Rehabilitation Institute Chicago- Shirley Ryan AbilityLabOn March 25, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) officially became known as the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab as it opened its doors to a cutting-edge research hospital of the same name.

Located at 355 E. Erie Street in Chicago, the $550 million, 1.2-million-square-foot AbilityLab is the first-ever “translational” research hospital in which clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, 24/7, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying research in real time.

An installation by artist Pae White on the 10th floor Sky Lobby of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Photo: HDR/Dan Schwalm

An installation by artist Pae White on the 10th floor Sky Lobby of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Photo: HDR/Dan Schwalm

“The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is the only hospital in the world where doctors focused on solving patient challenges now work side-by-side with scientists focused on finding cures,” said Jude Reyes, chairman of the hospital’s board of directors. “The result is focused discovery and innovation on behalf of patients, who will be poised to achieve their best possible recoveries here.”

The AbilityLab introduces its model of care through five Innovation Centers focused on areas of biomedical science with extraordinary promise:

» Brain Innovation Center

» Spinal Cord Innovation Center

» Nerve, Muscle & Bone Innovation Center

» Pediatric Innovation Center

» Cancer Rehabilitation Innovation Center

RIC — now the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab — is one of Feinberg’s primary clinical affiliates. More than 100 medical school faculty have privileges at the hospital, which hosts residents, fellows and medical students during their physical medicine and rehabilitation rotation.

RIC — now the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab — is one of Feinberg’s primary clinical affiliates. More than 100 medical school faculty have privileges at the hospital, which hosts residents, fellows and medical students during their physical medicine and rehabilitation rotation.