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Celebrating Craig’s Top 10 of 2013

December 30, 2013

It was a busy and exciting year at Craig Hospital. Here’s our list of the top ten highlights of 2013.

1. Craig begins campus expansion and renovation

The Craig campus expansion and renovation began in February and upon completion will bring the quality of Craig’s physical facilities in line with the world class staff, patient outcomes, and high quality of care Craig provides to its catastrophically-injured patients and their families. When completed over the next 2½ years, approximately 90,000 sq. feet of new space will be added and 135,000 sq. feet of existing space will be renovated. An enclosed campus will connect the East and West buildings with a cul-de-sac main entrance and an accessible garden plaza area.

2. Craig earns top awards

Craig earns American Nurses Association’s top nursing award

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In February, Craig received the NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality® at the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Nursing Quality Conference. This is the second time in three years that Craig has received the top honor in the U.S. in the rehabilitation category by the ANA.

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For the 24th consecutive year — every year since the rankings began in 1990, Craig Hospital has again been named in the Top 10 of America’s Rehabilitation Hospitals by US News and World Report in their survey of rehabilitation physicians from around the U.S.

Top Place to Work

The Denver Post Top Work Place 2013

Craig also ranked No. 2 in Colorado and regionally among hospitals of all specialties. In the second annual Top Work Places survey conducted by The Denver Post, Craig earned the No. 2 spot among large employers and received a special award for Training.

3. Craig featured in HBO documentary

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The film “The Crash Reel,” released by HBO this summer, is an extraordinary documentary about the life of former Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce and his family, his traumatic brain injury in 2009, his rehab at Craig Hospital, and his recovery since. The film is an educational exposé about risk, the hard work of rehab after injury, self-aware­ness, adjustment to disability, and the importance of family in recovery. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced The Crash Reel is on its Shortlist, the 15 documentary features in contention for the Oscar. The list was narrowed down from a huge category of 147 films that had originally qualified. Kevin and his family have established the Kevin Pearce Fund in the Craig Hospital Foundation for patients with TBI.

4. Craig joins NeuroRecovery Network

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Craig Hospital joined the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network(NRN), a network of eight leading-edge rehabilitation centers designed to provide and develop therapies to promote functional recovery and improve the health and quality of life for people living with paralysis. Funded by the Reeve Foundation through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NRN translates the latest scientific advances into effective, activity-based rehabilitation treatments.

5. Craig receives generous support

Craig Hospital received $10 million gift from Dave and Gail Liniger


The Craig Hospital Foundation received a generous gift of $10 million from Dave and Gail Liniger, founders of RE/MAX, LLC. The donation was made to Redefining ROI: The Campaign for Craig Hospital, the capital campaign that will fund Craig’s ambitious expansion and renovation project. It is the largest gift in Craig’s history.

2013 marks most successful PUSH event ever

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Attended by nearly 1,300 people, the 12th Annual Craig Hospital PUSH on March 1 brought in more than $1.2 million. The event provides funding for research, patient assistance and Craig’s programs of excellence.

Craig supporters show up for Colorado Gives Day

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The Craig Hospital Foundation raised $140,015 in just 24 hours on Colorado Gives Day, December 10. This is a 553% increase over last year’s $21,420 total! All funds will go to support Craig Hospital patients and programs.

6. Topping-off marks Craig Expansion


On October 10, Craig Hospital held a topping off party to commemorate placement of the final structural steel beam on the top of the hospital’s expansion project. The topping-themed party included pizza, ice cream and top hats.

7. Tower crane hoists a car four stories on top of Craig Hospital

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On October 14, a tower crane lifted a 4-door sedan “Transfer Car” provided by Dealin’ Doug Dealerships to the top of Craig Hospital’s campus expansion project. The “Transfer Car” will be part of the new “Transfer Lab” which will serve as a practice environment for patients who are disabled as a result of a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury. The Transfer Lab will also include airline seats, bathroom equipment and other devices encountered in day-to-day living situations as Craig patients learn important independent mobility skills during their rehabilitation at Craig.

8. Craig participates in Secure Health Information Exchange (HIE) Network


Craig partnered with the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) to participate in a secure health information exchange (HIE) network. The CORHIO HIE is a highly protected electronic network that links the medial records systems of hospitals, doctors and other health care providers throughout Colorado. This allows providers to exchange vital patient information such as lab test and pathology results; X-ray, MRI and other imaging reports; and physician transcription reports for patient care. For our patients, this will help reduce delays in developing treatment plans and the need for costly, redundant testing. Patients can be confident that all providers are looking at the same information housed within a secure environment.

9. Craig co-hosts world-class wheelchair rugby tournament “Mile High Mayhem!

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In early February, the Denver Harlequins Wheelchair Rugby Club, the Denver Harlequins Rugby Club, Craig Hospital and the City of Englewood hosted a world-class Wheelchair Rugby Tournament at Englewood High School, featuring five of the finest teams in the world. More than 60 athletes competed, including two who won bronze medals for the U.S. Paralympic Team in London in 2012.

10. Craig featured in best-selling author Danielle Steel’s new book


Novelist Danielle Steel, currently the bestselling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all time, wrote about Craig Hospital in her new book “Winners.” The book, released in October is already a New York Times Bestseller.