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RIC Matters-2015-05-20

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

Winston Churchill

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Employees Participate in Wheelchair Skills Assessment, Training

A group of 20 physical and occupational therapists from RIC’s inpatient programs recently participated in a Wheelchair Skills Assessment and Training Workshop.

The workshop, led by visiting instructors Dr. Lee Kirby and Cher Smith, provided an opportunity for the clinicians to learn the Wheelchair Skills Program (WSP), an evidence-based evaluation and training program designed for wheelchair users and their caregivers.

This low tech, high impact program is designed to help practitioners optimize the safety and maneuverability challenges that face wheelchair users and their caregivers.

The daylong workshop provided opportunities for staff to experience a wide range of wheelchair skills, including spotting techniques and assessment methods. Practical training focused on both “tricks of the trade” and motor-skills-learning principles.

Special thanks go to the Inpatient SCI Program, SCI Model Systems research staff and the RIC Academy for the collaborative effort in creating this spectacular learning opportunity for our staff.

OTs Get to Work on National Rebuilding Day

Some handy RIC occupational therapists recently partnered with Rebuilding Together in the Chicago area for National Rebuilding Day.

The OTs spent the day painting, providing organizational assistance and building bathroom modifications such as grab bars. They also offered recommendations for homeowner safety and training on tub transfers and bathroom equipment.

Each April, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and Rebuilding Together team up to provide volunteer services to repair and rebuild homes, and to educate the public on ways that occupational therapy practitioners address individuals' needs for independent living.

Rebuilding Together is a national organization that preserves and revitalizes houses and communities through more than 250 local affiliates. More than 73,000 homes have been repaired and rehabilitated by volunteers. AOTA and Rebuilding Together work toward mutual goals of raising visibility, actively participating in communities and promoting home safety and independence.

To learn more about the AOTA and Rebuilding Together partnership, visit the organization’s web site by clicking here.

Please Participate in Safety Survey

The Patient Safety Survey is now available for all RIC team members. Please take time to complete this survey. Your feedback is valuable.

Characteristics of a strong culture of safety include reporting, discussing and learning from our errors and safety events, encouraging and practicing teamwork, identifying potential problems and celebrating staff for improving safety rather than punishing them for errors.

In order to adopt a proactive approach to patient safety, we’d like your help in evaluating our culture of safety. We need to evaluate our commitment to patient safety by learning from you and comparing ourselves to other hospitals.

By participating, we can learn about your concerns and find opportunities for improving patient safety at RIC. You may access the survey by clicking here, or by completing a paper copy which will be sent to managers.

The survey will remain open through June 12. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Nelson, Director, Patient Safety, at dnelson@ric.org.

RIC Therapists Publish Guide on Classifying Pain

Two RIC therapists, Melissa Kolski and Annie O’Connor, have authored a newly published book called A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain.

The book offers a unique path to better outcomes for patients with musculoskeletal pain, and is based on more than 16 years of research and clinical observation.

Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT, is an education program manager and practicing clinician with a specialty interest in spine care and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. O’Connor, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT, is Corporate Director of the Musculoskeletal Practice and Clinical Manager of the River Forest Spine and Sport Center at RIC.

Patient education materials, case study examples, summary charts and clear classification guidelines are included to assist clinicians and patients in identifying and treating musculoskeletal pain. For more information about the book, please click here.

Discounted Tickets for Art in Motion Available to RIC Employees

RIC employees are eligible to buy discounted tickets to the Opening Night Awards & Celebration of Art in Motion on June 11.

Tickets for employees are $50, a savings of $25 off the regular price. The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Northwestern University's Lurie Center Ryan Family Atrium, 303 E. Superior St. Chicago, IL 60611.

To purchase discounted tickets, please contact Ali Ossyra at aossyra@ric.org or 312-238-7693, or Liz Wayne at ewayne@ric.org or 312-238-3360.

Art in Motion is a fundraiser and art exhibition hosted by RIC’s Associate Board. It brings together the thriving art and philanthropy communities of Chicago to support art therapy.

Guests will enjoy food, drinks, dancing and live art demonstrations. James Rondeau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Art Institute of Chicago, will award three prizes ranging from $500 to $2,000 to the most outstanding works submitted by hundreds of artists from around the country.

