IN THIS ISSUE:
Quality Fest Winners Announced
The Performance Improvement Department would like to thank all of the participants, judges and staff who took part in Quality Fest 2015 last week. We had 19 performance improvement projects from around the system of care, and we hope that all staff who attended were able to learn something new to take back to the front lines.
Please congratulate the winners for their great projects.
This year’s People’s Choice Award winners, by popular vote, are:
Alliance: “SOS: Save Our Skin” by Anna Sian (Advocate Illinois Masonic) and team.
RIC: “Bedside Nursing Shift Report” by Eileen French and team.
This year’s Judges’ Award Winners are:
1st place: “Room Prep Lean Event” by Svetlana Janssen and team.
2nd place: “Rx Station Optimization Project” by Ferdinand Medrano, Jason Lovero and team.
RIC Mourns the Loss of Two Long Time Team Members
We are very sad to tell you of the passing of Christine Jasch and Rita Witkowski.
Chris was a member of the RIC family for almost three decades, starting her professional career as an Occupational Therapist on November 30, 1987.
She was a tireless advocate for patients, and as aninstrumental member of the Assistive Technology Program played a key role in creating access to technology, ensuring her patients could gain independence and enhance their quality of life.
Chris developed a deep expertise in this highly specialized area and above all had a passion for sharing her knowledge so countless others could benefit.
Rita was a nurse on the 6th floor. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She joined RIC as a direct care nurse in 1995. She was compassionate and caring with her patients and a dedicated member of the team.
Both Chris and Rita will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts are with their families, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.
Loss of Limb Awareness Panel Discusses Experiences
Loss of Limb Awareness month events continued last week with a peer and professional panel that offered insights into navigating life with limb loss.
The panel included peers Regina Herron and Bradley Schwartz, along with RIC’s Matt Isherwood, PT, Kelly Lee, prosthetist, Dr. Christopher Reger, Anne Armstrong, OT, and Ari Graff, psychologist. The panel was moderated by Bridget Hahn, OT, and Dr. Mark Huang.
The audience was diverse, and included former patients, allied health and nursing staff members, students, prosthetists and others.
The discussion was rich and based on each patient’s unique experience. Thanks for everyone’s participation.
Central Credit Union to Visit RIC Next Week
A representative from the Central Credit Union of Illinois will be outside the Sprout Café on the second floor of the flagship on Tuesday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to answer questions and enroll new members.
If you join on April 28, the credit union will deposit the first $25 in your account. There are also many other offers, including a Visa Platinum with a $100 credit, along with mortgage refinancing options and loans for new and used cars.
And remember, membership is open to family members (by blood or marriage) of existing members. This credit union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration.
For more information on the credit union, visit their website at www.centralcu.org
RIC’s Wheelchair Basketball Teams Compete in National Tournament
RIC had three teams represented in the 67th Annual National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBA) in Louisville, Kentucky last week.
The RIC Hornets played in the highest level of the NWBA championship division. Despite wins against Alabama and San Diego, the Hornets finished with a tough loss to the Utah Jazz, settling for 10th place in the tournament. The Dallas Mavericks won the National Championship over the New York Knicks.
The Skyhawks youth varsity program qualified for its first national since it was formed in 2009, and took 9th place overall in the varsity division.
The Skyhawks youth prep program entered the national tournament as the number two seed, and faced a heartbreaking loss to Atlanta in the championship game.
For the full story and more photos, please click here.
April 2015 Compliance Corner: The Sunshine Act
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (commonly referred to as the “Sunshine Act”) requires drug and medical device companies to report payments and items of value given to physicians (residents are excluded) and teaching hospitals. The intent of the Sunshine Act is to help consumers make informed healthcare choices by providing the public with access to information about the financial relationships healthcare providers have with these companies.
Payments and items of value include: consulting fees, compensation for speaking, travel, meals, entertainment, gifts, royalties, education, research and ownership/investment interests. Drug and medical device companies track this information and report it to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”). CMS will then post the payment information on its public website on June 30, 2015. This is the second reporting cycle covering payments and items of value made during the entire calendar year 2014 (the first reporting cycle was for payments and items of value made from August 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013, with a public disclosure date of September 30, 2014).
Physicians and teaching hospitals do not have reporting obligations under the Sunshine Act. However, because drug and medical device companies will report specific information regarding payments made to RIC and its physicians, we have the opportunity to:
(1) Review the payment information reported by companies about RIC physicians by registering online via the CMS website.
(2) Make inquires with the companies and/or dispute data reported.
(3) Resolve discrepancies in payment information with companies during the 45-day review period, which started on April 6, 2015 and ends on May 20, 2015.
The RIC Corporate Compliance Office will work with our RIC physicians, the Physician Practice and Office of General Counsel to verify the accuracy of the payment information being reported. If you have any questions regarding the Sunshine Act and/or if you are specifically impacted, please contact the RIC Corporate Compliance Office at 312-238-1537.
Healthy Snacking Options at the Sprout Café
Feeling that afternoon slump? Tempted to reach for a candy bar? If you want to reach for something healthier instead, follow these guidelines for healthy snacking:
• Combine foods from more than one food group to get a good source of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber to help keep you full
• Snacks should have about 150-200 calories
• Aim for snacks that are lower in sugar, 10 grams or less per serving
• Reach for snacks that are lower in salt, less than 200 milligrams per serving
• Try to have four or more grams of fiber and five or more grams of protein
This week the Spout Café will have some additional snacks that meet these guidelines. Come visit us today or tomorrow to try our Greek yogurt parfait with homemade granola or our hummus, vegetable, and homemade pita chip platter.
Other items that are always available for healthy snacking in the Spout Café:
• Plain Greek yogurt
• Kind bars
• Luna bars
• Peanut butter with apple
• Peanut butter with banana
• NuGo Free Dark Chocolate Trail Mix Bar
• Skim milk or soy milk and a piece of fruit
Tips courtesy of Kelly Niemaszyk, Clinical Dietitian
Parkinson’s Resource Fair Coming Next Tuesday
In observance of April as Parkinson's Awareness Month, the annual Parkinson’s Resource Fair & Awareness Talks will take place on Tuesday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the flagship hospital lobby.
The Resource Fair will feature information on services offered by the RIC Center for Parkinson’s Rehabilitation and Northwestern Medicine Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. Therapists, advocates, educators, researchers and vendors will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.
For more information, please contact the LIFE Center at 312-238-5433.
Patient Experience (PE) Workshops
All employees are required to attend a Patient Experience Workshop, which was designed to provide 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.
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 email@example.com or at 312-238-7587.
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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