RIC Matters 2015-04-29 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2015-04-29

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Kids Have Fun While Learning at Take our Sons & Daughters to Work Day

Sixty children visited RIC for Take Our Sons & Daughters to Work Day last Thursday, a daylong event that combined fun-filled activities with interactive learning about living with disabilities.

Members of the LIFE Center staff, along with peer visitors, therapists and researchers presented talks, organized games and demonstrated some of the latest in rehabilitative technology, including robotics and mobility devices.

Among the highlights at the event was a surprise visit from Rick Lieber, PhD, AKA the “Mad Scientist.” Dr. Lieber gave a demonstration on the properties of liquid nitrogen which culminated in freezing a rose and shattering it into tiny pieces.

The children also got plenty of laughs as they were entertained by the antics of medical clowns Sarah Buckland (AKA Nanny Boo Boo) and Amanda Allen (AKA Rosy Applesauce) from RIC’s Humor Therapy Program.

LIFE Center team members provided interactive learning sessions about the types of conditions we treat at RIC, and brought in members of the Peer Mentor team to talk about living with disabilities. RIC research scientists Arun Jayaraman and Lori McGee demonstrated how a walking robotic exoskeleton suit worked.

The Therapeutic Recreation and Sports teams brought games for the kids to play, including ladder golf, bags, birdie golf and boccia ball. The kids also visited with Georgia the therapy dog, got a demonstration from the Canine Therapy Corps and learned about the construction of our new research hospital.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the event an educational and fun experience for the children of RIC staff.

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Teams Busy Creating Innovative Spaces for HBB Innovation Award Competition

The final competition for the annual Henry B. Betts, MD, Innovation Award Competition is coming up next month, and three teams are currently hard at work on their projects as the deadline nears.

The challenge this year is to create a unique “after hours” space for patients and families at RIC’s Ability Institute.

In the weeks leading up to the final competition on May 20, we’re going to introduce you to each team and give you a glimpse of what they are working on.

This week, we introduce you to the Conference Center Team, which includes (from left to right, top) Allison Todd, Joelle Johnson, Lisa Hilgenberg, Beth Reece; (seated) Ingrid Larson, Jillian Beemer; (not pictured) Ana Miskovic.

Here’s a summary from the team about its project:

To create an inspiring experience in the Conference Center, a seven-member interdisciplinary team came together to leverage their experience in therapeutic recreation, volunteer services, occupational therapy, the chaplaincy, and research.

The team took stock of their personal backgrounds, passion, and interests, and created an intricate web of inspiration. Guided by research evidence and a sense of adventure, the team created programming that fell into four constantly overlapping and interacting themes: education, media entertainment, wellness and the performing arts. Some of the programming would be internally sourced, pulling from the talent and ability within RIC. The rest would come from the outside community. But was it feasible? Would anyone be interested in bringing programming out of their own facilities and into the Ability Institute?

The team contacted a plethora of Chicago and national groups and institutions. The answer was a resounding YES! It was an eye-opening experience to see how much the community wanted to get involved.

Having plans to fill “after hours” with a mixture of stimulation, education, rejuvenation, and entertaining diversion, the team looked to transformation. The caliber of possible programming demanded that the space undergo repeated customizable metamorphoses. Guided by the state-of-the-art Ability Institute, the answer was in the union of art and science. With this technology driven transformation of the conference space, patients, their family and friends, staff, and the Chicago community will not simply attend these wonderful events, they will experience them.

Don’t miss the Final Show on May 20 at 3 p.m. to see a glimpse of the possibilities. We’ll introduce you to another team in next week’s RIC Matters.

Free White Sox Tickets!

Hey, baseball fans, the Chicago White Sox have generously donated 200 tickets to RIC employees.

Tickets will go fast, and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Employees may request one or two tickets.

Game Details: Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday, May 21, at 7:10 p.m.

To request a ticket(s) to the game, please email Mary Devine at Mdevine-ga@ric.org or call her at (312) 238-6290, beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 30, at noon.

In order to ensure that all shifts/locations have the same opportunity to participate, ticket requests will not be accepted before noon on Thursday. Managers, please post or announce this notice for any employees who do not have access to email.

If awarded a ticket(s), employees from the flagship can pick up their tickets in the HR Liaison Office, Room 1635 and employees from Onterie can pick up their tickets in the HR Office, Suite 1031, beginning on Tuesday morning. Employees at the clinic locations will receive their tickets via courier delivery. Employees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the game.

A special thank you to the White Sox for this donation!

