About SIH–Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

April 17th, 2017 marked the 20th year of collaboration between the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and Southern Illinois Healthcare. Top quality physical rehabilitation services are available in southern Illinois through the long-standing alliance between RIC and SIH.

Founded in 1954, RIC has earned a worldwide reputation as a leader in patient care, scientific discovery and the education of health professionals in physical medicine and rehabilitation. It has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991 and attributes its leading standard of care in part to its innovative research and discovery, particularly in the areas of bionic medicine, robotics, neural regeneration, pain care and better outcomes. People from around the world choose Shirley Ryan AbilityLab because of its expertise in treating such a wide range of conditions.

Top quality physical rehabilitation services are available in southern Illinois through a long-standing alliance between the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and Southern Illinois Healthcare.

On March 25th, 2017 RIC moved to 355 E. Erie Street in Chicago and became known as the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

AbilityLab President and CEO Dr. Joanne Smith said the old name didn’t fit the new mission. “We knew the right words would help us to shift our focus from a process of rehabilitation to real tangible outcomes for patients. We declared that our vision would be to advance human ability,” she said.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab operates its 242-bed flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of more than 50 sites of care throughout the city and surrounding suburbs through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation and outpatient services. It also maintains strategic alliances with leading healthcare providers throughout the Midwest.

Connecting the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab to southern Illinois

The research done at the AbilityLab will positively influence the outcomes of patients at SIH. Research can drive better care, increase patient engagement and helps the AbilityLab understand how patients respond to rehabilitation therapy and treatments. SIH is the only hospital system in the southern third of the state with a 20 year partnership with AbilityLab; the nationwide leader in rehabilitation.

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