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March 15, 2017

Angel MedFlight’s Preferred Partner Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is Now The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

BY Angel MedFlight
Using Air Ambulance to Get to Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly RIC)

Our preferred air ambulance partner, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), is breaking ground March 25th on their new $550 million Chicago hospital facility, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Streeterville. AbilityLab will replace Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s previous name and the old building on East Superior Street. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has been ranked the #1 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation hospital in U.S. News & World Report’s for many years.

The new facility with the new name, like the old one, will continue to serve patients with complex conditions who still need care and rehab services after they leave traditional hospitals.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the new 1.2-million-square-foot facility, a big part of RIC’s rebranding as AbilityLab, will open with 242 beds and could offer as many as 360 in the future — up from 182 at the Rehabilitation Institute now. The current facility has to turn away about 600 to 700 patients a year due to lack of space, said Dr. Joanne Smith, president and CEO of the AbilityLab.

Angel MedFlight Air Ambulance will continue our partnership transferring the AbilityLab’s patient population. Angel MedFlight and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab have launched various classes in their healthcare educational series focusing on Traumatic Injuries, Decision Making and Windows of Opportunity.


AbilityLab’s Key Focus Areas

    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Brain Injury
    • Stroke Recovery
    • Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program
    • Global Patient Services



How Can We Help?

  • We transport virtually any medical condition including, but not limited to; traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, status post trauma, open or closed head injuries, burn and wound patients, cancer patients and infant & pediatric patients.
  • Our team advocates for insurance coverage by verifying insurance benefits, submitting insurance pre-authorization requests and even appealing the decision (at no extra cost to patients) if a claim is denied.


For more information you can contact AbilityLab’s Travel Coordinator at (312) 238-3283, reach an Angel MedFlight Flight Coordinator at (855) 916-9747 or visit or