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Celebrate Recreation Therapy Month 2024 & Watch Highlights of Adaptive Ski Trip

Celebrate Recreation Therapy Month 2024 & Watch Highlights of Adaptive Ski Trip

In February, we celebrate our recreation therapist and sports coordinators during Recreation Therapy Month. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab recreation therapists and sports coordinators work with patients across our continuum of care: Inpatient, DayRehab and Outpatient settings.

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2024 Class of the “Chicago Titan 100”

Nancy Paridy Inducted into the 2024 Class of the “Chicago Titan 100”

At a Feb. 8 ceremony at Navy Pier’s Aon Grand Ballroom, Nancy Paridy, president and chief administrative officer, was celebrated as one of the newest members of the “Chicago Titan 100.”

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Recreation therapists and sports coordinators

Celebrating Recreation Therapy Month at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Recreation therapists and sports coordinators at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab are part of the Therapeutic Recreation (T-Rec) team, who use physical activity-based interventions to address the health, well-being, and physical and psychological needs of patients. In the process, they promote individuals’ functioning and independence in life activities.

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DayRehab Outings

DayRehab Outings: Transitioning back to Independence

To prepare patients for return to their dynamic lifestyles, we incorporate treatment with groups of patients across all types of therapies; working with others toward similar goals.

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Researchers

How can we accelerate the timeline for cancer rehabilitation research?

Dr. Ishan Roy's team uses this model to rapidly test individual therapies to identify ideal treatment approaches. Their insights are leading to greater understanding of the science behind cancer-related weight.
loss and greater recovery for cancer patients.

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Slide board invention

How are nurses influencing research at the bedside and beyond?

Daniela Ene and Maricela Ontiveros teamed up with our engineers to create a unique slide board that assists patients and caregivers with safe transfers.

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Cells

What are organoids, and how can we leverage this extraordinary technology?

Dr. Colin Franz is developing organoids — artificially grown masses of cells or tissue that resemble organs — to see whether this technique can contribute to life-changing discoveries for our patients.

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Walking

Is walking as important as your temperature or blood pressure?

Dr. R. James Cotton explores innovative methods, including smartphone and video camera technologies combined with artificial intelligence, to provide clinicians with practical, cost-effective tools for studying motion and tracking changes in gait.

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Lucy

2023 Impact Report

On behalf of everyone at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, we thank you for your support. We invite you to take a look at our FY23 Impact Report below.

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Dolan Family

Forest & Bluff Magazine Highlights Dolan Family’s Three-Decade Commitment to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

A recent article in Forest & Bluff, a magazine covering several Northshore communities, highlighted the Dolan family’s decades-long, multi-generational commitment to fundraising and leadership at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

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Elissa Larkin Receives Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement

Elissa Larkin Receives Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement

At the recent American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Boston, Elissa Larkin, research speech-language pathologist, Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment, received the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation).

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Care Team

Rehabilitation Definitions 101

Healthcare and rehabilitation definitions can be confusing. Here is a guide to help you understand a few common terms.

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