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RIC Matters 2015-03-04

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Patient Safety Awareness Week Begins Sunday

Patient Safety Awareness Week, which begins on Sunday, is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF).

The theme for 2015 is “United in Safety.” Everyone at RIC plays a role in delivering safe care. By uniting together and sharing this common goal, we can make a difference in patient safety. We are all united in the goal of keeping patients and those who care for them free from harm.

How does RIC define a safety event?

A safety event is any unexpected event which: 

  • May result or has resulted in an injury to a patient or visitor and/or 
  • Reflects a variation from customary policy/procedure or practice affecting patients.

Where should you document a safety event?

  • RIC Safety Event Form. 

Where can you find a safety event form? 

  • They are currently available through RIC Connect, and soon to be on your computer desk top. 

When should you document an event? 

  • Documentation should occur on the Safety Event Form and in the Medical Record as close to the event as possible so the facts are fresh in the mind of staff involved ( i.e., physician, nurse, PCT, PT Aide, PT, OT, etc.). 

What should you do with the safety event form? 

  • Completed forms should be delivered to the Director of Patient Safety and Accreditation in Room 948 (Onterie Center) within two days after the occurrence or discovery of the occurrence. 

Questions may be directed to Dana Nelson, Director of Patient Safety and Accreditation, at dnelson@ric.org or by calling 312-238-2877. 

Dr. Heidi Roth Receives Clinical Excellence in Neurology Award


Drs. Heidi Roth (left) and Deborah Larsen

Heidi Roth, PT, DHS, NCS, was recently honored with the Clinical Excellence in Neurology Award by the American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section.

The award recognizes a therapist who has demonstrated clinical expertise in neurologic physical therapy, has contributed to the overall development of physical therapy as a caring and scientific profession, as well as taking the time to share their clinical expertise by serving as a mentor to other clinicians.  

Dr. Roth received the award last month at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis. She is pictured at the left with Deborah Larsen, PT, PhD, President of the Neurology Section, APTA.

She earned her physical therapy degree from Washington University of St. Louis and her Doctor of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis. Among her many accomplishments, she has earned board certification in neurologic physical therapy and brain injury specialization from The American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists. 

Dr. Roth contributes to the RIC community by working in research in the Sensory Motor Performance Program and the 12th floor Outpatient Department. She serves as a specialist committee leader for the Battery of Rehabilitation Assessments and Interventions (BRAIN). She also is a leader of vestibular practice, and acts as a mentor both formally and informally in neurological practice throughout all levels of care at RIC.

Get Fit With Employee Boot Camp

The RIC Fitness staff will be leading an Employee Boot Camp beginning next week. Thanks to the generosity of the Prince Family and RIC's Prince Family Esprit! Program, boot camp is free for all RIC employees who are Fitness Center members. The Fitness Center is a bargain at just $10 per month. 

Class begins on Monday, March 9, in the Fitness Center (541 N. Fairbanks Ct., Mezzanine Level) from 5:45 p. m. to 6:30 p.m. The class will be a mix of cardio and strength exercises designed to keep you moving and make you sweat. All levels are welcome.  

For more details contact Maggie Morrissy at mmorrissy@ric.org, 8-5001. 

Michigan A Capella Choir Entertains Patients, Staff

Members of the University of Michigan’s Amazin’ Blue A Capella Choir performed at RIC on Sunday for 35 patients and staff. 

Recreation Therapist Shanna King coordinated the event with the assistance of Whitney Lingafelter, Recreation Therapist. The choral group sang a capella versions of pop songs, along with choral standards and their award-winning rendition of “Till The Love Runs Out.” 

The choir is on a Midwest tour and stopped by RIC for the weekend performance.

Community Talk to Address Exercise and Parkinson Disease 

Join the RIC Fitness Center and Parkinson Wellness Recovery for a free community talk from Dr. Becky Farley, “Essentials for Individuals with Parkinson Disease (PD),” on March 6, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The talk will address the most recent research-based evidence, and advocates for exercise as a first line of defense in PD. It will include information to optimize brain health and learning, and to better address the motor, cognitive and emotional symptoms of PD. 

All are welcome to attend this event – individuals with Parkinson’s disease, family members, therapists, physicians, nurses and interested community members. To attend this free talk, please RSVP to Maggie Morrissy at mmorrissy@ric.org or 312-238-5001. The event will take place in the Fitness Center located at 541 N. Fairbanks Ct., Mezzanine level. There will be 30 minutes for questions with Dr. Farley after the talk.

Therapists: If you are interested in participating in the two-day instructor workshop with Dr. Farley from March 14-15 in the Fitness Center, please register at http://www.pwr4life.org/  Limited are spots available.

Webinar to Focus on Measurement in Spinal Cord Injury Care

Please join us for an upcoming webinar, “Spinal Cord Injury: Applying the Principles of Measurement to Care,” sponsored by the Center for Rehabilitation Outcome Research (CROR) and supported by a grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation, grant number 739 (PI: Linda Ehrlich Jones, PhD, RN). 

