IN THIS ISSUE:
Meet the Team
Canine Therapy Corps Back in Action
The Canine Therapy Corps (CTC) is back in action this year after taking some time off during the holidays. All patients and family members are invited to join the group every Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Heyworth rooms.
At least six therapy dogs attend the weekly sessions. Each dog has his or her own specialty when it comes to working with patients. Some enjoy running through tunnels, while others simply love to be loved by our patients.
The Canine Therapy Corps empowers and motivates individuals to improve their physical and psychological health and well-being by harnessing the human-animal bond. It also provides goal-directed, interactive animal-assisted therapy services, free of charge, using volunteers and certified therapy dogs.
Patients are matched with therapy dogs and their handlers based on specific needs such as arm and hand movement, legs and walking, strength and endurance or thinking and speaking.
An example for thinking and speaking therapy might involve giving patients a sequence of commands (verbal and gestural) to give to the therapy dogs. This helps with verbal expression and memory skills.
For more information, please contact Whitney Lingafelter, Recreational Therapist, at email@example.com
Nursing Research Committee to Host Informational Event
The Nursing Research Committee (NRC) will host a fun and creative way to learn about the nursing research process on Wednesday, February 11, in the LIFE Center. All nursing staff members are welcome to stop by during the following hours: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Food will be provided.
On Thursday, February 12, the project will visit each nursing unit from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. rather than have staff come to the LIFE Center.
We look forward to seeing you.
Therapists Train on Woodway Treadmills
European representatives from the Woodway treadmill company visited RIC last Friday and Saturday to train OTs, PTs and SLPs on the company’s gait equipment.
The visit was a follow up to the Allied Health/Research Medical Equipment Safety Competency that all staff took in the fall. In October, new Woodway treadmills were installed on the 4th, 6th and 8th floors. Intensive walking programs are being implemented to increase ability with our patients throughout the inpatient units.
The trainers, who came from Germany and the Czech Republic, were in the country for the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis. They came to RIC as part of their visit to the U.S.
Each therapist participated in hands on practice. As RIC moves forward with utilization of gait training recommendations, staff competency is a critical step.
Clinicians who have had some previous experience with the Woodway treadmills, as well new staff members, completed the training with additional knowledge to take back to their unit or clinic and apply to their patients.
New RESTORE Fitness Cancer Program Begins Next Week
A new fitness program for those who have or have had cancer will begin soon at RIC.
The program starts with a “RESTORE Fitness Cancer Program Assessment,” which is required before participation in the 11-week fitness class. The 45-minute assessment will help identify individual fitness levels. During the assessment, we will evaluate responses to exercise training. Based on this and other fitness and cancer-related measures, we will modify the exercise program for each individual in the class.
The fitness class, which meets once a week, will consist of exercises that serve to help the client return to pre-diagnosed and pre-treatment levels of functional ability. The additional goals of the program are to help reduce or delay recurrence and lessen long term and late effects of cancer treatments, such as fatigue.
The class may include 5- to 10-minute education sessions on exercise and health. Each class will be 45 minutes. The RESTORE Fitness Cancer class will be held on Fridays at 1 p.m. at 541 N. Fairbanks, Mezzanine Level. The first session will be held February 13.
For more information please contact Raquel Gonzales, Exercise Physiologist, at 312-238-5013.
RIC Sled Hockey Players Help National Team to Victories over Russia, Korea
Team USA Sled Hockey is back in action this week, competing at the World Sled Hockey Challenge in Alberta, Canada. Two players representing the RIC Blackhawks are on the National Team: Brody Roybal and Kevin McKee. Both were on last year’s Gold Medal winning team in the Sochi Paralympics.
The Canadian tournament is the first international competition since the Paralympics, and serves as a warm up for the 2015 IPC World Sled Hockey Championships to be held in Buffalo, New York, from April 24 to May 2.
Team USA got off to a great start by beating Russia 3-2 in the opening game this week, a highly anticipated Gold Medal rematch from last March when Team USA prevailed 1-0. This week’s win provided the opportunity for the RIC players to show their skills.
Brody Roybal scored the first goal of the game and was named US player of the game, while Kevin McKee, playing on the same line, scored the second goal and collected the assist on the game winning goal.
Coming off a great victory over Russia, Team USA beating Korea 8 -1 on Monday. Brody scored two goals while Kevin scored once, and was credited with two assists. Team USA will play Team Canada tonight. The game will be streamed live on http://www.Fasthockey.com
The link below has more information on the games and the posted times of the remaining tournament games. http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/907467-news-and-features
Blood Pressure Checks Offered
In celebration of National Heart Month, please stop by the LIFE Center on February 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to have your blood pressure checked by the Chamberlain Nursing Students and Mimi Zeigler, Clinical Nurse Specialist.
LIFE Center Offers Resources for Heart Awareness Month
February is Heart Awareness Month. Click here for a list of resources from the LIFE Center.
Next Drawing for Rotary House of Dreams Charity Raffle on Friday
The second installment of the Rotary House of Dreams Charity Raffle, benefitting RIC, will occur on Friday, February 6. Two cars and a motorcycle (or the cash equivalents) will be awarded to the lucky winners. Tickets purchased prior to Friday will be eligible for the remaining four raffles, including prizes of vehicles, boats and trips, along with the grand prize drawing in May…for a house or $1 million cash. Odds of winning a prize are 1 in 15. For information on how to participate, call 800-500-7545, or go online to www.ricraffle.org. Be sure to mention RIC when you purchase, which will result in more funds coming to us. Some employees are putting together group purchases of tickets, a great way to spread the cost and share the reward.
Updated Payroll Information
The following are payroll information 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.
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 by clicking here.
If you have any questions, please contact Gabriel Vergara, Payroll Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RIC Matters Submission Deadline
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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
Kendall Cook – Physical Therapist, Wheeling
Kirby Farr – Food Service Worker
Dengfeng Geng – Visiting Scholar, Research-Sensory Motor Performance Program
Dongmei Jin – Visiting Scholar, Research-Sensory Motor Performance Program
Shehina Jones – Housekeeper, Environmental Services
Kristen Kashul – Registered Nurse, Stroke Unit
Kara Kimble-Williams – Help Desk Specialist, Information Systems
John Lindsey – Housekeeper, Environmental Services
Leslee Logan – Registered Nurse, Medically Complex Unit
Lindsay Long – Registered Nurse, Brain Injury Unit
Meaghan McLoughlin – Speech & Language Pathologist, Flex Staff
Marcia Middleton-Kaplan – Registered Nurse, Medically Complex Unit
Carla Sattler – Patient Care Technician, Spinal Cord Injury Unit
Samantha Smith – Occupational Therapist, Flex Staff
Catherine Strigenz – Registered Nurse, Flex Staff
Christine Thiede – Registered Nurse, Flex Staff
Peter Yamashiro – Administrative Coordinator, Assistive Technology