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RIC Matters-2015-05-05

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Send In the Clowns – Humor Therapy Program Celebrates First Anniversary

RIC’s Humor Therapy program, which began trial
performances last May, has grown significantly over the year.

“Nanny Boo Boo” and “Rosalinda Applesauce,” members of An Open Book Theater Project, began with evening, interactive performances on the Pediatric floor every Friday night that encouraged not only laughter and play, but also the transformation of the children's space.

“The hospital can be a scary place. We hope to transform it into a place of possibility for not only the kids but parents, families, and staff as well. We want to create a dynamic environment for everyone,” said Sarah Buckland, also known as her alter ego Nanny Boo Boo. (Buckland works on the eighth floor as a Rehab Technician when not donning the nose.)

In January, the clowns moved into a different arena, Allied Health therapy sessions. “This was a big move. We have always believed in the potential of play to encourage growth. The kids are laughing and playing their way to achieving their therapy goals," says Amanda Allen, aka
Rosalinda Applesauce.

What does a session look like? The clowns juggle, play instruments, sing, perform slapstick and engage the children. They visit patient rooms, hallways and day rooms. They celebrate victories and provide encouragement through defeat.

“The stories of success with humor therapy are many. I have found that children reach their therapeutic goals with greater ease through laughter with Nanny and Rosie leading the way,” says Kelsey Watters, OTR/L.

The first anniversary was marked by performances during Take Our Sons & Daughters to Work Day. Partnering with the LIFE Center, the clowns performed pieces that educated our staff's children on not only what they do but also what therapy is. The entire event was a huge success!

What’s next for this dynamic duo? “Laughter is powerful! We know this. Not only mentally but physically, too. Right now, we want to continue growing the program on the Pediatric floor but we are also looking at other floor possibilities,” says Buckland.

“It was the sunshine in our week to have you guys come on Fridays,” says the mother of one patient. “It helped [my son] with his therapy...The hospital can be a sad place but having the clowns and the humor therapy really just brightened our lives through a very difficult experience.”

For more information visit, http://www.anopenbooktheater.com or http://www.facebook.com/openbooktheater.

“Team edAbility” Has Tasty Ideas for HBB Innovation Awards

As competition heats up for the annual Henry B. Betts, MD, Innovation Awards on May 20, we’ve received a report from another team that’s been hard at work as the deadline nears.

Three teams are competing this year to create a unique “after hours” space for patients and families at RIC’s Ability Institute. Last week we met “The Conference Center Team.” This week, we meet “Team edAbility.”

Pictured from left are team members Megan Kopfensteiner, Julie Fuith-Costa, Jessica Braun, Jillian Beemer, Jan Humenik and Katie Hartoin. Not pictured: Armando Serrano and Nicole Sedam.

Here’s a report from the team about its project:

We’re Team edAbility, and when you get to see our project, you’ll know why we chose the name.

They say that the way to a man’s heart (and a woman’s) is through their stomachs. Team edAbiliity feels that the way to winning the HBB is through the judge’s stomach!

Our team’s innovative ideas are focused on the café space on the 12th floor of the Ability Institute at RIC. We’re looking to transform how people think about a “cafeteria” space, and the programs we can conduct there. Our goal is to present a fresh approach to cafeteria dining.

We want to provide experiences exclusive to RIC. That means developing educational programs that are adapted for our patients and families, as well as programs to engage staff.

The most fun part about putting together our proposal is collaborating within a multidisciplinary team. We envision creating an innovative space that will provide after hour entertainment, education and community involvement for patients, family, staff and community members. We’re excited about seeing the project come to fruition in two years.

Food, fun and festivities are three words that best describe our team. And what makes our team the one to beat? Who doesn’t like food?

Please plan to join us on May 20 to learn about our exciting plans for our new space!

OTs Get Cooking with Meal Prep Program for Patients

Occupational Therapists from the 6th floor are helping patients build their cooking skills during a weekly 2-hour meal preparation program.

During this group session, held each Sunday, patients have the opportunity to work on personal goals such as building endurance, improving fine motor coordination and hand strength, increasing dynamic and static standing balance while working towards a common goal of preparing a full hot meal.

Patients learn about energy conservation techniques during meal preparation, as well creating kitchen modifications to improve safety. They also learn how to work with adaptive equipment like cutting boards, knives and reaching devices to further develop independence during the life skill of meal preparation.

Celebrate Nurses Week - “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.”

National Nurses Week begins on Wednesday, and there will be a number of events at RIC to celebrate the work and dedication of our nursing staff.

Nurses Week was created by the American Nurses Association (ANA) to celebrate the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients. The National Nurses Week 2015 theme," Ethical Practice. Quality Care," recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing and acknowledges the strong commitment, compassion and care nurses display in their practice and profession.

The theme is an important part of ANA’s 2015 Year of Ethics outreach to promote and advocate for the rights, health and safety of nurses and patients.

For a full list of Nurses Week events at RIC, please click here.

Information Session: Exercise and Cancer Treatment

What: The Essentials of Exercise During and After Cancer Treatment

When: May 27, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: RIC’s Health and Fitness Center - 541 N. Fairbanks Ct., Mezzanine Level

This informational session, led by Raquel Gonzales, Exercise Physiologist, will address:

• Research-based evidence on cancer and exercise
• Functional issues facing those affected by cancer
• How exercise can help reduce treatment side effects
• How to start exercising safely

The session is open to all who have been affected by cancer – patients and families. To register for this free session and for questions, please call 312-238-5013.

