SOURCE: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

July 07, 2006 13:15 ET

/ CORRECTION - Chicago Home to #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America for 16th Straight Year

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 7, 2006 -- In the news release, "Chicago Home to #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America for 16th Straight Year," issued earlier today by Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, we are advised by the company that the last sentence of the first paragraph should read "RIC is the only hospital in Illinois to ever achieve the #1 ranking in any specialty and no other hospital in America has been ranked #1 longer." rather than "RIC is the only hospital in Illinois to ever achieve the #1 ranking in any specialty and no other hospital in America, in any specialty, has been ranked #1 for as long." as originally issued. Complete corrected text follows.

Chicago Home to #1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America for 16th Straight Year

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Only Hospital in Illinois to Ever Receive #1 Ranking in Any Specialty

CHICAGO, IL -- July 07, 2006 -- The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) (www.ric.org) is ranked the #1 rehabilitation hospital in America for the 16th consecutive year based on a survey of board-certified physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and reported in the July "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report. RIC is the only hospital in Illinois to ever achieve the #1 ranking in any specialty and no other hospital in America has been ranked #1 longer.

While best known for treating the most complex cases such as brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke, RIC brings the same level of expertise to helping those with more common conditions including arthritis, chronic pain and sports injuries.

RIC's dedication to helping people with physical disabilities achieve their best life possible has made it a trusted organization that attracts patients and health care professionals to Chicago from around the world.

"Chicago has been recognized as one of the most accessible cities in the nation. The work we've done to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities is greatly advanced by the presence of the nation's number one rehabilitation hospital right here in the city," said the Honorable Richard M. Daley, Mayor, City of Chicago.

"It's been a tremendous year for the Institute, strengthened by our advanced research discoveries and the creation of important programs like the Prime of Life stroke rehabilitation program," said Joanne Smith, MD, interim president and CEO of RIC. "It's the culmination of excellence in patient care, research, education and advocacy that allows RIC to make a difference in the world, year after year."

RIC provides healing and hope to people with disabilities by providing outstanding patient care and conducting groundbreaking research. The consistency of RIC's #1 ranking is a testament to the quality of services provided, including work in:

--  Empowering people with disabilities and their families to live
    productive, independent lives;
--  Pioneering research with the hope of restoring physical function lost
    through disabling conditions, including leading edge research in robotics
    and neural engineering;
--  Quickly translating rehabilitation research discoveries to patient
    care to help people achieve their best life possible; and,
--  Helping people live young and remain active while aging.
    
RIC, the nation's first freestanding rehabilitation hospital, was founded in 1954 on the belief that the same care that aided World War II veterans with disabilities could help private citizens with disabilities return home to community and family and achieve their best life possible. Today, RIC has come full circle and is developing medical advancements that will be beneficial to soldiers returning from war. One example is the neuro-controlled bionic arm, developed by a team of experts led by Todd Kuiken, MD, PhD, at RIC, that provides people with upper limb amputations with the most advanced prosthetic arm in the world and the ability to control the arm with thought.

The rehabilitation rankings are determined by a survey of board-certified physiatrists (specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation), who are asked to identify those hospitals that are the leaders in their specialty without regard to location or cost.

The Institute has more than 30 sites of care throughout the Chicago area and in southern Illinois. RIC is the home of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and operates one of the largest and most sought after physiatry residency programs in the United States. For more information about RIC, b-roll, photographs, and physician interviews, please contact Bryan Wave at 312-238-6044.

About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is dedicated to helping people with all levels and types of physical disabilities regain or improve their physical functions and empowering them to participate more fully in family, social, vocational and leisure time pursuits. The Institute has been ranked the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" by U.S. News & World Report, every year since 1991 and is the first independent rehabilitation hospital in the country to receive the Magnet award for excellence in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

RIC operates a flagship hospital in Chicago as well as a network of DayRehabCenters and outpatient centers located throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Additionally, RIC maintains strategic alliances with other high quality health care providers throughout the state of Illinois, including Advocate Illinois Masonic, Alexian Brothers Hospital Network, Blessing Hospital, RML Specialty Hospital and Southern Illinois Healthcare. For more information, please visit our website at www.ric.org.

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