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Specialty Hospital Focuses on Safety For Patients, Families, and Staff

You work hard to keep your home and your family safe.  If you don’t have control over your own safety, or the safety of those you love, you have to rely on others to protect you.  At RML Specialty Hospital, keeping patients, their families, and RML staff safe is a top priority. Adria Helmich, Director […]

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Specialty Hospital Maximizes Security of Patient Information

While technology affords us many ways to gather, organize, and distribute information, it can be challenging to keep that information out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have access to it. In a hospital setting, it can be even more challenging due to privacy laws and and regulatory standards. At RML Specialty Hospital, the […]

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Specialty Hospital Helps Post-Transplant Patients Through Complicated Recovery

After a difficult transplant surgery, patients need specialized medical care to ensure a full recovery. At RML Specialty Hospital, patients benefit from an entire post-transplant team that offers attention to detail and continuity of care. “We admit a variety of post-transplant patients, including those with heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, and bone marrow/stem cell transplants,” […]

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Outstanding Wound Care Facility Treats Fistula Patients

 A fistula is an abnormal connection that develops between two separate organs or areas inside the body.  Fistulas can form during the healing phase after an injury or a previous surgery.  They can also develop as a side effect of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, diverticulitis, and radiation.  They can appear in a variety of areas, including […]

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Specialty Hospital Remodels to Benefit Patients, Staff

As advances in technology improve patient care, more space is required to house specialized medical machinery and equipment.  At RML Specialty Hospital, a plan is set to remodel the aging building, create more sound-proofed private rooms for patients, and add storage space for computers and other medical equipment. “We’ve begun construction on D Wing, which […]

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Specialty Hospital Offers Life-Changing Experience for Wound Recovery Patient

When Chris Coley speaks, the gratitude pours out of him. After being sidelined by a serious bacterial leg infection last year, Coley spent five weeks rehabilitating at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago. “I had swelling, pain, and discoloration. Three days later I was in Metro Hospital’s ER,” said Coley. “I’d never been hospitalized before, so […]

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Ventilator Weaning Patient Undergoes Amazing Recovery, Life Transformation

Her story started with alcohol addiction, which led to dramatic weight gain and a stomach ulcer.  Carol Murillo’s husband found her one night on the bathroom floor, necessitating a trip to the emergency room at a nearby hospital.  Doctors discovered she had sepsis, a dangerous infection resulting from a perforated ulcer. “I was in a […]

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Holiday Caroling Warms Hearts of Specialty Hospital Patients

For patients needing long-term acute hospital care during the holiday season, it can be difficult to experience holiday joy. The staff at RML Specialty Hospital understands the need to spread holiday cheer, and achieves it with holiday caroling, a lovely, heartwarming tradition. Chris Bacchi and Ken Pawola (Inventory Manager and Chief Operating Officer, respectively, at […]

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13th Annual Golf Tournament, September 18, 2017

On Monday, September 18, RML Specialty Hospital will host its 13th Annual RML Specialty Hospital Golf Tournament, benefiting The Patient and Family Needs Fund, at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale. Golf will be followed by dinner featuring a silent and live auction. New this year will be a concurrently run Paddle Tennis Clinic and […]

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Fight for Air Climb

Climbing for a Cause

RML supported the American Lung Association on Valentine’s Day by participating in the Fight for Air Climb in Oakbrook Terrace. Employees raised over $2,300 while climbing 31, 62, or 93 flights of stairs in support of lung health at the fundraising event. Congratulations and thank you to all RML employees who stepped up to the […]

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Dry Skin Care in Winter

During winter we like to feel toasty and warm, wrapped up in cozy sweaters or blankets, or settled in front of a fire. However, freezing temperatures, low humidity, and furnace-blasted dry air can leave our skin dry, flaky and itchy. Here are some useful tips to keep skin from getting too dry during the cold […]

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Education Simulation Lab

Education Simulation Lab Opens

RML’s Education Simulation Lab featuring Sage the Sim Man is open at RML Hinsdale. Donors, community members, physicians, former patients, and staff joined us to celebrate this technologically advanced space that will have a lasting impact on the patients and communities we serve. Simulation training will help RML meet the demands of the rapidly changing […]

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RML Chicago Opens High Acuity Unit

In complex environments like long-term acute care hospitals (LTCHs), reducing medical errors while serving increasingly complex patients saves lives and reduces costs. RML continuously identifies opportunities to meet the needs of patients in this ever changing healthcare landscape. As a result, a high acuity unit opened at RML Chicago this week. This specialized, technologically advanced […]

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Alternative Pain Management Therapies

In most hospitals, pharmaceuticals are the first response to pain. RML’s rehab team is currently trialing non-pharmacological alternatives to pain management. Rehab therapists are testing a wearable device that uses electrical stimulation to trigger pain relief responses in the brain. The stimulator is worn on the upper calf, activating sensory nerves in the leg. This […]

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Insomnia and Sleep Aids

Sleep is arguably the most important part of a healthy lifestyle. A good night’s sleep can improve health, focus, creativity, memory, and mood. Sleep can help you live longer, lower overall stress, and improve the quality of life. Sleep has been shown to decrease inflammation in the body, which has been linked to heart disease, […]

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Reducing Heel Pressure Ulcers

Reducing Heel Pressure Ulcers

Hospital acquired pressure ulcers are costly to patients and organizations financially, physically, and emotionally. Heels are the second most common site with 43% of pressure ulcers developed in hospitals occurring on the heel.1 ,2 Committed to patient safety and quality outcomes, RML piloted a program aimed at preventing heel pressure ulcers. In partnership with Sage […]

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Medication Myths Busted

Medication Myth Busting: Generic Drugs

Today, nearly eight of ten prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. The use of generic medications is expected to grow over the next few years as a number of popular drugs come off of patent through 2015. Here are some facts about generic drugs: FDA requires generic drugs to have the […]

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Winter Skin: Creams vs Ointments

Winter Skin: Creams vs. Ointments

Due to the harshness of winter, many people get dry skin and may need a cream or an ointment for relief. But what is the difference between a cream and an ointment? When is it best to use a cream or an ointment? Which one should you choose? A cream is a preparation of a […]

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Fiber Supplements: What You Should Know

Fiber: What You Should Know

Do you get enough fiber in your diet? Eating the right amount of fiber has many health benefits including treatment of constipation, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, lowering high cholesterol, and weight loss. The best way to get fiber is naturally through a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts. Eat at least […]

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Employees Provide Christmas to Area Students

RML employees shared in the spirit of the holiday season with those in need in 2014. Their generous gifts made the following possible: – 55 children and 46 adults, representing 22 families received gifts through a partnership with Anne M. Jeans Elementary School and HCS Family Services. Their gifts included wish list items and gift […]

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