RIC Matters 2015-04-07 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2015-04-07

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Witness RIC History Today During Topping Off Ceremony

Witness a piece of RIC history this morning as we unfurl our commemorative banners at the “Topping off” ceremony of the new Ability Institute. The colorful banners, inscribed by employees, patients, family and friends, will be displayed on the north side of the new building. They will be unfurled about 11:40 a.m.

Be sure to look out the south windows of the flagship hospital or watch the event outside if you can. All employees will need to check with their managers to ensure coverage during this time

Today’s “Topping off” ceremony celebrates placement of the final steel beam in the frame. Marking this occasion and signing the final beam are meant to bring good luck to the future life of the building. The banners will serve as our RIC family “beam.”

For those unable to attend the topping off event, we will have video link available in next week's RIC Matters.

Loss of Limb Awareness Month Kicks off with Potluck Event

Loss of Limb Awareness Month kicked off at the beginning of April with a collaborative potluck meal and information session for clinicians and researchers.

Poster presentations and innovations in prosthetic devices were on display throughout the 16th floor. Researchers, nursing staff and allied health clinicians shared knowledge of their respective areas of expertise during the event.

Loss of Limb Awareness events will continue throughout April with a panel discussion on April 16 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Heyworth rooms, and a Phantom Pain Education session on April 21 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the 6th floor day room.

If you have any questions, please contact Bridget Hahn, OT, Program Specialist at bhahn@ric.org.

Important Information Regarding Bike Storage

Please keep in mind that if you bike to work, you have three options for bike storage:

Monthly Rentals: Nine of the 18 bike lockers on the east plaza of 345 East Superior Street are designated for monthly rental. Lockers may be rented from Security for up to three consecutive months at $10 per month. These monthly rentals are available to be reserved on a first come, first served basis. If more than nine employees request a monthly rental during a given month, names will be added to a waiting list and those employees will receive first priority for the next available month of rental. Payment for the monthly locker rental will be through payroll deduction and will include a one-time $20 deposit for the locker key. The deposit will be refunded if the key is returned when your locker rental period is complete. If you’re interested in renting a monthly locker, please contact Sharon Deramus via email at sderamus@ric.org or at 312-238-6211.

Daily Rentals: Nine lockers on the east plaza are available for first come, first served daily use at no cost. To reserve a daily-rental locker, visit the Security desk on the first floor of the hospital the morning you bike to work to pick up the key and return it to the Security desk at the end of your shift. Please note: Failure to return the key at the end of your one-day rental will result in a one-month waiting period until you are eligible to rent either a monthly or a daily locker again. If no daily rental lockers are available, you can lock your bike on the east plaza bike rack between the bike lockers. Please remember to bring a bike lock with you each day you ride to work so you can be sure to secure your bike regardless of which option is available.

Bike Storage: You may also choose to rent space in Northwestern’s bike storage room in the Erie Ontario parking garage. The annual cost for renting space in the bike storage room is $25 and space can only be rented in one-year increments. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. If you choose this option, you will need to bring a bike lock to secure your bike within the bike storage room. If you’re interested in this option, please call 312-503-1103. You may also sign up at the Parking and Transportation Office at Abbott Hall, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive, suite 100.

For specific questions and more information about our bike storage, please contact Sharon Deramus at 312-238-6211.

Parkinson’s Resource Fair Coming to RIC on April 28

In observance of April as Parkinson's Awareness Month, the annual Parkinson’s Resource Fair & Awareness Talks will take place on April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the flagship hospital.

We welcome participation from those in our community and surrounding areas with Parkinson’s disease and their families or caregivers. We also extend the invitation to RIC staff members interested in learning more about Parkinson’s disease, treatment options and resources.

This year’s community outreach event, “Technology Breakthroughs that Move You,” focuses on advancements in technology and how this technology can be used for continuing wellness and promoting ability. The Awareness Talks address this year’s focus and take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Heyworth Rooms on the 2nd floor.

The Resource Fair is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the RIC lobby, and will feature information on services offered by the RIC Center for Parkinson’s Rehabilitation and Northwestern Medicine Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. There will be therapists, advocates, educators, researchers and vendors on hand to provide information and answer questions.

For more information, please contact the LIFE Center at 312-238-5433.

RIC Blackhawks “On the Ice” at the United Center

The RIC Blackhawks were “On the Ice” at the United Center on Sunday with the “A” and “B” RIC Sled Hockey Teams playing a thrilling scrimmage game for family, friends and RIC enthusiasts.

Coaches included Patrick Byrne (recently retired longtime RIC Blackhawks Sled Hockey player, coach, Paralympic Gold Medalist 2002 and inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame), Ramon Calderon (another recently retired longtime RIC Blackhawks Sled Hockey player) and Bob Roybal , RIC Blackhawks Equipment Manager.

The action on the ice from the hockey players was fast paced, agile, and demonstrated great athletic ability. It was a tough, well played game with the Red Team beating the White Team 6-4. Athletes who participated included Brody Roybal and Kevin McKee, who are both on the USA Men’s National Sled Hockey Team and are Gold Medal Paralympians from the 2014 Paralympics.

