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RIC Matters 2015-02-18

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Nurses Learn about Research Opportunities, Participate in “Cookie Experiment”

The Nursing Research Committee (NRC) last week hosted a series of events to introduce nurses to research opportunities at RIC and give them a little taste of what it’s like to conduct a research study.

To show nurses how research projects work, members of the committee set up a “cookie experiment,” that involved sampling and rating chocolate chip cookies.

The experiment was intended to help illustrate the research process – from proposal to the analysis of data – in a way that was fun and engaging.

Participants rated cookie qualities such as texture, moisture, flavor and appearance on a five-point scale, with 5 being “Excellent. Like Mom makes,” to a 1, which is “Very Bad. Wouldn’t feed it to my dog.”

In addition, staff reviewed samples of research published by RIC nurses during the past several years to show them what is possible.

Liz Wojciechowski, PhD, RN, Education Program Manager-LIFE Center, and Ralph Cabigon, MS, RN, Clinical Nurse Leader, also took the “cookie experiment” to nurses working the night shift, visiting  patient units from 12:00 a.m. to 3 a.m. with their presentation.

In all, 88 nurses participated during the day, evening and night shifts on February 11 and 12. The winner of the cookie taste test was Cookie A: Matt’s Chocolate Chip Cookie (receiving 66 votes) over Murray’s Chocolate Chip Cookie (receiving 22 votes).

The NRC would like to thank Laura Ferrio and the nursing leadership team, the LIFE Center staff, RIC catering and all of RIC’s nursing staff for welcoming the NRC on their respective units.

The following NRC members assisted in the event: 

  • Mimi Zeigler
  • Brian Yates
  • Caterina Newren
  • Ralph Cabigon
  • Marcia Grear
  • Linda Ehrlich-Jones
  • Liz Wojciechowski
  • Sarah Cordes
  • Laura Alfredson
  • Jennifer Gasieski
  • Taylor Glover

Important Notice Regarding Vaccinations

You may be aware of the recent measles outbreak in the suburban Chicago area. As a result, Employee Health has been fielding inquiries regarding employees’ immunization status regarding measles (rubeola). You can access your immunization records in ADP. Please do so and contact Kim Dellutri, Employee Health Nurse, at 312-238-6296 or kdellutri@ric.org  if there are missing or negative results.

ADP/Myself/Development/Memberships/change the number of rows per page from 10 to 30/highlight each individual test to review and/or print a copy.

In addition to annual flu and TB requirements, the results should contain the following information:

  • Hepatitis B titer Desired result: reactive or positive
  • Mumps titer Desired result: positive
  • Rubella titer Desired result: positive
  • Rubeola (Measles) titer Desired result: reactive or positive
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) titer Desired result: positive

If information is missing or indicates a negative, nonreactive or equivocal result, please contact Employee Health. Vaccinations, if required, are provided free of charge.

Also flu shots are still available. Please be sure to complete the requirement no later than February 28.

Any questions, please contact Kim Dellutri.

Nursing Students Offer Blood Pressure Checks

“Know your numbers” was the theme of the blood pressure checks hosted by the LIFE Center and the nursing staff for 78 outpatients, visitors, and RIC staff on February 10. 

“Know your numbers” refers to the blood pressure numbers—a ratio of the systolic number on top and the diastolic number on the bottom – that result from a blood pressure check-up. The check-ups were provided by Mimi Ziegler, RN, and her nine nursing students from Chamberlain College of Nursing, Addison, as part of RIC’s Heart Awareness Month celebration.

The nursing students answered questions about blood pressure and provided heart healthy information developed by the LIFE Center for the visitors and staff. 

Pictured are the Chamberlain students, Gabriela Alonso, Kaitlin Haugen, Jurgita Orentaite, Griselda Perez, Francisco Sanchez, Rebeca Varela, Seona Abraham, Jorianne Didier; their instructor RIC Clinical Nurse Specialist Mimi Zeigler; and LIFE Center staff, Cris Mix, Liz Wojciechowski and Marcia Opp.

February 2015 Compliance Corner: Cyber Security

Health care companies and providers are increasingly becoming targets of cyber attacks by hackers who want to obtain, sell and/or publicize patient, employee and company information.  Health care entities have seen a 72% increase in cyber attacks in recent years.  

Among the common techniques are phishing, password theft, and mobile device theft. For the full Compliance Corner report, which offers tips on cyber security, please click here. You also can review the full smart phone security policy by clicking here.

If you believe that you have been a target of a cyber attack, immediately contact the RIC Help Desk at 312-238-1234, the Corporate Compliance Department at 312-238-7032 and/or Mark Thomas, Director of Information Systems and HIPAA Security Officer, at 312-238-2840.

Sprout Café Spicing it up with Chilies this Month

The Sprout Café is turning up the heat this month with some dishes made with chilies, including a new breakfast quesadilla filled with potatoes and poblano peppers.

In addition, the Café will be offering some dishes later this week to commemorate the Chinese New Year. Combination specials will also be available.

For a full menu of this week’s offerings, please click here.

Calendar of Events for RIC’s Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program

Please click here for a full calendar of upcoming events.

RIC Insider


Fitness Center Offers Exercise Class for Those with Diabetes

RIC’s Fitness Center now offers a group exercise program for individuals with diabetes.* “Moving to Manage your Diabetes” integrates education with physical activity. All class members are educated to take control of their diabetes through safe and individualized exercise programs.

For more information about the program, please contact Raquel Gonzales at rgonzales1@ric.org or by calling 312-238-5001.

*All group exercise class participants at the Fitness Center must be active members. For more details regarding membership, please call 312-238-5001.

Performance Improvement Seeks Teams for Quality Fest

The Performance Improvement (PI) Department is currently seeking teams throughout the system of care that have used a PI approach (e.g., Plan-Do-Check-Act, Lean) to improve processes within the organization. We want to invite you to participate in Quality Fest 2015, scheduled for Wednesday, April 15.

This year we are urging teams with small incremental improvements to enter and show off your work. Performance improvement is about improving at all levels – large projects and small incremental improvements alike.

As with last year, there are two levels of participation. Projects will be eligible for the Judge’s Pick if they have clear results and have measured outcomes after improvements have been implemented. Projects will be eligible for the People’s Choice if they have collected data to support their problem statement. For more information, please click here for the RIC Quality Fest Entry and Judging Criteria.

If your team is interested in participating, please submit project info via the Survey Monkey form which you can access by clicking here.

Each submission will be reviewed and a confirmation of acceptance will be sent to the Project Leader.

Please contact Dave Brewington (312-238-6191 or dbrewingto@ric.org) or Tabitha Pearsall (312-238-2904 or tpearsall@ric.org) if you need assistance with a current or planned Performance Improvement project, or have questions about Quality Fest 2015. The deadline for applications is March 10.

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 gvergara@ric.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!

Welcome New RIC Team Members

Babak Afsharipour – Post-Doctoral Fellow, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Asha Davison – Financial Clearance Coordinator, Outpatient Financial Clearance

Stacy Dulmage – Occupational Therapist, Outpatient

Kyle Kaveny – Research Assistant, Center for Bionic Medicine

Emily Kim – Pharmacy Student

Mitra Lavasani – Research Scientist, Research

Michael Lopez – Food Service Intern

Karen Mauss – Coder, Medical Records

Ruxandra Moldovan – Administrative Coordinator, Flex Staff

Lindsay Ulaszek – Occupational Therapist, Flex Staff