RIC Expands and Improves with Help of Prominent Donors


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Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
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The recipient of a juris doctor from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, John Heintz is a public attorney who recently served six years as chief legal officer with Niles Township High School District 219. Outside of his professional pursuits, John Heintz is a board member for the charitable foundation of Chicago’s Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Previously named the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the trauma research and treatment center was renamed upon its expansion and relocation in March of 2017. The 1.2-million-square-foot hospital was under construction in June of 2016 when donors Pat and Shirley Ryan decided to contribute a significant amount of money to the funding of the hospital. The couple said it was their largest single gift, and while they wouldn’t disclose the dollar figure, naming rights for the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago reached over $100 million.

The new hospital features innovation centers with a specific focus on trauma-related issues affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, and muscles. It includes collaborative efforts from scientists, therapists, clinicians, and other medical professionals. An additional $8 million in funding was raised at the recent Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Gala.


The Donnelley Ethics Program

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Donnelley Ethics Program
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The co-founder and senior legal consultant at Lydian, Inc., in Chicago, John A. Heintz also served as chief legal officer and assistant superintendent for operations for Niles Township High School District 219 in Skokie, Illinois. John Heintz also has contributed time and money to a number of nonprofits, including serving as a member of the Foundation Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).

Designed to ensure high-quality care for disabled patients, the Donnelley Ethics Program at RIC offers consultations on clinical ethics and education to staff working in the field. It also consults on research ethics for journal clubs and conferences. A hospital ethics committee deals with ethical concerns in policies and resources, and an accreditation and quality improvement portion explores such issues as patients’ rights.

Named for mentor Strachan Donnelley, the Donnelley Ethics Program began in the 1960s, and was officially founded at RIC in 1995 with its first director, Kristi Kirschner, MD. Since its inception, the ethics program has trained scores of health care professionals in a variety of disciplines. The program is employed at RIC’s Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

AbilityLab – Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)

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As the previous assistant superintendent of operations and chief legal officer of the Niles Township High School District 219 in Chicago, Illinois, John Heintz currently has numerous projects in education including founding the educational leadership consulting firm Second Rail with clients in the US, Spain and the Netherlands. John Heintz is also a foundation board member of AbilityLab, previously known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC).

AbilityLab is a nonprofit organization that has been in operation since 1953. As one of the world’s leading rehabilitation hospitals, AbilityLab pioneers advancements in medical care and features some of the best minds in the field. The Institute’s reputation attracts the best talents and has a high retention rate of staff.

The AbilityLab is dedicated to promoting education and research that advances rehabilitation treatments and procedures. The Institute deals with some of the most complex conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and chronic pain, as well as dealing with Parkinson’s disease, amputation and limb deficiencies, and cerebral palsy.

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Benefits Patients with Arthritis

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Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
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Experienced in many aspects of public education, John Heintz of Chicago has served as the chief legal officer of Niles Township High School District 219 in Skokie, Illinois. He also consults for school administrations in Spain. John Heintz is a supporter of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), which U.S. News and World Report has ranked as No. 1 in its category for 26 straight years.

RIC’s mission is to provide quality care and research for persons with disabilities and chronic illnesses. This goal includes rehabilitative treatment for persons with arthritis, a disease that affects some 70 million Americans. The RIC treats osteo-, rheumatoid, and psoriatic arthritis and conditions such as hip fractures, spinal disfiguration, and musculoskeletal disorders.

A team of physicians, nurses, and therapists leads individuals and groups through physical and occupational exercises, supplemented by state-of-the-art medications. Advanced surgical options include arthroscopy, joint replacement, and cartilage transplantation.

The RIC’s research emphasis enables it to bring up-to-date developments to persons with arthritis. These clinical trials are available for qualified patients and volunteers.