RIC Matters 2015-05-27 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2015-05-27

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Team edAbility Wins HBB Innovation Awards with Tasty Presentation

Team edAbility took the top prize at last week’s Henry B. Betts, MD, Innovation Award Competition, impressing the judges with its vision for cafeteria dining and wowing them with a sampling of some freshly made treats including cucumber margaritas (alcohol free) and guacamole.

In announcing the winning team, Dr. Joanne C. Smith said the team's proposal “beautifully integrated” the needs of patients, staff and the community and reflected RIC’s mission and values.

Dr. Smith noted that all three teams presented ideas worth incorporating into the Ability Institute. “The creativity was extraordinary,” Dr. Smith said. “Everything we saw today was truly terrific.”

Members of Team edAbility collaborated to create programming for the new cafeteria that features a variety of themed holidays, international events, seasonal foods, foods of the month and special events geared to celebrate educational awareness months and national holidays. One of the team’s ideas was to create cooking competitions at RIC like those popular on television.

Team edAbility’s members included Megan Kopfensteiner, Julie Fuith-Costa, Jessica Braun, Jillian Beemer, Jan Humenik, Katie Hartoin, Armando Serrano and Nicole Sedam. “Our purpose is to use food as a vehicle to educate, entertain, and create a dynamic space and approach to after hours at RIC,” Hartoin said.

During their final presentation, the team celebrated Cinco De Mayo with Chef Serrano preparing a fresh guacamole, which audience members sampled, along with the cucumber margaritas. They also displayed a “Blender Bike” and a “fine dining restaurant.”

The other teams put forth exciting and innovative proposals as well. Team Ability’s proposal included ways to use the Ability Lab space for adaptive sports and exercise programs. The Conference Center Team proposed transforming the conference space to host programs that would educate, entertain and celebrate patients, family and staff.

The HBB Innovation Awards has been a great opportunity for RIC team members to get together to create projects that can have an impact on the Ability Institute and how it will be used.

“It’s really unbelievable how far this has gone,” said Barry Fleischer, who served as master of ceremonies for the event. “Kudos to all the teams. Everyone has really done an outstanding job.”

Dr. Smith added, “I love the shape this has taken during the last few years. There couldn’t be a better way to work as a team and think outside the box and putting arms around a collective problem. “

For more photos from the HBB Innovation Awards Final Show, please click here.

Amanda Jackson Honored with Prince Family Esprit! Award

Amanda Jackson, a Patient Care Technician on the 5th floor, was honored last Friday with the Prince Family Esprit! Award for her exceptional dedication to patient care. Jackson has worked as a Patient Care Technician in Pediatrics at RIC since 2007.

Liz May, an Occupational Therapist who has worked closely with Jackson, submitted an Esprit! Thank You card after Jackson sprung to action to help her in a difficult situation. In May’s note, she wrote that Jackson “consistently goes above and beyond. She is one of the kindest, most dedicated PCTs and always develops instant rapport with all of her patients.”

She also stated that Jackson “is always empathetic, puts her patients first, and is eager to help. She is an amazing co-worker and takes exceptional care of her patients!”

The Esprit! Award, sponsored by the Prince Family Esprit! Program at RIC, enables staff to recognize colleagues who demonstrate our Core Values and who surpass goals, exceed expectations, or volunteer to assist others beyond their regular job duties.

Jackson was presented the award by Pat Murphy, Associate Chief Nurse; Dr. James Sliwa, Chief Medical Officer; Kathy Stevens, Director, Nursing Education & Staff Development; and Mary Beth Eggers, Nurse Manager. Congratulations, Amanda!

Access Living Offers Services through Outreach Program

The Home and Community Ombudsman Program at Access Living connected with more than 40 patients and RIC staff last week during an outreach event to showcase their services for people with disabilities, as well as for seniors.

Access Living provides assistance through a federal grant from the Illinois Department on Aging's Long-term Care Ombudsman program. Staff members can call the toll free number at 312-640-2152, or email ombudsman@accessliving.org, if they need assistance with an inpatient or outpatient.

Strategies to Prevent Hearing Loss

As Better Speech and Hearing Month continues, RIC employees are encouraged to protect their hearing. Our speech-language pathologists understand the challenges that patients with hearing loss face every day. They encourage everyone to do what they can to protect their hearing and prevent it from worsening.

For strategies to prevent hearing loss, please click here.

RIC Insider


Bike to Work Week Coming Soon

Don’t forget that RIC, through The Prince Family Esprit! Program, is sponsoring its second annual Bike to Work Week. RIC’s Bike to Work week will run from June 12-19 in conjunction with Chicago’s Bike Commuter Challenge.

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.” Once enrolled, you’ll be able to log your trips, see a summary of your Bike to Work Week accomplishments, and view how RIC’s team is doing.

In conjunction with participating in Chicago’s Bike Commuter Challenge, RIC’s Prince Family Esprit! Program will sponsor giveaways throughout the week, including a raffle for a bike helmet, a Fitbit, and more. Free showers will be available for Bike to Work Week participants at RIC’s Sports & Fitness Center, located at 541 N Fairbanks Ct. Please bring your own towel and present your employee ID at the door.

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

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