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RIC Matters 2015-06-17

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

Winston Churchill

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Bionic Leg Developed at RIC Receives National Media Attention

A new bionic leg developed by researchers at RIC has been getting national media attention, showcasing the innovative, thought-controlled device that was tested in a clinical trial here.

RIC patient Terry Karpowicz recently demonstrated the bionic leg that learns his movements and adjusts with each step using sophisticated sensors.

Seven lower-limb amputees participated in RIC's randomized, clinical trial, which was the first of its kind. Results of the trial were published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The device is the world's first thought-controlled bionic leg prosthesis that does not require nerve redirection surgery or implanted sensors.

Levi Hargrove, PhD, led the research team at RIC's Center for Bionic Medicine. His team developed a system to use neural signals to safely improve limb control of a bionic leg – a significant milestone in the rapidly-growing field of bionics.

For a full story in this week’s Chicago Sun Times, please click here.

Caring For Kids Hosts First Family Game Night

Caring for Kids hosted its first family night event earlier this month, treating children and their families to a great night of fun and entertainment.

Participants and their families enjoyed the carnival-themed event as they played ring toss, bozo buckets and duck pond matching game.

The kids had the chance to become pirates for a night with clowns Nanny-Boo Boo and Rosalinda Applesauce, and took part in a pirate-themed show.

The games and entertainment allowed the participants to work on fine and gross motor skills, sequencing of directions, and humor therapy.

This popcorn and cotton candy filled night was captured with a trip to the photo booth, where families took pictures with silly props. The family focus of this event continued with a welcome wreath station.

The participants made colorful wreaths to welcome the new patients on the Pediatric Inpatient Unit at RIC. Families were able to get transportation to this event thanks to a ReadySetGo! mini grant award.

The excitement does not stop here, as this was the kick-off to our Summer Camp program beginning in July.

Wheelchair Rugby Team Plays Demo Game at Abilities Expo

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The Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Team played a demonstration game this past weekend during the Chicago Abilities Expo at the Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center.

This is the fifth year the team has played at the Abilities Expo, which offers an array of activities, displays and information for people who have sustained spinal cord injuries,

amputations, cerebral palsy, or any neurological diagnosis that can lead to quadriplegia.

The Chicago Bears Wheelchair Rugby Team, sponsored by RIC, is a member of the United States Quad Rugby Association. Wheelchair rugby has often been described as a combination of football, hockey and basketball in a wheelchair.

The team played a 45-minute demonstration game of four-on-four in an exciting match that gave audience members a look at this competitive, full contact sport.

Stroke Awareness Month Ends With Friendly Competition

Stroke Awareness Month was a huge success last month, culminating with a “friendly” competition between the 8th and 9th floors for the ultimate prize: a brain trophy and bagel party courtesy of the “losing” floor.

Each floor was challenged with having the most people (staff and patients) wearing red on the last Friday in May. Patients were seen putting red shoelaces in their tennis shoes, tying bandanas around their heads and putting on every piece of red clothing they had. Even Georgia the therapy dog participated with a red bandana and red cowboy hat.

Kylene Canham, Allied Health Manager 4th floor, and Nikki Sedam, Allied Health Manager 8th floor, show off the brain trophy.

Everyone made a wonderful effort. It was great to see staff, patients and family members engaged and invested in raising stroke awareness and winning the trophy. Kylene Canham, Allied Health Manager on the 4th floor, agreed to be the judge. After a close count, it was determined that the 8th floor was the winner.

The 8th floor is now displaying the brain trophy at the center station, so make sure to stop by and take a look. Thanks to everyone who participated. What a great way to end Stroke Awareness Month.

RIC Insider


Still Time to Join Bike to Work Week!

It is not too late to participate in RIC’s Bike to Work Week!

Bike to Work Week, which officially kicked off last Friday, June 12, will run through this Friday, June 19. Click here to register. 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 is sponsoring a giveaway this Friday. All Bike to Work Week participants will be entered into a raffle to win a bike helmet, a bike lock or a Fit Bit. Winners will be notified on Friday at noon.

Free showers are available for Bike to Work Week 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 is available to RIC employees free of charge this week. If interested, please contact Laura Falgoust for an access key.

There is a Bike to Work Week information table set up in the cafeteria. Please feel free to stop by any time for bike maps and guides. We have packets for participants, which can be picked up in Room 1635 of the flagship hospital or in Onterie (depending on work location).

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 to Host Aphasia Day Conference June 28

RIC’s Center for Aphasia Research is hosting its 13th annual Aphasia Day Conference on Sunday, June 28.

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.

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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Welcome New RIC Team Members

Dalya Altaie – Interpreter, International Relations

Nelisa Caraballo – Fitness Intern, Galvin Fitness Center

Laurie Cardinale – Executive Assistant, Chief Scientific Officer

Lauren Conner – Food Service Worker

Catherine Cahill – Administrative Coordinator, Flex Staff

Cindy Davis – Benefits Contractor, Human Resources

Mays Dawood – Patient Services Representative, Northshore Outpatient

Sudarshan Dayanidhi – Research Scientist, Chief Scientific Officer

Trey Gartner – Technical Applications Analyst, Information Systems

George Gao – Legal Intern, Office of General Counsel

Molly Goetz – Speech & Language Pathologist, Willowbrook DayRehab

Aakash Gupta – Research Intern, Center for Bionic Medicine

Sherylene Heah – GPS Intern, International Relations

Nhan Huynh – Intern, Center for Bionic Medicine

Michael Janiga – Fitness Intern, Galvin Fitness Center

Kimberly Kopka – Occupational Therapist, Flex Staff

Colin Kuntz – Research Intern, Center for Bionic Medicine

Jennifer Moffatt – Physical Therapist, Flex Staff

Yesenia Munoz – Call Center Representative

Katie Okamoto – Fitness Intern, Galvin Fitness Center

Maureen Olson – Physical Therapist, Patient Recovery Unit

Pritesh Parmar – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Sue Parr – Language Interpreter, Interpreter Services

Manasa Parthasharathy – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Julie Phelan – Speech & Language Pathologist, Flex Staff

Shannon Prendergast – Fitness Intern, Galvin Fitness Center

Kim Robinson – Physical Therapist, Flex Staff

Kevin Robinson – Physical Therapist, Flex Staff

Jacob Schneider-Martin – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program

James Scroggin – Radiological Tech, Radiology

Sarah Smetana – Speech & Language Pathologist, Willowbrook Outpatient

Rebecca Steinmeyer – Research Intern, Center for Bionic Medicine

Shreya Udani – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program

Megan Washburn – Executive Director, Public Relations, Marketing

Ezekiel Williams – Food Service Worker

Cleavfus Young – Food Service Worker

Ning Yuan – Research Intern, Sensory Motor Performance Program