RIC Matters 2015-01-21 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2015-01-21

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

Winston Churchill

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RIC Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

RIC celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Tuesday by showing his “I Have a Dream Speech,” throughout the day at the flagship, offering employees an opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s message of hope and his concern for humanity. Signs and posters on many of the floors commemorated the unifying work of this great leader.

The 1963 speech is a powerful tribute Dr. King’s tireless efforts to bring people together for the common good.

Dr. King sought to bring hope and healing to the country during a turbulent time, and to spread a message of peace and goodwill. The third Monday of January is designated a national holiday, which became law 1983.

The King holiday is meant to honor his legacy as a day of reflection and community service. It is a day to inspire the spirit of helping others.

King is remembered for his vision and courage, and for dedicating his life to serving humanity with an open heart and vibrant spirit. He saw obstacles as opportunities, and believed that all of us could help make the world a better place.

Dr. King once said, ““All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

We at RIC encourage that spirit, not only on the King holiday, but every day.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster Giveaway  

Several people have asked about the possibility of obtaining one of the MLK posters displayed on each floor of the Superior and Onterie locations. If you are interested, please send an email to Mary Devine or call her at ext. 8-6290 by noon on Monday, January 26. If we receive more names than posters, we will have a drawing to determine who will receive them.   

Reception Honoring Dr. Henry B. Betts Draws Hundreds

Hundreds of friends, family and colleagues from around the country came to RIC last Friday to honor and remember Dr. Henry B. Betts.

The well-attended reception on the 12th floor was a touching reminder of Dr. Betts’ many accomplishments and rich RIC legacy. It was particularly poignant to see so many people gathered together that Dr. Betts’ mentoring, tutelage, deeds and words had impacted, including so many current and former RIC employees. While he is and will be sorely missed, the occasion was a joyful celebration of Dr. Betts’ life. 

For photos from the reception, click the arrows below.








LIFE Center Shares Dr. Betts’ Chagall Tapestry Story

Each day at RIC, hundreds of employees, patients and visitors pass beneath a lovely and inspiring tapestry created by Marc Chagall – a work of art that’s here because of Dr. Henry B. Betts.

We want to share an article that Dr. Betts wrote for JAMA in 1986 that tells the story of Chagall’s tapestry. Dr. Betts’ words epitomize his philosophy about his work as a physician in rehabilitation. We gratefully acknowledge the permission from JAMA to share this article, which you can access by clicking here.

The tapestry was borne from a discussion between Dr. Betts and Vivian R. Jacobson, then President of The American Friends of Chagall’s Biblical Message Museum, about the healing and motivating value of art.

The tapestry is called “Job” after the Old Testament figure who after enduring suffering and loss, is restored.   The tapestry, which is 11.5 feet wide and 13 feet high, is dedicated to all disabled people of the world.

Dr. Betts also was instrumental in the development of RIC’s LIFE Center. RIC and the LIFE Center staff send condolences to his family, and join us all in appreciation of everything Dr. Betts stood for regarding rehabilitation and improving life for people with disabilities.

Getting to Know You: “Pharmacy Joe”

If you’ve ever dialed 8-1066, you’ve most likely been greeted by “Pharmacy Joe.” As far back as he can remember, Joe Kalvaitis says he has always wanted to be a pharmacist. “There was never a plan B. If pharmacy didn’t work out, I don’t know what I would be doing,” he says. After practicing at RIC for several years, Joe went back to school to earn his Doctorate in Pharmacy in order to enhance his clinical skills and knowledge for the benefit of his patients.

When he is not involved in patient care activities, Joe helps to facilitate medication management compliance with our outpatient clinics. Affectionately known as "Pharmacy Joe" throughout RIC, he has a long, rich history with the Institute. His colleagues say Joe is focused on service, and works hard to place the needs of the patient above all else.  “Pharmacy Joe’ brightens up the pharmacy with his own sunshine of cheer,” says Pharmacist Chris Butler. “He has an ability to make anyone smile and makes me smile every day I work with him.”    

PCT Dorota Gliwa-Lumpp Wins Prince Family Esprit! Award

Dorota Gliwa-Lumpp, PCT, was recently recognized as the fourth Prince Family Esprit! Award Winner for 2014.

Dorota was nominated by one of her peers for exemplary dedication to her job. In a nominating letter, her colleague said that Dorota is the kind of employee who always goes the extra mile.

“You are a rock star!” the letter said. “Working as the only PCT on the unit two nights in the same weekend - helping patients above and beyond your assignment, and making the best of a tough situation. Thank you for your hard work!”

Dorota and her team members on the 9th floor assembled for an early morning meeting after completing their night shift on December 19, unaware that they were about to honor Dorota. Much to their surprise, they were greeted by members of the Prince Esprit! Award Committee.

When presented with the coveted award, Dorota was shocked, and modestly insisted that she was “just doing my job.”  Her colleagues made it clear by their reactions that Dorota’s definition of “just doing my job” is consistently going above and beyond for RIC’s patients and their families.

Congratulations to Dorota, and thank you to the wonderful night shift staff on the 9thfloor for a memorable and meaningful celebration.  In the coming weeks, RIC Matters will interview Dorota so you can learn more about this member of our team.

Credit Union Representative to Visit RIC

A representative from the Central Credit Union of Illinois will visit RIC on Tuesday, January 27, to answer questions about its banking services and enroll interested employees. As an RIC employee, you and your family members are eligible to enroll in the credit union, a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution that offers a full range of banking services.

The credit union representative will be in the flagship on the second floor cafeteria from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or the HR Office in Suite 1031 of the Onterie Building (Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.)

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 % to 3.75 %. 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.

Family & Friends Basic Life Saving Training on February 25

The Prince Family Esprit! Program is pleased to offer, as part of the Mind component of the program, Family & Friends Basic Life Saving training through the American Heart Association. The Friends & Family course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult and child CPR, AED use, and relief from choking.  It is open to any RIC staff member who is interested in learning basic life saving principles. If your job requires CPR or BLS certification, this class will not meet those requirements.

The Family & Friends Basic Life Saving session will be held at the flagship in Room 1659 on Wednesday, February 25th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Registration in advance is required through the Learning Management System (LMS), found on RIC Connect. Click on the “Learning Management System” link. Your LMS user name and password are first name.last name and welcome. Once you are logged in to the LMS main page, click on Course Catalog > CPR/Medical Emergency Classes > Family & Friends.

If you have questions regarding Family & Friends training or registration, please contact Stephanie Adams at sadams@ric.org or 312-238-6291.

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

Roberto Barone – Engineering Intern, Sensory Motor Performance

Meghan Bouman – Fitness Center Intern

Morgan Carr – Legal Intern, Office of General Counsel

Meredith Coley – Assistant General Counsel/Associate Compliance Officer, Office of General Counsel

James Dobbs – Technical Applications Analyst, Information Systems

Carlos Gallegos – Respiratory Therapist

Grace Gustafson – Research Assistant, Aphasia Core

Marianne Harman – Nurse Practitioner, Franciscan Crown Point

Dan Hoard – Chaplain

Blair Hu – Graduate Researcher, Center for Bionic Medicine

Ginnie James – Respiratory Therapist

Jantel King – Patient Dining Assistant, Food Service

Laurie Malnarick – Coding Contractor, Medical Records

Amy Michelau – Legal Intern, Office of General Counsel

Marni Rosen –Art Therapist, Therapeutic Recreation

Angelique Salib – Legal Intern, Office of General Counsel

Sharisse Sumerall – Patient Dining Assistant, Food Service

Sanket Thakkar – Respiratory Therapist

Andrea Whipple – Legal Intern, Office of General Counsel