RIC Matters 2015-01-14 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2015-01-14

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

Winston Churchill

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Services for Dr. Henry B. Betts on Friday

We will be joining the Betts family in celebrating the life of Dr. Henry B. Betts on Friday.

All staff are welcome to both the church memorial and reception at RIC. For those who wish to attend the memorial service at the church on their own time, you are warmly welcomed to do so. For those working at RIC Superior Street on Friday, your supervisors will coordinate a schedule for staff to join the reception if you wish. The reception follows the memorial service, and will begin about 1 p.m. 

Memorial Service

Friday, January 16, 11:00 a.m.

Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago

126 East Chestnut Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Reception and Celebration immediately following

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

345 East Superior Street, 12th Floor

Chicago, IL 60611 

Remembrances of Dr. Betts

“Shortly after I arrived at RIC almost five years ago, I was happy to find that the music played in the stairwells enticed me to take the stairs rather than the elevator whenever possible. I mentioned this to some colleagues who told me that playing music in the stairwells was Dr. Betts’ idea and that my response was exactly the one he had hoped for. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to talk about this with him during one of his visits to the cafeteria. I did not have an opportunity to work  with him, but am able to feel how no detail of patient care or staff well-being was too small for his concern.”

- Lilli  Kornblum, Clinical Manager, 3rd Floor OP Clinic


“When Dr. Betts came to RIC in 1963, I was Director of Speech-Language Pathology. Therefore, I have so many fond and treasured memories of Dr. Betts.  

I recall the many wonderful dinners my husband, Ira and I had with Henry and Jack Armold who was Director of Orthotics and Prosthetics Research. This was before Henry had met Monika, his wonderful wife.

Another early memory I have was our marathon patient conferences we had every Thursday with Dr. Betts on all the inpatients. The Directors of PT, OT, Speech-Language Pathology, Nursing, Social Work and Psychology attended. Each patient was discussed in great detail and the importance of all the participants’ contributions was very obvious. We truly were a team at a time when that was not the usual patient care model.

Dr. Betts was truly a very special person to all of us.”

- Anita  Halper, Senior Education Program Manager, RIC Academy 

“I Have a Dream” Speech Featured Next Week

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech will be broadcast throughout the day next Tuesday in celebration of the national holiday honoring Dr. King’s birthday. Please join us in the South Dining area on the second floor for viewings of the speech. RIC Matters will have an article next week to commemorate the remarkable life of Dr. King.

RIC Provides Childcare to Grateful Parents during School Closings

RIC staff provided child care services to grateful parents last week when Chicago Public Schools, along with many suburban school systems, cancelled classes due to the cold weather.

Employees dropped off their children in the Heyworth rooms last Wednesday and Thursday when temperatures dipped into the single digits.

Children had the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun activities – from board games and crafts to basketball and soccer – throughout the day. They also enjoyed snacks and some special  visitors.

The kids were treated to a surprise visit from Rick Lieber, PhD, RIC's SVP, Chief Scientific Officer, who provided a fun and educational session about how leg muscles work. The children also  were visited by RIC’s service dog Georgia, and participated in a medical dress up relay race.

RIC was able to provide a safe and warm environment during the extreme weather conditions.

Many thanks to our staff members who helped make it possible:

  • Diandra Entler, Child Life Specialist
  • Shanna King,  Recreation Therapist
  • Michael Wehner,  Recreation Therapist
  • Whitney Lingafelter,  Recreation Therapist
  • Jillian Beemer, Manager, Therapeutic Recreation
  • Glenn Paustian, Director,  Allied Health
  • Kathy Galvin, Director, Human Resources
  • The Food Service Team

For more photos, click the arrows below.











Payroll Updates, Including W-2 Information

It’s W-2 season and the IRS requires employers to mail the 2014 W-2s to employees by January 31. RIC will provide employees the option to receive a hard copy in the mail or have it sent electronically.  A separate email will be generated once the W-2s are available to explain your options. 

Please note that your W-2 may not match your year-to-date wages from your last pay stub in 2014. This is due to pre tax deductions (i.e. medical insurance, parking, 403(b), 401(k), etc. Your W-2 only reflects taxable wages. 

New Year - 2015

The following are updates for 2015: 

  • The Illinois Income Tax rate has decreased from 5 percent to 3.75 percent. If you have questions, please consult with a tax advisor to determine if modifications are needed on your Form IL-W4 (Employees’ Withholding Allowance Certification). 
  • For mileage expenses incurred beginning on January 1, 2015, the business standard mileage rate is .575 cents per mile for business miles driven. Click here to access the updated form. 

Please log into the ADP portal for updates on W-2s and other payroll matters. If you do not yet have access to the ADP system, click here for information about signing up.

If you have any questions, please contact Gabriel Vergara, Payroll Manager, at gvergara@ric.org.

Compliance Corner for January 2015: Research Adverse Event Reporting

RIC’s Corporate Compliance and Privacy Department would like to share the latest Compliance Corner memo, which addresses “adverse events” related to research. Please click here to access the full January 2015 edition of Compliance Corner.

If you have any questions, please contact Compliance and Privacy Officer, Leyla Erkan at lerkan@ric.org.

RIC Insider


Esprit! Award Nomination Deadline Jan. 30

We want to remind you that thanks to the Prince Family Esprit! Program, there is an easy and fun way to recognize your RIC colleagues. It’s the Esprit! Award Peer Recognition Program and you can recognize your colleagues for exemplary effort using handwritten “You Made My Day!” Thank-You notes.

On every floor and in every department, “Thank-You” notes are readily available. Once you have written a “Thank You” note, please make a copy before giving it to the person you wish to recognize. After you have given your colleague the note, submit the copy to Stephanie Adams in the Human Resources Department.

The deadline for nominations for the next Esprit! Award Winner is fast approaching on January 30. Why not write a note today about a colleague who went above and beyond? If you have any questions regarding the Esprit! Award Peer Recognition Program, or need any materials, please contact Stephanie Adams in the Human Resources Department at 8-6291 or sadams@ric.org.

Last Call for Employee Holiday Gift

If you have not yet received your RIC holiday gift, please pick it up no later than Friday, January 30. Bring your green ticket to the HR Liaison Office in Room 1635 of the hospital (Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm) or the HR Office in Suite 1031 of the Onterie Building (Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.) 

2015 Benefits Reminders

2015 Benefits Enrollments Review

With the start of the New Year, the Human Resources Department would like to remind you to review your 2015 benefit enrollments. 

  • Go the ADP Self Service Portal
  • Go to the Myself tab
  • Go to the Benefits Section, then select Enrollments

For a screen shot to help you navigate the instructions, please click here.

If you have questions, please email benefits@ric.org or contact Human Resources at 312-238-6297. Thank you.

Commuter Flexible Spending Account Change

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. Please note that this benefit is not applicable to RIC parking facilities, which are already deducted from payroll on a pre-tax basis. For additional information and to learn how you can prepare for this change, please refer to the 2015 Commuter FSA change planning document.

Resource Awareness – Wellness: Pursuing Your Goals in the New Year

It’s a new year. Click here for some resources we’re featuring this month in the LIFE Center to help folks meet (and keep) their healthful resolutions.

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.