RIC Expands and Improves with Help of Prominent Donors


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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.


Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Develops 3D Muscle Imaging

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John Heintz’ former roles in education include serving as assistant superintendent for operations and chief legal officer of Niles Township High School District 219. Outside of his current professional responsibilities, John Heintz supports the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, an organization that undertakes cutting-edge research into neuroscience and bionic and musculoskeletal medicine.

Recently, individuals at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago unveiled a new 3D imaging technique that could help make muscle disease and injury treatment more effective. About 20 million Americans struggle with these conditions, which encompass diseases such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy and injuries such as rotator cuff tears.

Using 3D rather than 2D imaging techniques, clinicians identified strange patterns of collagen structures within muscle tissue for the first time. Standard 2D imaging techniques had only shown collagen outside of the muscle. The discovery of highly organized chains of collagen within muscle could point to new ways of treating muscle diseases and injuries.

In patients that had developed fibrosis, the number of collagen cables was much higher than normal, suggesting that they may play a role in the development of disease. Reducing the amount of collagen in muscles could reduce pain and possibly eliminate the need for surgical intervention.

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.