New Chicago Hospital Invests $600 Million into Bringing Discoveries to Patients Sooner

April 12, 2017

There’s a new and different approach to regaining ability after a disabling injury. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the new home of  the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), is now open. The state-of the-art facility is a rehabilitation hospital like no other – it integrates science and care to bring faster patient recoveries.

A simulation of a rehabilitation area in Ability Lab

A simulation of a rehabilitation area in Ability Lab

Upon opening in March 2017, the $550 million, 1.2-million-square-foot Shirley Ryan AbilityLab became the first-ever translational research hospital where clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, surrounding patients, discovering new approaches and applying (or translating) research real time.“With the design of our new hospital, we’re literally taking down walls to harness this moment and facilitate guided ‘collisions,’ says Joanne C. Smith, MD, president and CEO of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, in a media release. “This model of translational research will change the way people work and the way patients get better, increasing the likelihood that promising research ideas will be converted into viable medical treatments.”

The Shirley Ryan Ability Lab Featured on WGN Evening News, Chicago

New rehab facility aims to be world’s best, bring new treatments to patients faster

“Our new brand reflects our vision and strategy, is differentiating and memorable, and underscores the important relationship between humanity and science,” explains Betsy Owens, chief marketing and innovation officer for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. “Most importantly, it shifts the focus from disability to ability, and from the process of rehabilitation to the outcome.”

This unique model enables patients to have 24/7 access to the brightest minds, the latest research and the best opportunity for recovery. For more information, go to

For more about rehabilitation on our website – see David Chen, MD,  Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program, Ability Lab, Chicago discuss what factors are important in choosing a rehabilitation facility after a spinal cord injury here:




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