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Inpatient Admissions Process & Criteria

Inpatient Admissions Process

  1. Call to submit a referral. A clinician, physician or claims adjuster can make the referral.
  2. Our experts will evaluate the patient’s situation against the criteria for admittance. We treat patients 16 years of age and up, making few exceptions for younger patients.
  3. On site visit from a Clinical Liaison to discuss rehabilitation at Craig.

Inpatient Admissions Criteria

How we decide who is admitted

All admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Admission is based on diagnosis, medical condition, rehabilitation goals, funding requirements, and anticipated discharge disposition.

Who we serve

Craig Hospital treats patients with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or related neurological disorders. Craig Hospital does not discriminate admissions on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, or culture.

Craig Hospital's programs are designed for adult patients, 16 years of age or older, and on some occasions there are exceptions for younger patients, and exceptions require Medical Director approval. Patients 70-74 years old will need to be reviewed by a Medical Director and patients 75 and above will not be a candidate for our rehab program. Craig Hospital does not admit patients with brain injury on ventilators. Referral of patients with spinal cord injury on ventilators are appropriate for Craig rehab.

Physician Referrals

All referrals have to be approved prior to admission by Craig Hospital and the Craig physicians in the CNS Medical Group, P.C. Physician to physician referral to Craig is highly recommended but not mandatory. Previous medical records are required to make an admission determination.

We're here to help

In many referral situations there can be challenging issues regarding a family's ability to travel to do a tour, distance versus quality concerns, patient transportation costs for the transfer from acute care to rehabilitation, family and child care needs, and others. We want families to know that because we admit patients from almost every state in the U.S. each year, we understand and work with families on these challenges virtually every day. We invite you to call us so we can work with you and your particular circumstances and needs. With our non-profit status and our Craig Hospital Foundation, we have resources and flexibility to meet peoples' needs in areas that many other rehabilitation hospitals do not.