Also on the ice was Erica Mitchell, a member of the USA Women’s National Sled Hockey Team, a National Gold Medal recipient from the 2014 inaugural World Women’s Sled Hockey Competition and an inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The United Center RIC Blackhawks Sled Hockey Game was a spectacular athletic event as it is each year. All of the athletes and supporters remained at the United Center to take in the Chicago Blackhawks game afterward.

Therapeutic Recreation Accompanies Patient to RIC Blackhawks Game

RIC Patient Chad Guenther, accompanied by the Therapeutic Recreation Department, recently cheered on the RIC Blackhawks as they fought for a 2-1 win over the USA Warriors Sled Hockey team last month.

The Warriors are mostly soldiers from Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

Chad was able to focus on goals such as community mobility, overall strength and endurance and dynamic balance. He also learned about accessibility in the community.

The RIC Blackhawks played at Johnny’s Ice House in Chicago.

Webinar to Address Outcome Measurements for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Please join us for an upcoming webinar sponsored by the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes 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: May 15, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Description:  When a patient is in rehabilitation, it is essential to measure progress and capture change resulting from an intervention. How to select an outcome measure can be a challenging process, as there are so many from which to choose. This webinar will describe the process that the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) EDGE Taskforce of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) utilized to recommend outcome measures for use in the SCI population to assist researchers and clinicians in their practice. The webinar will provide examples of how to utilize their recommendations and provide examples across each International Classification of Function (ICF) domain.  Additionally, gaps in areas of outcome measurement in SCI rehabilitation will be discussed.


  1. Describe the process of the SCI EDGE Taskforce to make recommendations for use of outcome measures in the SCI population.
  2. Identify recommended outcome measures to use with individuals with SCI across all ICF domains.
  3. Identify appropriate outcome measures to integrate into your clinical practice when treating individuals with SCI.
  4. Identify the gaps in areas of outcome measurement in SCI rehabilitation.

Learning Level: This is an intermediate level webinar. Participants should have a baseline knowledge of outcome measures, psychometric properties, classification of SCI, and treatment and rehabilitation of SCI.

Cost: Free (limited number of registrations)

Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3B7M5R3

About the Speaker: Jennifer Kahn, PT, DPT, NCS, is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, and practices as a clinical physical therapist. She received her board certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2007, and has been working with individuals with SCI throughout her career both clinically and in research.  Jennifer served as the chair of the American Physical Therapy Neurology Section SCI EDGE Taskforce, a group that is responsible for recommending outcome measures for educators, researchers, and clinicians to use with individuals with SCI.

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Patient Experience (PE) Workshops

Here's what some of your colleagues are saying about the Patient Experience training sessions:

“This is useful not only at the job but in life.”  “I enjoyed the open discussions among employees of all areas…to better understand how we are all working together to enhance the patient experience.” “I really think it was three hours of well spent time.” 

The PE Education Seminar was designed to provide employees with continuing skill development to enhance the patient and employee experience. We want our patients’ and employees’ experience to reflect the RIC core values: commitment to excellence, compassion, hope, discovery and collaboration.  Service culture is at the heart of the work that all of us at RIC do every day – the PE sessions are opportunities to advance that service culture and to use evidence-based methods and practices to sustain excellence.

To date, approximately 800 RIC staff members have attended. The three-hour sessions are for all employees, and you can register for a session at the flagship through the Learning Management System (LMS). Classes for April through June are available for registration now.

If you have any questions, please contact your manager or Kathy Galvin at kgalvin@ric.org or at 312-238-7587.

Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day Registration

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 Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Space is limited!

You can pick up a packet in the HR Liaison Office, room 1635, in the flagship or at the HR Department, Onterie Building, suite 1031.

For any questions/concerns, contact Mary Devine at 312-238-6290 or mdevine-ga@ric.org.

Quality Fest 2015 Next Week

The Performance Improvement (PI) Department invites you to join us and your colleagues at Quality Fest 2015 on Wednesday, April 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Heyworth rooms. The Judges’ Award will be announced from 12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the People’s Choice Award will be announced in RIC Matters on April 22. Come see how your colleagues are improving RIC one step at a time!

Please contact Dave Brewington at 312-238-6191 or dbrewingto@ric.org, or Tabitha Pearsall at 312-238-2904 or tpearsall@ric.org if you have questions about Quality Fest 2015.

Adaptive Sailing Lessons Available

You’re invited to come learn about adaptive sailing and racing in a program sponsored by the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation.

Sessions will be held on Thursday, April 9, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 20, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the RIC Sports and Fitness Center, 541 N. Fairbanks, Mezzanine Level.

Call 312-238-5001 for more information.

Volunteers Needed For Caring For Kids Summer Camp

Caring for Kids will soon be hosting its annual summer camp and needs volunteers to assist with Caring for Kids participants. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.

There will be two sessions. Session I: July 6-17 (Participants ages 7-12). Session II: July 27-August 7 (Participants ages 12-17)

If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering, please contact Ashley Gruenwald at agruenwald@ric.org  or 312-238-5005 to find out what the additional requirements are to become a volunteer.

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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