OTs Attend Leadership Workshop

Professor Emerita Dr. Nancy Stanford Blair, from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, recently joined members of the RIC OT staff to discuss leadership skills.

Dr. Blair’s research interests include leadership formation, sustainability and coherent leadership behavior. The evening was a self-reflective journey to explore how core values and personal history influence our leadership styles and how this influences our personal and professional relationships.

The workshop was an enlightening experience for the participants who looked at their own leadership skill set and how it could be utilized at RIC to promote the profession of OT.

The OTs would like to thank the OT Practice Council for sponsoring this unique OT Month learning opportunity.

Better Speech and Hearing Month Activities

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, and RIC’s Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Advocacy Committee has organized several activities to bring awareness to speech and hearing related topics.

This week, the committee wants to share information about traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can cause speech and language-related problems. Many of RIC’s speech-language pathologists work with patients following TBI. The committee put together an information sheet that speech therapists can share with patients and families with tips about preventing and reducing the incidence of TBI. To access the information sheet, please click here.

During Better Speech and Hearing Month, our SLPs plan to wear t-shirts every Monday. This coming Wednesday and Thursday, there will be demonstrations during lunch time in the main hospital cafeteria of some of the equipment SLPs use in practice, as well as informative presentations related to dysphagia.

Expect Heavy Traffic around Flagship Hospital Friday Morning

Staff, patients and guests at the flagship hospital should expect heavy traffic on the morning of Friday, May 8 due to a ground breaking ceremony at the Old Prentice Women’s Hospital site for Northwestern University’s new research building.

Work crews have already begun setting up a tent for the event marking the start of construction of the new Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research building, and there will be heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic on the Huron Street side of the site during this time and when the event commences at 10 a.m. on Friday.

RIC staff, patients and guests are advised to avoid the congestion in this area and use the Superior Street walkways when feasible.

Team USA Wins International Sled Hockey Tournament

The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, which includes two RIC Blackhawks players, took the gold at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Ice Sled Hockey World Championships this past Sunday in Buffalo, NY.

In the third period, RIC Blackhawk Brody Roybal fed teammate Declan Farmer a pass that allowed Farmer to score, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead. The team scored again less than five minutes later, and scored once more in the final 22 seconds for the win.

Roybal and RIC Blackhawk Kevin McKee, both forwards, bolstered much of Team USA’s efforts throughout the tournament, with Roybal having either a goal or assist in every game.

With the victory, the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team has now won gold in three of the last four IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships. The victory also gave the United States its fifth championship in the last seven major international competitions, including the 2012 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Hamar, Norway; the 2012 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alberta; the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia; and the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alberta.

Just as remarkable, Team USA in Women’s Sled Hockey is facing off against Team Canada in a three-game series Friday through Sunday at the Harbor center in Buffalo, the same location as the Men’s World Championships.

The Women’s USA Sled Hockey team is led by Captain Erica Mitchell, another RIC Blackhawk. Back in November of 2014, Team USA Women won gold at the inaugural IPC Cup women’s sled hockey tournament. While not slated to be a medal sport in 2018 at the Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeong Chang, South Korea, there is hope that they will have an exhibition opportunity at the Winter Games.

For more details on the game and tournament, please click here.

Boccia Volunteers Needed

RIC Sports is recruiting volunteers to help officiate boccia matches at the upcoming Great Lakes Games.

Training will be provided on Thursday, June 4, at Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago (corner of Chicago Ave. and Inner Lake Shore Drive.)

The tournament will be held on Saturday, June 13, at Lake Forest High School in north suburban Lake Forest. Transportation to Lake Forest High School from RIC may be available for volunteer officials, if needed.

In all, 13-15 officials are required for this one-time tournament. Lunch and a t-shirt will be provided for volunteers.

Contact Jason Stubbeman at 312-23x8-5010 or jstubbeman@ric.org to sign up.

May 2015 Resource Awareness – Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month. The LIFE Center has prepared a list of resources that offers a variety of articles and links to information about stroke. For a list of those resources, please click here.

RIC Insider


Spots Still Available for Basic Life Saving Course Thursday

A Basic Life Saving Course offered through The Prince Family Esprit! Program still has spots available for the Thursday evening session. The Family & Friends Basic Life Saving training, through the American Heart Association, is open to any RIC staff member who is interested in learning basic life saving principles. If your job requires CPR or BLS certification, this class will not meet those requirements.

The Family & Friends Basic Life Saving Session will be held at the flagship in Room 1659 on Thursday, May 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration in advance is required through the Learning Management System (LMS), found on RIC Connect. Click on the “Learning Management System” link. Your LMS user name and password are first name.last name and welcome. Once you are logged in to the LMS main page, click on Course Catalog > CPR/Medical Emergency Classes > Family & Friends.
If you have questions regarding Family & Friends training or registration, please contact Mary Devine at mdevine-ga@ric.org or 312-238-6290.

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

Superior Street Sprout Café Menu

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Sprout Café Extra! Avocados Featured This Month

During May, the Sprout Café is featuring avocados. There are many health benefits to eating avocados. Not only are they high in fiber, antioxidants and potassium, they’re rich in the heart healthy fatty acid. The Café has chosen avocados to launch its new smoothies, which will be offered throughout the summer.

Come try a smoothie on Monday, May 11. The smoothie will feature fresh avocado, green grapes and spinach.