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RIC Matters 2015-07-08

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

Winston Churchill

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RIC Cubs Wheelchair Softball Team Off To a Great Start

The RIC Cubs hosted a home tournament on Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th at California Park. The tournament was another opportunity for the Cubs to experience competition in preparation for the Wheelchair Softball Nationals.pitch softball

The tournament kicked off with a game between the Jr. Cubs and Jr. LWSRA Hawks. The Jr. Cubs showed great energy and excitement considering the rainy weather conditions on Friday. Results for the Jr. Cubs were wins in both of their games.

The Jr. Cubs showed measurable improvement in their skills at the plate. In preparation for their next tournament, the Jr. Cubs will look to further develop their skills during practice.

After the Jr. Cubs finished their games, the adult teams' games began. Four adult teams played throughout the two days: Michigan, LWSRA Hawks, Chicago Sox and Cubs.team softball

On Saturday, a beautiful day for softball, the Cubs won both of their games. The LWSRA Hawks were victorious against the Chicago Sox and Michigan. The Chicago Sox ended with losses in both games.

Overall, it was a great weekend. The teams will now focus on getting ready for their next tournament and Nationals. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the teams, including sponsors and volunteers.

Gloria and Emilio Estefan Welcomed at RIC

Gloria and her husband, Emilio, learned of one of our current patients, Nico Katrib, through Twitter. The Katrib and Estefan families both reside in Miami. Eight-year-old Nico has cerebral palsy.

gloria e famHis family has worked tirelessly to ensure he receives the best care.

When his mother learned of RIC, she knew Nico had to come here and began an online fundraising campaign. Gloria became aware of this effort and offered to completely underwrite Nico’s stay.

Last week, Gloria and Emilio met Nico and his family for the first time at RIC. Dr. Joanne Smith and Dr. Gadi Revivo met with the family and the Estefan's to discuss Nico’s care and RIC. It was an emotional, inspiring meeting, and one that People.com featured. This story, and many others like it, is a testament to the connections—and hope—RIC makes possible.

Access the article on People.com here.gloria emilio with nico

RIC Academy Upcoming Webinar on Discussing Cancer Prognosis with Patients

The RIC Academy will sponsor a webinar on July 21 titled, “The Elephant in the Room: Discussion of Cancer Prognosis with Your Patient.” Participants can earn continuing education credits for completing the course.

Description: Despite evidence that cancer patients want information about their prognosis, many practitioners are uncomfortable discussing it.

A historical perspective and the newest research about diagnosis and prognosis disclosure in cancer will be reviewed. How to manage this difficult subject in the rehabilitation setting will be discussed.

Intended Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists and Nurses.

Instructor: Gayle Spill, MD, Attending Physician, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

When: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $40

To register: Click here for registration information and a complete description of the course.

July 2015 Resource Awareness: Safe Recreation Awareness

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

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LEAN Lunch-N-Learn: Problem Solving Tools, Root Cause Analysis

Do you see an opportunity for improvement, but are not sure how to get started? Did a safety event occur, and you want to prevent it from happening again? First step, define the problem. Second step, understand the problem and identify root causes.

As part of the LEAN Lunch-N-Learn series hosted by the Performance Improvement Team, this session will provide tools to identify problems and their root causes from simple to more complex.

This Lunch-N-Learn session will help answer questions such as, “How do I start defining my problem?” and “How do I identify the root causes?” We will learn about the five Whys, Fishbone Diagrams and how they help to break down problems to see and better define areas of focus for improvements.

All RIC staff can benefit from these tools and apply them to their own teams and processes. Please bring your lunch and join us.

What: LEAN Lunch-N-Learn: Problem Solving Tools, Root Cause Analysis.

Where: Magnuson Auditorium, 16th floor, 345 E. Superior St.

When: Friday July 10th. Starts promptly at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 12:15 p.m.

Weight Watchers Open Houses Scheduled

The Prince Family Esprit! Program is excited to announce that the 9th session of Weight Watchers at Work is starting soon!

Weight Watchers has been a great success at RIC. Participants collectively have lost more than 3,000 pounds since the introduction of the program in October 2012.

Learn more about how you can participate in Weight Watchers through RIC at the two upcoming open houses:

• Tuesday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in Onterie, Room 1001
• Tuesday, July 21, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in the Magnuson Auditorium, 16th Floor

There are two ways for RIC employees to participate in Weight Watchers:

• Employees can attend Weight Watchers meetings at the flagship hospital
• Employees can attend Weight Watchers meetings at a local community Weight Watchers location

The cost of the 17-week Weight Watchers at Work Program is $186. RIC will subsidize 50% of the cost up front for in-person meetings, and convenient payroll deductions are available for the remaining amount of $93. Cash, credit card or checks are also acceptable forms of payment for the employee portion of $93 due at the Weight Watchers open houses. Payroll deduction forms will be available at both of the Weight Watchers open houses.

Upon successful completion of the program (80% or more weekly meeting attendance), the employee cost of $93 will be refunded via payroll. Employees who do not attend at least 80% of the weekly meetings will not be eligible for reimbursement of the $93. Reimbursement for attendance at a community site will be done via payroll as well.

If you have any questions about participation in the Weight Watchers at Work program, please contact Laura Falgoust at lfalgoust@ric.org or 312-238-6238.

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