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RIC Matters 2015-06-03

Quote of the Week

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

Winston Churchill

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Patients Get into Summer Mood with Tie Dying T-Shirts

To welcome the summer weather, patients and family members on the Brain Injury Unit recently spent time tie dying t-shirts.

Staff members on the 10th floor joined the fun by helping wrap shirts into designs with rubber bands, and assisting patients with dipping and squirting the t-shirts with their favorite colors.

Some t-shirt makers chose rainbow colored bulls’ eye designs while others created spirals using the colors of their favorite sport teams.

One patient’s daughter helped her dad design a purple and red spiral shirt. Another patient created a freestyle purple blot design.

Two patients collaborated on a shirt to donate to the floor for another patient to wear. The outfits on the 10th floor are a little bit brighter as a result of this event.

Join the Discussion about Contemporary Research Ethics

The Donnelley Ethics Program invites all RIC staff and affiliated researchers to join the Current Controversies in Research Ethics Journal Club on Thursday, June 11, at 3:30 p.m. in the LIFE Center Conference Room.

Every other month, the group will meet to discuss a contemporary research ethics issue that’s being covered in the popular press. For our first gathering, the group will talk about two short articles addressing concerns regarding informed consent via Apple’s new research study app, ResearchKit.

For copies of the articles, or any other questions, please contact Andy Kondrat at akondrat@ric.org. We look forward to seeing you.

Summer Shop-Around Event to Benefit RIC

Oak Street boutiques and salons will donate 10% of their sales to RIC as part of the first Oak Street Summer Shop-Around on June 18, sponsored by the Oak Street Council and Make It Better magazine.

Throughout the day and early evening, participating boutiques will offer shoppers special in-store treats and events, including snacks, gifts with purchase, trunk shows, champagne toasts, tequila tastings and more.

Oak Street-area hotels and restaurants will create special offers for shoppers. Oak Street will buzz with activities such as sidewalk modeling, music and other live entertainment. With every purchase at participating businesses, shoppers will receive raffle tickets to win prizes.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information and to receive a raffle ticket, please click here.

Ability Open Golf Tournament on June 19

RIC’s Sports & Recreation Department is co-sponsoring The Ability Open, an inclusive golf tournament that will be held on June 19.

RIC has partnered with Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA), an organization that provides adaptive sports, recreation, and social activities for children and adults living with physical disabilities throughout the Chicago area.

The tournament shines a spotlight on ability at every level. The event will take place at Foss Park, 3124 Argonne Drive, North Chicago, IL 60064. Check- in begins at 8:30 a.m. with a tee off time of 10 a.m.

Sign up a team of three golfers and we will partner your team with an incredible golfer with a disability. To register online, please click here. For more information contact Jason Stubbeman at 312-238-5010 or jstubbeman@ric.org.

You Made My Day!

Congratulations to our most recent Prince Esprit! Program "Thank You" card recipients.These employees have been recognized by their peers for going “above and beyond” in their work and embodying the RIC Values in all they do.


  • Beatrice Bickart, Housekeeper
  • Christina Johnson, Occupational Therapist

  • Heather Scholten, Physical Therapist
  • Heidi Weinberg, Occupational Therapist
  • Michelle Rodriguez, Occupational Therapist
  • Stephanie Walker, Occupational Therapist
  • Ashley Ovaska, Occupational Therapist
  • Mary Roberson, Rehabilitation Technician
  • Sarah Snyder, Physical Therapist
  • Audrey Phillips, Occupational Therapist
  • Sara Vernaglia, Occupational Therapist
  • Matt Isherwood, Physical Therapist
  • Bridget Fowler, Physical Therapist
  • Lyn Fetalino, Physical Therapist
  • Bridget Hahn, Program Specialist, Allied Health
  • Sally Taylor, Manager, Allied Health
  • Trudy Miller, Speech & Language Pathologist
  • Eileen Spangler, Physical Therapist
  • Liz May, Occupational Therapist
  • Anna Ware, Speech & Language Pathologist
  • Anne Marie Doyle, Speech & Language Pathologist
  • Mark Ward, Housekeeping
  • Elizabeth Gaffron, Occupational Therapist

We want to remind you that thanks to the Prince Family Esprit! Program, there is an easy and fun way to recognize your RIC colleagues.

It’s the Esprit! Award Peer Recognition Program, and you can recognize your colleagues for exemplary effort using handwritten “You Made My Day!” Thank-You notes.

On every floor and in every department, “Thank-You” notes are readily available. Once you have written a “Thank You” card, please make a copy. After you have given your colleague the note, submit the copy to Laura Falgoust in Human Resources.

Why not write a note today about a colleague who went above and beyond? If you have any questions regarding the Esprit! Award Peer Recognition Program, or need any materials, please contact contact Laura Falgoust at lfalgoust@ric.org or 312-238-6238.

June 2015 Resource Awareness: Aphasia Awareness Month

The LIFE Center at RIC is pleased to share a list of resources for Aphasia
Awareness Month. For access to the list, please click here.

RIC Insider


Get Rolling for Bike to Work Week

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 runs 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.

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 participants at RIC’s Sports & Fitness Center, 541 N. Fairbanks Ct. Please bring a towel and your employee ID.

For information on bike storage at RIC, please click here. The bike storage room in Northwestern’s Erie/Ontario parking garage will be available to RIC employees for free during Bike to Work Week. If interested, please contact Laura Falgoust for an access key.

For more information, 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!

Superior Street Sprout Café Menu

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Welcome New RIC Team Members

Sami Aboukheir – Desktop Engineer, Information Systems
Kelly Andrejko – Medical Extern, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Clifton Bent – Patient Care Technician, Stroke Unit
Aashiv Bharij – Medical Extern, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Alexis Binion – Recruiter, Human Resources
Jeffrey Chow – Medical Extern, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Joshua Engler – Music Intern, Therapeutic Recreation Inpatient
James Eubanks – Medical Extern, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Deepak Gopinath – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program
Jourdan Ewoldt – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program
Ishita Jain – Medical Extern, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Kyle Kaveny – Research Assistant, Center for Bionic Medicine
Douglas Kurz – Physical Therapist, Northshore Outpatient
Christopher Lauritzen  – Desktop Engineer, Information Systems
Kaele Leonard – Medical Extern, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Gherika Lockhart – Registered Nurse, Flex Staff
Austin Marcolina – Medical Extern, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Anne McElherne – Marketing Manager
Grace Ogunnubi – Food Service Worker
Carolynn Prisco – Speech & Language Pathologist, Flex Staff
Hannah Roh – Physical Therapist, Flex Staff
Laura Rose – Speech & Language Pathologist, Flex Staff
Mills Selkregg – Summer Intern, New Building Project
Casey Sharp – Patient Care Technician, Flex Staff
Ashley Siadek – Physical Therapist, Flex Staff
Tim Tang – Research Aide, Sensory Motor Performance Program
Danielle Terrell – Medical Extern, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Erika Wright – Patient Care Technician, Flex Staff
Andrew Zivat – Sports Intern, Wirtz Sports Program