When: March 25, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Description: The focus of this webinar is to discuss how principles of measurement influence care provided to individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). The webinar will review concepts of reliability and validity, particularly in relationship to how these concepts inform clinical practice outcomes. Case studies drawn from work with spinal cord injured patients will be used to reinforce the application of material. 

Objectives:  At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify the meaning of reliability and validity. 
  2. Discuss how concepts of measurement are applicable in the assessment and care of patients with SCI. 
  3. Examine common clinical practice outcomes in relation to the principals of measurement. 

Cost: Free (First come, first served) 

Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQG8Q6F 

About the Speaker: Matthew Sorenson, PhD, APN, ANP-C,  is a resource nurse working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and associate professor in the School of Nursing at DePaul University. As part of his academic role, Dr. Sorenson teaches a course in Program Evaluation that is part of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice program.

Next House of Dreams Charity Raffle Drawing Coming Soon 

More early bird prizes are being raffled off this month for the Rotary House of Dreams Charity Raffle, benefitting RIC. 

To be eligible for this round of bonus prizes, tickets must be purchased by March 13. Bonus prizes include a Nissan Versa, a Harley Davidson 1200 custom motorcycle and a Kawasaki jet ski. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 13 to be eligible for the drawing. The early bird drawing will be on March 26. 

Early ticket purchasers also are eligible for the bonus spring drawing on April 30, as well as the grand prize drawing on May 28. For more 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 the Institute.

LIFE Center Resources for Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Please click here for some resources the LIFE Center is featuring this month.

RIC Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program Calendar of Events

Please click here for a full calendar of upcoming events.

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Events Scheduled for Brain Injury Awareness Month

Every year, 2.4 million people sustain a brain injury. The leading causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI) include falls and motor vehicle accidents, and  affect people of all ages. Throughout the month of March, the Brain Injury Program at RIC, along with the LIFE Center, will highlight events to educate and raise awareness about brain injury. 

Here’s what’s planned:  

Monday, March 9, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Please join us in the LIFE Center to hear Preya Tarsney, JD, speak on “Ethics of Social Media Engagement for Patients with TBI.” While you’re there, check out some of the great resources related to brain injury that the LIFE Center will be highlighting throughout the month, and network with local organizations that provide services and education for brain injury survivors. Representatives from The Brain Injury Association of Illinois, Synapse House and the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse will be in attendance, and will have resources on hand for patients, families and staff. 

On the same day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., David Farber will join us to exhibit his photography, and a wide range of his work will be available for purchase. David sustained a traumatic brain injury in 1981, and has since traveled the world pursuing his love of nature photography.  

Monday, March 16, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Patients with brain injuries and their families are invited to the 10th floor dining room to participate in a Peer Panel coordinated by the LIFE Center. Come meet some of our peer mentors who have “been there” to share insights, tips and transition strategies helpful in navigating the challenges of brain injury.

Call for Submissions for Art in Motion

Art in Motion, the annual fundraiser and art exhibition hosted by the RIC’s Associate Board, is now accepting submissions for the juried show this coming June.

Now in its 13th year, the exhibition features more than 100 emerging and established artists and benefits RIC’s Art Therapy program. 

Interested artists can visit the Art in Motion page for submission forms, as well as the Call for Artist Prospectus. Questions can be directed to Ali Ossyra at aossyra@ric.org or by calling 312-238-7693.

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 please refer to the 2015 Commuter FSA change planning document by clicking here.

Please email any questions to Benefits@ric.org.

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

Mohamed Almasri – Patient Care Technician, Nursing Flex Staff

Catherine Berger – Physical Therapist, Flex Staff

Stephanie Boyle – Physical Therapist, DayRehab, River North

Roshinda Bryant – Patient Care Technician, Brain Injury Unit

Czarina Carino – Patient Care Technician, Nursing Flex Staff

Seavana Garcia – Sports Program Intern

Paul Matter – Patient Care Technician, Nursing Flex Staff

Camelia Miller – Patient Care Technician, General Rehabilitation Unit

Amy Mitrano – Patient Care Technician, Nursing Flex Staff

Misuzu Naganuma – Registry Pharmacist - Temporary, Pharmacy

Angela Parsons – Senior Payroll Coordinator, Payroll

Corshea Pate – On-call Food Service Worker

Amisha Patel – Physician Assistant, Physician Practice

Christopher Polk – On-call Food Service Worker

Atiya Ray – Patient Care Technician, Nursing Flex Staff

Britney Shavers – Patient Care Technician, Nursing Flex Staff

Jordan Skowronski – Occupational Therapist, Flex Staff

Katherine Smailis – Sports Program Intern

Annette Trusty – Patient Care Technician, Nursing Flex Staff

Torshal Williams – Public Safety Officer, Security