Groundbreaking ceremony held for new RIC research hospital

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The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) broke ground today on a new $550 million research hospital.  Hospital officials say it will launch a new era in rehabilitation medicine.

The new hospital will be built just two blocks south of the Rehabilitation Institute’s flagship location.

The research hospital will include five Innovation Centers focusing on brain, spinal cord, neuro-musculoskeletal, pediatric, and cancer research and recovery.

The new hospital is projected to open in 2016.

“It’s really important for the world because RIC has been critical in setting standards for care in this domain of medicine,” said Dr. Joanne Smith, president and CEO of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  “It’s important that we set those standards and disseminate those standards based on our innovation and our learning so patients everywhere can be touched by what we do.”

One of the great things about the new building is that it will be organized in such a manner that it will put clinical and research in one location.

Senator Mark Kirk was among those who spoke at today’s groundbreaking ceremony.  Kirk received advanced rehabilitation treatment at the RIC after suffering a stroke last year.

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