Schwartz Center Rounds Next Week

The next Schwartz Center Rounds is next week. Please join us on Tuesday, May 5, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Heyworth rooms for the next Rounds where we will be discussing the topic of “Staying AMA.”

A multidisciplinary panel of Priya Mhatre, MD, Kellie Rush, MS, CCC-SLP, Linda Sassone, LCSW and Ellen Jo Suerth, BSN, RN, CRRN, ONC, will share their perspectives on the benefits and challenges of caring for patients who would like to stay at RIC against medical advice or AMA.

The panel will be followed by an audience discussion moderated by Debjani Mukherjee, PhD of RIC’s Donnelley Ethics Program.

Schwartz Rounds are a forum for staff to come together to explore and share the psychosocial and emotional aspects of caring for patients.

For more information about Schwartz Rounds, visit the site by clicking here.

These Rounds are open to all RIC employees and trainees. Lunch will be provided and continuing education credits are available for various disciplines.

Violinists Perform for Patients, Families

On Saturday, members of The Suzuki Violins of The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) performed for patients and families at RIC. The group is currently touring around Chicago in celebration of “100 Concerts in 16 Days."

RIC was fortunate to be one of the locations selected for a concert. Patients and family members came to the Heyworth rooms to relax and enjoy the classical performance.

The Music Institute of Chicago includes The Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA) which provides creative arts therapy to thousands of people annually with special physical and emotional needs. They visit more than 90 locations (including RIC twice a week) throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

RIC Nurse Finalist for GEM Awards Program

Beverley Tann, BSN, RN, CRRN, has been named as a regional finalist in the national Nursing Excellence GEM Awards Program.

Tann, who works with outpatients, is a finalist in the Greater Chicago area region for the Giving Excellence Meaning program, sponsored by Nurse.com, a national nursing publication. Nurses are nominated and selected by their peers in six categories. Tann was nominated in the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category.

A summary of her nomination states, “Tann’s broad knowledge base is critical in identifying patient and family needs, and then developing appropriate plans to meet those needs.” She was also described as a strong advocate for patients and families who works with the hospital’s departments and with the patients’ own communities to facilitate recovery.

The Greater Chicago Awards Event will be held in Chicago on May 8. For more information, please visit Nurse.com/GEM.

RIC’s Handcycling, RoadRacing Teams Kick Off Season

The RIC Handcycling and RoadRacing crew kicked off the competition season in Louisville this past weekend during the Kentucky Derby Festival.

On Saturday, two RIC RoadRacers competed in the Louisville Mini-Marathon with Bob Swanson finishing fourth and Adam Finney overcoming a double flat to finish in sixth place. The cyclers experienced wet conditions on the 13-mile course, which went along the banks of the Ohio River to Churchill Downs for a lap around the historic racetrack.

On Sunday, eight RIC handcyclists and coaching staff rode the “Tour De Lou,” a 35-mile ride winding throughout Louisville. The team will send 16 athletes to Grand Rapids in early May for the “River Bank Run 25K.”

The Handcycling and RoadRacing teams will practice every Tuesday and Thursday starting on May 19 at the 31st St. Beach harbor. The team rides or pushes up and down the lakefront path. To volunteer, please contact Derek Daniels, Manager of Adaptive Sports and Fitness Programs, at ddaniels@ric.org or (312) 238-5008.

Adaptive Rock Climbing Training Offered

Where: Brooklyn Boulders Chicago, 100 S. Morgan St., Chicago, 60607

When: Thursday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Who: Anyone interested in assisting individuals with a primary physical disability to improve their rock climbing skills.

Equipment is provided, and no experience is necessary. To register or for questions, contact Jason Stubbeman, jstubbeman@ric.org or(312) 238-5010.

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Patient Experience (PE) Workshops

All employees are required to attend Patient Experience Workshops, which are 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 May and 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.

RIC Sports & Fitness Calendar

For the latest information on sports and fitness events, please click here.

RIC Matters Submission Deadline

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if your articles are time sensitive to submit them as early as possible to: RICMatters@ric.org. Thanks!

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Welcome New RIC Team Members

Shavone Jackson – Call Center Representative

Bryan Johnson – Security Contractor

Carmen Koch – Visiting Scholar, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Brandon Kron – Security Contractor

Michael Justin McGraw – Occupational Therapist, Flex Staff

Margaret O’Connor – Occupational Therapist, River North DayRehab

Allison Roberts – Occupational Therapist, Flex Staff

Joel Sosa – Sous Chef, Food Service