RIC Matters 2015-03-11 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2015-03-11

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

Winston Churchill

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RIC Hosts Brain Injury Awareness Month Events

Patients, friends, family members and employees took part in a lively discussion and enjoyed a beautiful photography exhibit by a former patient as part of RIC’s Brain Injury Awareness Month activities.

Representatives from the Brain Injury Association of Illinois, Synapse House and the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse were on hand to discuss their programs and services during the event, sponsored by the RIC Brain Injury Team and the LIFE Center.

Former RIC patient David Farber, who sustained a traumatic brain injury 33 years ago from a motorcycle accident that also left him paralyzed, visited the hospital with an exhibit of his nature photography and talked to RIC Matters about his newly released book, As Best I Can.

The book describes Farber’s experience after surviving the crash at age 28. He was in a deep coma for seven weeks and paralyzed from the neck down except for his right arm. Farber spent a year at RIC during his recovery.

Farber, who began taking photos at age 15, was unsure he would ever use a camera again after the accident. “I was afraid to do it,” he said. “Then I was home and saw my parrot in my back yard and decided to try to take a picture. I never stopped after that.”

Since then, Farber designed a frame to hold his camera and large lenses, and a system to fire the camera by sipping on a tube. His photos include stunning shots of wildlife from Glacier National Park to the wilds of Alaska. He continues to thrive as a wildlife photographer and travels across the country and around the world in pursuit of subjects.

Also at the LIFE Center on Monday, Preya Tarsney, JD, Bioethicist in the RIC Donnelly Ethics Program, led a lively discussion about the ethical issues that persons with cognitive impairments face when engaging in social media.

Many of those attending, including those who have sustained brain injuries, told Tarsney that they use some type of social media.

Ice Cream for Safety!

All RIC employees are invited to learn more about Patient Safety Awareness Week and enjoy a “safety” ice cream cone on Thursday, March 12, during the following times in the Heyworth Room: 

  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • 11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. (March 13)

Safety Scoop:

Communication is Essential to Patient Safety! 

SBAR Communication Technique:

SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) is an effective and efficient way to communicate important information. SBAR offers a simple way to help standardize communication and allows us to have common expectations related to what is to be communicated and how the communication  should be structured. Communication is essential for developing teamwork and fostering a culture of patient safety.

S=Situation (a concise statement of the problem)

B=Background (pertinent and brief information related to the situation)

A=Assessment (analysis and considerations of options — what you found/think)

R=Recommendation (action requested/recommended — what you want)

Source: Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

The Safety Event Form is now on your computer desktop! Just click the icon (pictured at left) and print.

If you have any questions, please contact Dana Nelson at 312-238-2877 or dnelson@ric.org

Seminars to Address Working with Individuals Living With a Disability

Many researchers work in a clinical setting, but do not have clinical training. The Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR) is pleased to announce a short series of brown bag seminars to address patient safety and care when participating in research studies.

RIC will offer its next Working with Individuals with a Disability brown bag seminar on Thursday, March 19, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Magnuson Auditorium. Meghan Fahey, PT, and Vince Nastav, PT, will teach different techniques for wheelchair transfer and additional assistance with activities of daily living that may be required when working with individuals with a disability.

A second day of training will be offered on Monday, March 23, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Heyworth rooms (East and West), where you will have the opportunity to practice the different transfer techniques.

If interested in attending, please contact Arielle Goldsmith at Agoldsmith@ric.org.

RIC Blackhawks Eliminated from Finals in Wirtz Cup Championship

The RIC Blackhawks fought hard to the end, but it wasn’t enough to make it to the finals of the Wirtz Cup Championship in sled hockey this past weekend.

The Blackhawks lost their shot at the title after a heated battle against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday that ended in an overtime shootout. The Blackhawks had taken the lead late in the third period after coming back from a 3-0 deficit. They were up 6-5 when the Avalanche tied the score with four minutes to play in the match.

 With the clock running out, the teams each sent out their best shooters for a penalty shoot out. Colorado’s final shooter scored for the win, ending the Blackhawks run at the Wirtz Cup and a League Championship. The Blackhawks took fourth place overall in the tournament after another loss to Colorado. St. Louis beat San Antonio in the championship game 3-1.

The Blackhawks will regroup and prepare for the National Competition hosted in Buffalo, NY on April 9-12.

RIC Sled Hockey Player Brody Roybal Named Inspirational Athlete of the Year

Brody Roybal, a member of the RIC Blackhawks as well as an Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. Sled Hockey Team, was named the March of Dimes Inspirational Athlete of the Year.

Roybal, 16, was honored during a ceremony at the Comcast Sportsnet Awards last week. Roybal, who is a bilateral amputee, gave an inspirational speech at the event, thanking his coaches at RIC, his family and the many people who have encouraged him over years.

"No matter what your disability is, you have the ability to achieve great things if you put your mind to it and never let anyone tell you you can't," Roybal told the audience. "Everyone can achieve their dreams. I'm an example of that."

To see a video of the award ceremony and Brody’s speech, click here.

Spring into New You with Weight Watchers

The Prince Family Esprit! Program is pleased to announce the next session of Weight Watchers at Work!

All RIC employees are invited to an Open House to see how Weight Watchers can help you be healthier, set personal wellness goals and achieve results. 

Weight Watchers at Work Open House Meetings will be held on the following days:

  • Tuesday, March 17, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in room 1609
  • Tuesday, March 24, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Magnuson Auditorium, 16th Floor

Remember, there are three ways to participate:

  • Employees can attend Weight Watchers meetings at the flagship hospital
  • Employees can attend Weight Watchers meetings at a local community Weight Watchers location
  • Employees can participate in Weight Watchers online

The cost of the 17-week Weight Watchers at Work Program is $186. RIC will subsidize 50% of the cost up front for in-person meetings and convenient payroll deductions are available for the remaining amount of $93. Cash, credit card or checks are acceptable forms of payment for the employee portion of $93 due at the Weight Watchers Open House. Payroll deduction forms will be available at both of the Weight Watchers Open Houses.

Upon successful completion of the program (80% or more weekly meeting attendance), the employee cost of $93 will be refunded via payroll. Employees who do not attend at least 80% of the weekly meetings, will not be eligible for reimbursement of the $93.

Reimbursement for attendance at a community site or online will be done via payroll as well. To learn more about how to be reimbursed for these options, or if you have any questions about participation in the Weight Watchers program, please contact Mary Devine at mdevine-ga@ric.org or 312-238-6290.

Farmer’s Table Coming to RIC

March is National Nutrition Month. In keeping with this year’s theme of “bite into a healthy lifestyle,” RIC’s Food Service Department will be hosting a farmer’s table featuring fresh and mouthwatering fruits and vegetables you may have never heard of before.

Come to RIC’s cafeteria on March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about these interesting fruits and vegetables. On that day, our very own Chef Armando will be busy transforming exotic fruits and vegetables into healthy delicious dishes that you can sample before purchasing from RIC’s Sprout Café.

This is a once a year special event - don’t miss it!

RIC Insider


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.

Early Bird Ticket Deadline Friday for Next House of Dreams Charity Raffle Drawing

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  are also 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 http://www.ricraffle.org. Be sure to mention RIC when you purchase, which will result in more funds coming to the Institute.

Webinar to Focus on Measurement in Spinal Cord Injury Care

Please join us on March 25 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for a 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.

The webinar is free and offered on first come, first served basis. To register, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQG8Q6F

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!

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