RIC Matters 2015-06-10 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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RIC Matters 2015-06-10

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Dutch Royalty Visit RIC

RIC had some very special visitors last week when King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands stopped by to meet with patients, researchers and physicians to get a first-hand look at some of our advancements in rehabilitative medicine.

The Royal couple was in Chicago as part of a longer U.S. tour to build scientific and economic relationships with U.S. companies. RIC was the only hospital they visited while in the city.

Dr. Joanne C. Smith accompanied the couple on their tour of RIC, during which they learned about RIC’s research in bionics, as well as in the use of exoskeletons. Dr. Jim Sliwa escorted Edith Schippers, the Minister of Health and Welfare for the Netherlands, who also took part in a day-long research symposium RIC co-hosted with the Dutch.

The king and queen showed a keen interest in the work here at RIC, asking questions of researchers and patients during their tour. The queen, who is originally from Argentina, spoke Spanish with one of the patients who demonstrated using an exoskeleton. The Royal couple said they were deeply impressed by the innovation and patient care they saw during their visit to RIC.

The Royal couple’s visit also included the signing of a collaboration agreement between RIC and IMDI, a Dutch public/private consortium focused on consolidating the strengths of research institutions, the commercial sector and health care organizations to advance the development of innovative medical devices.

As part of this agreement, the Royal couple and the consortium will present RIC with a prototype device that incorporates virtual and augmented reality imaging. RIC will work alongside scientists from the Netherlands to conduct clinical trials on this device.

2015 Sara Baskin Research Award Winners Announced

Dr. Richard Harvey, Dr. Zachary McCormick, Dr. Samuel Chu, Dr. Steven Makovitch, Dr. Meaghan Lynch, Dr. Elliot Roth

The winners of the 2015 Sarah Baskin Research Awards were announced on Tuesday, June 2 as part of the Annual PM&R/RIC Resident Research Day.

Winners are selected by a committee based on submission of an original manuscript suitable for publication, or a review of an important topic in the field.

Resident and Physician Fellow awardees were selected following oral presentations.

For the full list of winners, click here

Baskin Winners

Research Staff:
Aileen Chau, MA
“The effect of claustrum lesions on human consciousness and recovery of function”
1st Place, Research Staff Category

Research Graduate Student:
Justin Horowitz
“I meant to do that: determining the intentions of action in the face of disturbances”
1st Place, Research Graduate Student Category

John Spanias
"Detection of and Compensation for EMG Disturbances for Powered Lower Limb Prosthesis Control"
2nd Place, Research Graduate Student Category

Camila Shirota
“Transfemoral amputee recovery strategies following trips to their sound and prosthesis sides
throughout swing phase”
3rd Place, Research Graduate Student Category

Research Postdoctoral Fellow:
Carrie Peterson, PhD
"Voluntary Activation of the Biceps-to-triceps and posterior deltoid-to-triceps transfers in Maximum Elbow Extension"
1st Place, Research Postdoctoral Fellow Category

Irene Cristofori, PhD
"Brain Regions Influencing Implicit Violent Attitudes: a lesion mapping study”
2nd Place, Research Postdoctoral Fellow Category

Nicholas Fey, PhD
"Anticipatory kinematics and muscle activity preceding transitions from level-ground walking to
stair ascent and descent"
3rd Place, Research Postdoctoral Fellow Category

Clinician/Clinical Researcher:
Carey Holleran, PT
"Community mobility method selection in individuals with chronic motor incomplete
spinal cord injury"
1st Place, Clinician/Clinical Researcher Category

Summer Extern:
Anna Cummings Rork
“Outcomes Following Robotic Gait Training in Children with Cerebral Palsy”
1st Place, Summer Extern Category

Gerard D’Onofrio
“Aortic Enlargement in Young Patients with Spinal Cord Injury after 5 years Post-Injury”
2nd Place, Summer Extern Category

Elizabeth Carroll
“Opiod Induced Hyperalgesia”
3rd Place, Summer Extern Category

Ann Simon, PhD
“Improved weight-bearing symmetry for transfemoral amputees during standing up and
sitting down with a powered knee-ankle prosthesis”
1st Place, Faculty Category

Resident Category:
Meaghan Lynch, MD
“Lower Extremity Motor Function in Chronic SCI after Exposure to Ibuprofen and Intermittent Hypoxia: A Randomized Trial”
1st Place, Resident Category

Samuel Chu, MD
“The Effect of a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course on the Accuracy of Joint Palpation in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residents”
2nd Place, Resident Category

Steven Makovitch, MD
“The Effect of a Mirror on Neuromuscular Control of the Lower Extremities during a Squat Exercise”
Co-3rd Place, Resident Category

Zachary McCormick, MD
“Dexamethasone vs. Particulate Steroid Injections for the Treatment of Needle Electromyography-Confirmed Painful Lumbosacral Radiculopathy”
Co-3rd Place, Resident Category

Physician Fellow Category:
Sangeeta Patel, MD
“Association between Subjective Fatigue and Resting Energy Expenditure Following Traumatic Brain Injury”
1st Place, Physician Fellow Category

David Wozinca, MD
“Body Image Associations with Injury in Professional Ballet Dancers”
2nd Place, Physician Fellow Category

LEAN Lunch-n-Learn: Spaghetti Diagrams & Process Flows

If you’re wondering how to start making process improvements and want to learn more about using the LEAN method, the Performance Improvement Team will be hosting a series of LEAN Lunch-n-Learns in the coming months.

The Lunch-n-Learn sessions will help answer questions such as where can you start to make process improvements, what are some LEAN tools you can use in the “Plan Do Check Act” cycle and how to interpret the information.

