About RIC

After Mark’s accident, he was transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)—the nation’s #1 ranked rehabilitation hospital that cares for thousands of patients with catastrophic injuries from around the world each year. He couldn’t have been in a better place.

Founded in 1954, RIC has been designated the “#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. RIC is the leader in research and development of the cutting-edge treatments and technologies in its field. It holds an unparalleled market distinction with a record seven, multi-year, multi-million dollar 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 182-bed, current flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of more than 50 sites of care distributed throughout the Midwestern region, through which it delivers inpatient, day rehabilitation and outpatient services. RIC sets the standard of care through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer.

Mark attributes much of his astounding progress to RIC’s focus on research and science in its rehabilitative therapy. This model is the cornerstone of RIC’s new Research Hospital, which is in the conceptual planning phase.

The goal of this new hospital is to bring 21st Century biomedical science and patient care closer together to create exceptional outcomes. RIC is developing a novel patient care environment where patients will be surrounded by clinicians and researchers using state-of-the-art knowledge, research and technology to advance their recovery—better and faster. A brand new model in healthcare, RIC hopes this will accelerate finding solutions for people like Mark.

RIC is currently designing and testing this new model of care via renovation on the 9th floor to create a new Patient Recovery Unit, adding 24 new inpatient beds and the world’s first Ability Lab™—a novel patient treatment space and fertile ground for the transformation of great hope into great recoveries. In addition to expanding capacity to admit more inpatients, RIC’s new Unit also will serve as a test-bed for ideas and best practices to be designed into RIC’s new Research Hospital, which is currently in planning stages. Infusing 21st Century biomedical science right into the clinical rehabilitation environment, RIC is designing a hospital of the future in ways that have never been done before, anywhere.

All funds raised by the Stephan Challenge go directly to RIC. Learn more about RIC and the new Research Hospital at ric.org.