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​New patient rooms increase privacy, convenience

November 24, 2014

When the new addition opened in August, some patients with spinal cord injury from the previous 3 West floor moved into the new patient rooms on the addition’s third and fourth floor.

Previously, many patient rooms were double- and triple-occupancy, with shared dormitory-style bathrooms. These shared patient rooms didn’t allow patients and their families the privacy and calm environment they need to rest and recover. These problems have been addressed in the new rooms.

“Healthcare design is all about providing the correct space that enhances staff workflow and positive patient experiences,” says Diane Reinhard, Craig’s vice president of patient care. “In our new patient rooms we have incorporated the correct elements for an amazing environment for our patients and staff.”

When the project is complete, all Craig Hospital patient rooms will be private. The new rooms have:

  • Dedicated family areas
  • Large private bathrooms with showers
  • Large windows to allow for plenty of natural sunlight.
  • Higher ceilings for better and more strategically placed patient lift tracks, which allow patient to be transferred from the bed to the bathroom
  • Charging stations for power wheelchairs
  • More privacy for family interactions and conversations with physicians and therapists
  • Full environmental controls for each patient room
  • Adaptable stimulus environments for patients

Reinhard says that patient feedback on the new rooms has been very positive. “The rooms promote a healing environment for patients and families, as well as provide a space for our staff to work at their highest potential,” she says. 

Jennifer Biggs Arnold, associate chief nursing officer, also heard positive feedback from the patients that moved into the new rooms. “Everyone knew the new rooms were coming, but they were very pleasantly surprised,” she says. “They were so pleased with the private bathrooms, the views, and the brightness of the new units.”


The Craig Hospital Foundation is currently soliciting donors to underwrite these new rooms. For a gift of $100,000 to the Redefining ROI Campaign, the donor may name the room, or choose to honor of a friend or loved one through the naming. These gifts can be paid over three years and may entitle the donor to a 25% Colorado state tax credit through the Enterprise Zone program. For more information about supporting the Redefining ROI Campaign and naming a patient room, contact foundation@craighospital.org or 303-789-8650.