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RIC Sets Milestone Achievement as the First & Only Specialty Hospital to Achieve 20 Consecutive #1 Rankings

The nation’s best rehabilitative care is available at Silver Cross through RIC partnership

Joliet, IL (July 23, 2010)—The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), a global leader in comprehensive rehabilitation care and home to the nation's largest center for research in rehabilitation medicine, has been recently recognized as the first and only specialty hospital in the nation to be ranked #1 for 20 consecutive years. This award-winning inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation care is available at Silver Cross Hospital and its centers in New Lenox and West Joliet.

The rankings, reported in the July 27th "Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report, are based on a survey of board-certified physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation).

"We are deeply honored by this #1 ranking and the milestone of holding this position in the world for two decades. We are especially grateful to our employees, board members and to the community for being the backbone of our RIC 's sustained leadership over this time," said Joanne C. Smith, MD, president and CEO at RIC. "But with this success, RIC will not rest. We hold a great responsibility to set a new future for patients and a new paradigm of rehabilitation care. Twenty years ago, we did not have the science or the tools that we have today and it's time to converge our care with our research in ways unlike any other organization has done," Smith said.

RIC at Silver Cross Hospital
In January 2010, Silver Cross Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), announced a strategic partnership that expands post-acute physical medicine and rehabilitation services in Will County and the southwest Chicagoland communities. The new partnership provides world-class rehabilitation care for a range of conditions for patients close to home. Silver Cross is the only healthcare facility in the area with this breadth of services in partnership with RIC. Together, Silver Cross and RIC provides rehabilitation services in inpatient and outpatient care settings. Additionally, the RIC team provides physical therapy services for patients on the hospital’s medical and surgical floors. This award-winning care will continue when Silver Cross opens its replacement hospital in February 2012.

The team at RIC-Silver Cross includes an accomplished team of health professionals led by New Lenox resident Mark Tracy, M.D. Dr. Tracy oversees RIC-Silver Cross’s acute inpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation program at Silver Cross Hospital as well as at Silver Cross outpatient therapy facilities located at the hospital and at 250 E. Maple St. in New Lenox and at 1051 Essington Rd. in Joliet. The RIC-Silver Cross team also includes occupational and physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, dietitians, recreational and developmental therapists, audiologists and rehabilitation nurses.

“Through this unique partnership with Silver Cross, RIC is able to extend its mission of providing comprehensive rehabilitation care to a community with an aging population that will have an increasing need for these services,” said Joanne C. Smith, M.D., president and CEO, RIC. “Together, our two institutions enables citizens with conditions such as stroke, cancer and brain injury to restore function, return abilities and ultimately, enhance the quality of their lives.”

For more information about RIC at Silver Cross, call (815) 740-7110 or visit

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation's #1 ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world and is the leader in research and development of the cutting-edge treatments and technologies in its field. Through aggressive medical protocols, RIC guides the patient care process toward a better outcome - involving repair, regeneration, and recovery of brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal function.

RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction with a record six federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Education's National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research and rehabilitation engineering research. RIC operates its 165-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of 34 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwestern region, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation, and outpatient services.

Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute care market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, and technology transfer. For more information, go to Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. For a referral to a physician on staff, call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit



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