RIC Matters 2015-04-15 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2015-04-15

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

Winston Churchill

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Crowds Gather to Watch Topping Off Ceremony

Though it was a bit foggy, windy and cool, RIC celebrated the ceremonial topping off of the Ability Institute last Tuesday.

Crowds gathered to watch the event outside, as well as through the windows inside the flagship hospital, as a construction crane raised the final steel beam to the top of the building. A short time later, canvas banners adorned with hundreds of signatures were unfurled from the building to celebrate the historic occasion.

Members of the RIC family--employees, patients and visitors--had filled the banners with messages of inspiration, hope and encouragement. Along with those touching messages, the banner reads: THE FUTURE IS HERE. The Ability Institute of RIC. capABLE, remarkABLE, unstoppABLE. Love, Hope, & Positivity! and Team RIC.

For those who were unable to attend the event, you can view a video of the banner unfolding by clicking here.

Caring for Kids Hosts Spring Break Camp

RIC’s Caring for Kids held its annual three-day Spring Break Camp last week with horseback riding, a visit to the Shedd Aquarium and a tour of Whole Foods.

On the first day of camp, participants visited Equestrian Connection in north suburban Lake Forest. The campers experienced therapeutic riding and art therapy to improve core balance, posture, flexibility and self-confidence. They also participated in hippotherapy, a form of physical, occupational and speech therapy in which a therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input.

During the second day of camp, the group ventured to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium where campers discovered a variety of aquatic creatures and watched the One World dolphin show. They learned about the various ocean life habitats while navigating to different exhibits at the Shedd.

On the last day, participants went on a tour of a Whole Foods store on the Near North Side. They learned about many different foods that promote healthy nutrition habits. The staff at Whole Foods also put together a food matching game in which campers had to identify and match the foods that they learned about.

Whole Foods graciously supplied participants and volunteers with lunch, and led the group through a cooking class that featured recipes for healthy snacks.

RIC Blackhawks Take Second Place at National Tournament 

The RIC Blackhawks made it to the final match in their division at the USA Disabled Hockey Festival in Buffalo, New York, this past weekend, but were edged out in a tough battle against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Hawks’ second place spot was nonetheless an impressive showing after a series of elimination games against four top notch teams.

The festival hosted more than 45 hockey teams from around the country, including special teams comprised of deaf and hard of hearing players and stand up amputee players. There was an exhibition of blind hockey and a division for military veteran players called "Warriors."

The Blackhawks battled fiercely in tournament play, showing grit and determination in marching back from a 4-1 deficit in their first game against the Northeast Passage to win 5-4. The team faltered in the second game losing to the Colorado Avalanche 7-2, but eventually beat the host team Buffalo Sabers 5-4 in an overtime shootout thriller that sent them to the Final Four. In the semi-final matchup, the Hawks defeated conference rival St. Louis Blues 5-2 to reach the championship game against the Avalanche.

The Hawks started out slowly as Colorado jumped to a 2-0 lead. But the Hawks were relentless, and tied the game at 2 goals apiece late in the second period. The speed of the Avalanche would prove to be too much for the Hawks, as Colorado’s forwards sneaked past the Hawks’ defense for a goal in the third, and added another goal late in the game to nail the win.

Congratulations to the RIC Blackhawks on a valiant season and a great run on their second place national finish.

Girls in the Game Visits RIC Fitness Center

RIC welcomed members of Girls in the Game’s Teen Squad to the Fitness Center last Friday for "Leader to Leader" interviews, as well as a session in adapted Zumba.

Leader to Leader interviews are information sessions led by members of the Teen Squad to help people explore the steps needed to seek a specific career. The teens also discussed how teamwork is as important in the workplace as it is on the field.

During their visit, the teens also spoke to participants about the benefits of sports for girls, as well as discussed the lack of access to programs that promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

The mission of Girls in the Game is to provide and promote sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education and leadership development to enhance the overall health and well-being of girls.

For more information about Girls in the Game, visit their website by clicking here.

Occupational Therapists Occupied With OT Month Activities

OTs will be busy learning about and sharing unique aspects of their practice this week as OT Month continues. Locally, Sarah Zera and Mary Pearson will be presenting an occupation-based OT intervention to standardize cognitive intervention training at RIC that integrates the primary philosophy of OT.

Nationally, OTs will be presenting at the upcoming AOTA conference. Kristi Turner will be presenting her work on developing Training Techniques for Two Novel Technologies Benefiting Upper-Limb Prosthetic Users. Piper Hansen will present on her research collaborations with Northwestern University’s PT program and Rush University’s OT program. Lori Bravi will present on the Implications for OT Practice: Does Botulinum Toxin Decrease Pain and Lessen Disability in the Hemiplegic Shoulder? Good luck to all of the presenters and thank you for representing RIC OTs.

Below is a list of additional events that will occur throughout OT Month:

  • Educational booth on OT and the technology OT uses on April 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the RIC lobby
  • OT educational workshop on leadership with Nancy Blair on April 21. From 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Magnuson Auditorium, 16th Floor of the flagship building.
  • OT volunteer opportunity with Rebuilding Together on April 25. To view a flyer with more information, please click here.
  • Social event for OTs and their friends/family at Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, 41 E. Superior St., on April 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. Please email Sarah Gallik at sgallik@ric.org if you plan to attend and haven’t RSVP’d yet.

Even Jeopardy got in the OT Month spirit last week. Check out the video by clicing here and see if you can correctly answer these Occupational Therapy questions.

RIC Insider


Last Day to Register for Take our Daughter & Sons to Work Day!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to create fun memories with your children and grandchildren here at RIC on April 23.

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: Today, April 15

Space is limited!

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

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

Patient Experience (PE) Workshops

The following is 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.

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.

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Welcome New RIC Team Members

Naomi Chalew – Physical Therapist, Spine & Sports Rehabilitation Center

Barbara Cunningham – Registry - Spanish Interpreter

Laura Falgoust – Human Resources Representative

Melissa Heft – Occupational Therapist, Flex Staff

Megan Hufnagel – Physical Therapist, River North DayRehab

Kaitlin Kolka – Registry – Speech & Language Pathologist, Flex Staff

Bridget Krahl – Registry – Spanish Interpreter

Fang-Ling Lin-Millman – Registry-Occupational Therapist, Willowbrook Outpatient Clinic

Erick Martinez – Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

John McElroy – Plumber/Welder, General Building

Daniel Pinto – Registry – Physical Therapist, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Laura Reuther – Human Resources Representative

Vanessa Wade – Physical Therapist, Flex Staff

Erin Wambangco – Admission Liaison, Referral Development

Kristin Will – Occupational Therapist, Medically Complex Unit

Xingang Zhao – Visiting Scholar, Spine & Sports Rehabilitation Center