Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab set to open in March

New research hospital will revolutionize rehabilitation

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the world leader in rehabilitation, advances patient care with a mighty new ally: real, valid science. In March 2017, we will open a new hospital – The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab – and it’s more than just a new building – it’s a new kind of research hospital, one that is revolutionizing the future of rehabilitation and creating a new category of medicine.

It is designed explicitly for the practice of “translational medicine” – a new model for medical care in which research is applied directly (translated) during patient care. It is the world’s first and only center of its kind on the planet.

AbilityLab’s novel and striking design embeds clinical and research teams among patients, 24/7. Our physicians lead AbilityLab translational care teams and design personalized treatment plans to meet your goals. In this setting, research will not just coexist with patient care, it will be integrated full time into the clinical environment, engaging patients in the process. This will allow for a patient’s best chance at a faster more complete recovery.

AbilityLab has the largest rehabilitation research enterprise in the world, with an unparalleled research distinction including a record eight, multi-year, multi-milliondollar federal research designations. At any given time, there are more than 350 clinical studies underway dedicated to improving treatments and creating better outcomes for patients.

AbilityLab sets the standard of care in the post-acute market through our innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer.

Located along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago, Illinois, AbilityLab provides fundamentally different care than any other hospital, serving the largest number of the most complex patients and treating a wide range of conditions from stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord to cerebral palsy, cancer related conditions and other neurological disorders. Each year treating over 50,000 patients from more than 70 countries throughout the world.


Our Ability Labs:

  • Think + Speak
  • Legs + Walking
  • Arms + Hands
  • Strength + Endurance
  • Pediatric

Our Innovation Centers:

  • Brain/Stroke
  • Spinal Cord
  • Nerve, Muscle, Bone
  • Cancer
  • Pediatrics

Our GPS team provides 24-hour interpreter services, document translation services and coordinates all air ambulance and transport services. Other amenities include all private patient rooms, a technology center, a chapel, recreational therapy programs, a health and fitness center and the LIFE Center which houses the largest source of information and resources to assist after your discharge. We are located on the Northwestern University Medical Campus. This location provides access to top specialists in adult/pediatric acute care. If anything is needed during your stay, we can assist with coordinating additional concierge services.



Date of upload: 20th Jan 2017

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