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A Million Dreams at AbilityLab


Just a year after our new research hospital opened, we have already begun to revolutionize rehabilitation for patients like Colton and Anastasia with our new translational care model.

Colton, a farmer from Indiana, was in a semi-on-semi truck collision. With a wife and 2-year-old son at home, Colton’s goal is to get back to the farm with his family.

Anastasia, a 2-year-old twin, was never supposed to leave the hospital after she was born. With a rare genetic condition, she has been receiving specialized therapy at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

“We are at the right place at the right time,” said Dr. Richard L. Lieber, Chief Scientific Officer. "We’ve got scientists, doctors, therapists, vision and leadership that can take scientific discoveries and make them help our patients. A lot of people have a piece of the puzzle but what they’re missing is that functional collision amongst all those people.”

See how our vision came to life.

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