RIC Matters 2015-03-25 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2015-03-25

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Winston Churchill

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Certified Nurses Recognized for Achieving Professional Milestone

RIC’s certified nurses got a surprise visit and a token of appreciation when Laura Ferrio, VP, Patient Care Services & Nurse Executive, and Patricia Murphy, Associate Chief Nurse Executive, stopped by their units last Thursday during Certified Nurses Day.

Each year, Certified Nurses Day honors nurses who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty.

Ferrio and Murphy dropped by patient units to show their appreciation and present our certified nurses with a special pin.

Certification affirms advanced knowledge, skill and practice to meet the challenges of modern nursing. Certified Nurses Day is also the perfect opportunity to invite all nurses to advance their careers by choosing certification.

Click here to for a list of RIC nurses who have achieved this professional milestone.

Registration Begins Thursday for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day foundation encourages bringing children into the workplace in order to learn about the organizations their parents work for and to explore the many life choices they have. RIC is thrilled to be taking part in this event.

Who: Employee children/grandchildren, first grade through high school

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Location: 345 E. Superior, Heyworth East & West

Registration Opens: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Space is limited!

Pick up your registration packet Thursday, March 26, in the hospital lobby from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

After Thursday, you may pick up your packet in the HR Liaison Office, room 1635 in the flagship, or at the HR Department, Onterie Building, suite 1031.

If you have  any questions, please contact Mary Devine at 312-238-6290 or mdevine-ga@ric.org.

Attention Shuttle Bus Riders

Due to construction, the Union Station Shuttle pick-up and drop-off location is temporarily relocated to the northwest corner of Clinton Street and Jackson Boulevard, effective today. When you exit Union Station at Clinton Street, cross the street and walk one block to the left (see map).

This change will be in effect until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.


 RIC Honored For Supporting Employee’s Military Service

David Reyes, a member of the Navy Reserves, has been called to serve overseas six times since he began working at RIC in 1999. Each time he returned from his tours of duty, RIC has welcomed him back.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense recently honored Reyes’ supervisors, Leslie Walker and Margie Gauthier, on behalf of RIC, with a “Patriotic Employer” award.

The award, according to David, “recognizes my supervisors who have been supportive in my military career and most importantly my tours of duty in support of the war.”

Thank you, David, for your service to our country.

March is Social Work Month

At RIC our Social Workers or, as we refer to them, Care Managers, provide unique and vital social services to our patients and their families who are facing challenging medical issues.  More often than not, when a patient and family arrive at RIC, it is here that they first  come to understand the patient’s medical issues.

No matter the challenge, not a day goes by for our Care Managers that isn’t rewarded by making a significant difference in the lives of others. Much of the work that the Care Managers do here at RIC is done behind the scenes, but that work is meaningful and goes a long way to ensure a safe and seamless transition home. Every patient and every case are unique and special.

Thank you to all of our social workers for your dedication and advocacy for the patients and families we are privileged to serve. You are integral to the work that is done here at RIC. 

Dan Landsman

Director, Operations Inpatient Access, Care Management and Utilization Review

Farmer’s Table Offers Tasty Produce

Employees, patients and visitors got a taste of some exotic, nutritious fruits and vegetables last week when the Sprout Café hosted a farmer’s table in the cafeteria.

Chef Armando Serrano also prepared some delicious side dishes for purchase at the Café, including Okinawan sweet potato salad and an apple and organic watermelon-radish with feta and walnut salad.

As we look forward to the warmer months ahead, more locally grown produce will be coming with an expanded farmer’s market hosted by the Sprout Café. Look for upcoming dates in RIC Matters.

March Compliance Corner: Medical Interpreter Services at RIC

The Illinois Language Assistance Services Act requires hospitals to implement policies and procedures to help facilitate communication among patients, families and staff where language or communication barriers exist.

Interpreter Services at RIC are provided at no cost to the patient, the patient's caregiver and/or the patient's legally authorized representative. For a complete explanation of interpreter services from Corporate Compliance, please click here. 

Peer Panel Addresses Brain Injuries

As part of Brain Injury Awareness Month, The LIFE Center recently coordinated a peer panel with new and seasoned peer mentors from the Brain Injury Program. The peer mentors shared their experiences as inpatient as well as their ongoing recovery process with their family and members of the community.

Almost 25 participants, including family members and patients, attended the event in the 10th floor dining room. They were able to ask questions and get insight from others who have been in similar situations.

Holy Day Services Schedule

Pre-Passover Healing Service - April 1, 2015, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feinberg Pavilion, Conference Room C, Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The Seder will be conducted by Rabbi Edmund Winter. Cost is $35 per person. Please reserve by calling Spiritual Care Department of RIC, 312 238-1200.

Palm Sunday - Christian Worship Service, March 29, 2015. 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., RIC Chapel, South Mezzanine.

Catholic Mass - Commemoration Of The Last Supper, Tuesday evening, March 31, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., RIC Chapel, South Mezzanine.

Good Friday Service (Tenebrae) - Friday, April 3, 2015, 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., RIC Chapel, South Mezzanine.

Easter Sunday Worship Service - April 5, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., RIC Chapel, South Mezzanine.

For additional information or assistance, please contact the Spiritual Care Department of RIC, (312) 238-1200.

Spring into a New You!

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

Weight Watchers can help you be healthier, set personal wellness goals and achieve results. 

Weight Watchers at Work Meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the flagship or Onterie location.

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 pay  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 also acceptable forms of payment for the employee portion of $93 due at the first Weight Watchers meeting on Tuesday, March 31st. Payroll deduction forms will be available at  the first meeting.

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

Basic Life Saving Course Offered

The Prince Family Esprit! Program is pleased to offer the Family & Friends Basic Life Saving training through the American Heart Association. The Family & Friends 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 Thursday, May 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration in advance is required and is done 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 Mary Devine at mdevine-ga@ric.org or 312-238-6290.

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Get Fit With Employee Boot Camp

The RIC Fitness Center is holding a free boot camp class for employees on Mondays from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Employees must be active members of the Fitness Center ($10/month).  For more details, please contact Maggie Morrisy at 312-238-5001 or by email at mmorrissy@ric.org.

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 be changing soon. 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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