Artwork from professional and patient artists will be displayed on opening night through June 18. Proceeds benefit RIC’s Art Therapy program.

Compliance Corner for May

At RIC, we value open lines of communication. Employees are encouraged to report compliance questions or concerns directly to their supervisor, manager, director, Human Resources (312-238-6297), a member of the Compliance Department (312-238-1537 or compliance@ric.org), and/or an attorney in the Office of General Counsel (312-238-1537).

You can also call our external Compliance Hotline at 1-800-273-8452 to voice your concerns confidentially. Be assured that you will not face retaliation or disciplinary action for reporting something in good faith through any of these channels.

For a complete version of this month’s Compliance Corner, please click here.

New System for Coding Diagnosis Coming Soon

Beginning on October 1, healthcare providers, including RIC, will be required to implement a new system for coding diagnoses. The new system, known as “ICD-10,” is the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, which is published by the World Health Organization.

RIC has been preparing for the transition to ICD-10 for many months. A multi-disciplinary ICD-10 Steering Committee, reporting to Peggy Kirk and Ed Case, has been overseeing initiatives with respect to training, communications, operations, and change management plans to help ensure a smooth transition to the ICD-10 system.

Certain members of the RIC team will be impacted more by the ICD-10 transition than others. All RIC physicians and other clinicians who document patient diagnosis will receive online training. For the full story and details of the transition, please click here. For additional information regarding the implementation of ICD-10, please email ICD-10@ric.org.

Improving Communications Skills

As Better Speech and Hearing Month continues, the LIFE Center is offering a handout called “Workplace Communication Skills: Helpful Hints.” These hints for patients and employees can help to increase efficiency and success in the fast paced setting in which we work. To access the handout, please click here.

RIC Insider


Information Session: Exercise and Cancer Treatment

What: The Essentials of Exercise during and After Cancer Treatment

When: May 27, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: RIC’s Health and Fitness Center - 541 N. Fairbanks Ct., Mezzanine Level

The session is open to all who have been affected by cancer – patients
and families. To register for this free session and for questions, please call

Bike to Work Week Coming Next Month

The Prince Family Esprit! Program is pleased to announce its second annual Bike to Work Week. In conjunction with Chicago’s Bike Commuter Challenge, RIC’s Bike to Work week is from June 12-19.

In addition to participating in Chicago’s Bike Commuter Challenge, RIC’s Prince Family Esprit! Program will sponsor events and giveaways throughout the week, including a raffle for a bike helmet, Fitbit, and more.

Click here to register for Bike to Work Week. Select “Join a Team” and type Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago under the Team Name. Then, select “Join.”

For more information about RIC’s Bike to Work Week, please contact Laura Falgoust in Human Resources at lfalgoust@ric.org or 312-238-6238.

RIC Sports & Fitness Calendar

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

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 ensitive to submit them as early as possible to: RICMatters@ric.org. Thanks!

Superior Street Sprout Café Menu

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Welcome New RIC Team Members

Darius Ansari – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program
Rafi Ayub – Research Intern, Center for Bionic Medicine
Katherine Block – Rehab Aide, Homewood
Amanda Bogle – Intern, Office of General Counsel
Rebecca Cunningham – Student, Galvin Fitness Center
Lily Marie Del Valle – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program
Dominic Heelan – Sports Intern, Wirtz Sports Program
Ricardo Lara – Student, Galvin Fitness Center
James Leventis – Intern, Office of General Counsel
Gabriela Marquez – Physical Therapist, Pediatrics Outpatient
Annie Ragen – Speech & Language Pathologist, Assistive Tech
Matthew Rauner – Research Intern, Center for Bionic Medicine
Erin Richards – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program
Erine Rodriguez – Student, Galvin Fitness Center
Gregory Rupp – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program
Aidy Segura – Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program
Shouvik Sarkar – Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program
Kristin Schmidt – Occupational Therapist, Pediatrics Outpatient
Dominique Smith – Senior Internal Auditor, Internal Audit
Alexandria Sondgeroth – Sports Intern, Wirtz Sports Program
Stephanie Toth – Intern, Office of General Counsel
Adelina Voukadinova – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program