The next session, scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, will explain a spaghetti diagram and process flow. You’ll learn how to create them and what you can learn from themt to problem solve and improve processes.

These tools help us see the flow of people, information and material within a process.They create transparency to identify waste and help target improvements to create more value. We can start identifying redundancies, root causes, bottlenecks and areas to improve efficiency.

Anyone can use these tools. Please bring your lunch and join us, so you can start utilizing this training and make improvements in your area.

  • What: Lunch-n-Learn – Creating & Interpreting Spaghetti Diagrams & Process Flows
  • Where: Heyworth Annex East, Superior, 2nd Floor
  • When: Tuesday, June 16. Starts promptly at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m.

RIC to Host Aphasia Day Conference June 28

Monifa Thomas

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. RIC’s Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment is committed to increasing the public’s knowledge about aphasia, a neurological language impairment that may affect speaking, listening, reading and writing. An estimated two million people are living with aphasia in the United States.

On Sunday, June 28, we will celebrate with our 13th annual Aphasia Day Conference: A full day of CONNECTIONS for people with aphasia, families and friends. This year, our featured lunchtime speaker will be former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Monifa Thomas.

In 2011, one month after she turned 30, Thomas had a stroke. After a year and a half of intensive rehabilitation, she was able to live by herself and return to work. Although she still has difficulty, she is grateful for all she can do now – from dancing salsa to reading a 300-page book. Recently retired, she is now training to be a peer visitor at RIC.

Attendees will participate in morning and afternoon classes and enjoy a continental breakfast and a box lunch. The cost for the entire day is $10 for persons with aphasia, and $15 for their friends and family.

Registration is underway. Registration forms, schedules and class descriptions can be found by clicking here.

Patients Enjoy Gardening on the Plaza

RIC inpatients got a head start on summer last week as they assisted with planting flowers on the plaza.

This program was not only a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the weather, but the activity was designed to work on patients’ therapy goals, including reaching, balance, standing endurance and hand/eye coordination.

Patients spoke of their own gardens at home and how relaxing this made them feel to be involved again.

The activity was facilitated by occupational therapists and the Therapeutic Recreation Department.

This summer, the Therapeutic Recreation Department will be offering a new program in conjunction with SOAR, Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, as patients assist in maintaining the gardens at Lake Shore Park.

Horticulture not only offers physical benefits, but the positive impact on the psychological well being of our patients is just as significant.

Magnet Site Visit Scheduled for July

Nurses at RIC are getting excited about the upcoming Magnet site visit. From July 22-24, three appraisers from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program will be visiting with nursing staff, interdisciplinary team members and organizational leaders to verify whether nursing meets the Magnet expectations for clinical excellence, quality improvement, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and research.

The visit is designed to provide the appraisers an opportunity to meet with as many nurses as possible. An appraiser will be available Friday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. in the LIFE Center Conference room to meet privately with any interested employees.

If you are interested in sharing a comment about nursing at RIC, you can contact the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program office. All employees are invited to share their insights or observations on nursing practice at RIC. The comments may be anonymous. All comments are confidential, and not shared with the organization. Comments may be made by phone, email, fax or mail. Any phone comments must be sent in writing as well.

To Comment

Phone: 866-588-3301 (toll free)

FAX: 301-628-5217

Email: magnet@ana.org

American Nurses Credential Center
Magnet Recognition Program
8515 Georgia Ave. Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492

Signage will be posted in the lobby of 345 E. Superior, and the entry ways to our hospital and all clinic sites on June 12, inviting public comments as well. All are welcome to send comments.

Save the Date for Magnuson Awards Celebration

As we announced in April, RIC’s annual Magnuson and Service Award Celebration will be held on Friday, September 11, 2015.

Please mark your calendars to save the date.

We’re excited to host this evening event at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, 221 N. Columbus Drive. More to come in RIC Matters.

June Compliance Corner: Institutional Review Board Protocol

RIC conducts research with human subjects. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Subjects Protections and the Food and Drug Administration have specific regulations governing research involving human subjects.

Please click here for the complete Compliance Corner Overview of these research protocols.

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Patient Safety Survey Closes Friday

Calling all RIC team members: We want to hear from you! The Patient Safety Survey will close at the end of the day on Friday, June 12. Your feedback is very important to us.

All staff members are encouraged to complete the survey. Please click here for a PDF version of the survey. The survey can be printed and completed by team members and returned to room 948 in Onterie via interoffice mail. Team members can also complete the survey online by clicking here.

Bike to Work Week Starts Friday

Don’t forget that RIC's Bike to Work Week starts Friday and runs through June 19 in conjunction with Chicago’s Bike Commuter Challenge.

If you haven't registered yet, there's still time. Click here to start. Select “Join a Team” and type Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago under the Team Name. Then, select “Join.”

Participants who sign up will receive a packet that includes the following:

  • Reflective Bike Safety Stickers
  • Bike Map of Streeterville and the RIC/NMH Campus
  • Important Information Regarding Bike Storage at RIC
  • Guide to Everyday Biking in Chicagoland
  • Schedule of Bike Chicago events throughout the week
  • Coupon for use at Sprout Café or Peet’s Coffee

A Bike to Work Week information table will be set up in the cafeteria on Thursday, June 11. Please feel free to stop by any time throughout the week for bike maps and guides. Participants can pick up their packets at the table on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. After 1:00 p.m., packets will be available to pick up in Room 1635 of the flagship hospital or in Onterie (depending on your work location).

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.

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.

RIC Sports & Fitness Calendar

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

Fourth of July Day Employee Holiday on Friday, July 3

Because the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday this year, the official employee holiday will be on Friday, July 3.

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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