RIC Matters 2014-12-17 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2014-12-17

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

Winston Churchill

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Employees Enjoy Festive Holiday Celebrations at Superior Street










Employees enjoyed a sumptuous buffet, an indulgent dessert table and a special thank you gift from RIC during the annual employee holiday celebration last week.

Members of RIC’s leadership team donned their aprons to serve up holiday meals to employees on all three shifts. The menu included turkey, glazed ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetable lasagna, green beans and more. The dessert table was filled with cookies, brownies and samples of pies and cheesecake. 

Just how much did we consume? According to Food Services, employees ate about 180 pounds of turkey, 16 hams, 240 pounds of red skin potatoes, 288 pounds of fresh green beans, 80 quarts of eggnog, 45 dozen dinner rolls and too many desserts to count!

For those employees unable to attend the holiday celebration, you can pick up your holiday gift in room 1635 of the flagship or in Human Resources on the tenth floor of Onterie. Please be sure to bring your green ticket to receive your gift.

In addition to the holiday gift, five lucky staff members from across the Institute will find a “golden ticket” inside their holiday gift box. Those lucky winners will receive an additional holiday treat.  Three golden tickets have been discovered so far.  Good luck to all as we await the recipients of the final two golden tickets!

For more holiday party pictures from all three shifts, please click the arrows below.











Clinic Employees: Please Send Us Your Photos!

We'd love for employees in our clinic locations to share photos from their holiday parties, too. Please email pictures to RIC Matters and we'll publish them in an upcoming edition. Thanks!

Church Group Brings Knitted Comfort to Patients for the Holidays

A group of knitters from a North suburban church recently visited RIC to donate 25 beautiful hand-knitted lap robes that will be given to patients to help lift their spirits and keep them cozy.

Members of the Kenilworth Union Church Knitting Ministry created robes in a variety of patterns and colors, all of which were blessed at the church before being delivered to RIC.

Throughout the year, patients will receive the robes, along with a hand-signed card from members of the knitting ministry. The cards include a prayer that says, in part, “May this lap robe be a sign for you of God’s healing presence…may it warm you when you are weary and surround you with holy peace.”

Kathy Hajszani, a patient who recently received a lap robe, stopped by to thank the knitters during their visit to the RIC chapel. They were joined by Chaplain Beth Reece and Mary Gallagher, Manager, Corporate & Foundation Relations.

Reece described the lap robes as a valuable "prayer and hug" for patients who particularly need something like this during the holidays.

RIC Therapists Publish Research on Measuring Cognitive Function

A group of RIC therapists recently published a research article in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy about a new method they developed to measure changes in cognitive function in stroke patients.

Bridget Hahn, OTR/L (lead author), Susan Spoeri, OTR/L and Jennifer Moore, PT developed techniques to enhance the standard Executive Function Performance Test (EFPT) given to most patients.

Their study came about after the therapists identified a need to follow up with patients to measure and assess their progress in executive functioning through different tasks such as cooking, taking medication and making phone calls. Their alternative testing method included having patients perform slight variations of the usual tasks measured through the EFPT to  determine whether patients showed improvement.

The RIC therapists received funding from the Buchanan Fellowship and collaborated with researchers and the developers of the original EFPT at Washington University in St Louis to create an alternate form of the EFPT. Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, assisted as principal investigator. She helped the group with obtaining IRB approval as well as with study design and statistical measurements.

The researchers recruited 25 post stroke and 25 healthy control participants who completed reliability and validity testing on the alternate version of the EFPT. For a link to the article, please click here.

Helping Patients Have Fun during Holidays

6th floor Physical Therapist Bridget Fowler and patient Ashley Crossett celebrated Thanksgiving in a fun way with therapy and a turkey hat.

Our patients make the most of the holiday season, and they enjoy the community we create on our floor. We know it is not ideal to be in a hospital setting around the holidays, but we keep our patients engaged with therapeutic activities and fun ways to work toward their goals in a meaningful way.

- Sally Taylor, PT, DPT, NCS

RIC Matters Holiday Publication Schedule

During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, RIC Matters will be published one day earlier than usual on Tuesday, Dec. 23 and on Tuesday, Dec. 30. If you have any submissions, please make sure to send them by noon on Monday of each week.

Human Resources Holiday Office Hours

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, the main Human Resources office at Onterie and the HR office at 1635 in the flagship will close at 2 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 26, and on Friday, Jan. 2, the 1635 office will be closed. The main HR office at Onterie will be open during regular hours on
both of those days.

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Men in Hats Here Tomorrow!

The festive singing group known as “Men in Hats,” will bring their holiday cheer to RIC when they perform for patients and staff tomorrow 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.

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!

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

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Welcome New RIC Team Members

Paul Barker - Prosthetic & Orthotic Technician

Julie Connley - Occupational Therapist, Homewood DayRehab

Meghan Corley - Physical Therapist, Medically Complex Unit

Vicki DuFauchard - Registry Administrative Coordinator, Flex Staff

Jessica Hauert - Occupational Therapist, Flex Staff

Titipat Achakulvisu - Visiting Scholar, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Rosalind Heckman - Graduate Student, Sensory Motor Performance Program