, a communications tool that addresses the “Five Fundamentals of Service.” These are all elements that are included in the Care Round process that our staff developed. The process is designed to provide heart-centered quality care that allows patients to focus on increasing ability while providing a stable process that our staff can trust on every unit and every shift.

 The members of the LEAN improvement workshop team are: 

  • Dan Vosburgh, RN, 10th Floor
  • Warren Owens , Rehabilitation Tech, 9th Floor
  • Vickie Singleton, PCT, 4th Floor
  • Mary Kuncis, RN, 7th Floor
  • Nikki Sedam, Allied Health Manager, 8th Floor
  • Jackie Stiefel, RN, NPC Chairperson, 5th Floor
  • Glennie Graham, PCT, 5th Floor
  • Michael Felicetti, RN, 6th Floor
  • Sarah Guzinski, Nurse Manager, 9th Floor 

To learn about the Care Rounds process, all staff members are encouraged to join the Lean Report Out on Thursday, January 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the Magnuson Auditorium.

Send Us Your RIC Holiday Party Photos!

Our annual holiday parties start tomorrow, and we’d like you to send us your best photos to include in next week’s RIC Matters. All shifts and all clinic locations are invited to share pictures. Please send photos to Kevin Davis at kdavis@ric.org.

Sprout Café Offers Holiday Pies, Cookies and Wreaths for Sale

The Sprout Café will continue to offer scrumptious whole pies and cookies for sale during the holiday season, and has now added beautiful wreaths.

The 20-inch wreaths are made of Noble Fir, Blue Berried Juniper and Incense Cedar and Pine Cones.

Place your order today by submitting a form to a cafeteria manager. If you’re curious about these delicious pies, join us for a free sampling on Monday, December, 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., just outside the Sprout Café on the 2nd floor. Hope to see you there!

Discount Tickets Available for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Employees are eligible to save 40% off the regular price of tickets to see the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Auditorium Theater on March 6, 7 or 13. Tickets must be purchased by January 16. For more information and the promotional code, please click here.

RIC Insider

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!

Superior Street Sprout Café Menu

Please click here to access the Superior Street Sprout Café menu.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the holiday party at the hospital on 12/11, the cafeteria will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, additional Outtakes (sandwiches, salads, fruit and soup) will be available for purchase at Peet’s Coffee shop in the lobby for any family and visitors.