Patient Assistance Funds
A catastrophic spinal cord or brain injury can be devastating—physically, emotionally, and financially. More than half of the patients that come to Craig annually need financial help to get them through their crisis. Patient Assistance Funds help patients acquire needed adaptive equipment, remodel homes for accessibility, train caregivers, make travel arrangements, access interpretation services, afford air ambulance to get to Craig and meet transitional financial emergencies despite limited insurance coverage or financial means.
Amount of direct assistance for non-medical expenses paid yearly from the Craig Hospital Foundation.
Marcia Fale, Craig grad, Patient Assistance recipient
Marcia Fale spent two months as an inpatient at Craig Hospital, rehabilitating from an accident that caused an incomplete spinal cord injury.
After she discharged, the Craig Hospital Foundation’s Patient Assistance Fund paid for Marcia and her husband to stay in the Patient and Family Housing facility for two additional months. This allowed her to continue intensive outpatient therapy to regain movement and motor function.
By the time she returned home to St. Louis, she was able to walk short distances with the aid of a forearm crutch. She’s now walking almost full-time, and is back to enjoying her grandchildren and helping elementary school students learn how to read.
“The housing assistance made a huge difference,” she says. “Those two extra months gave me the strength and the confidence to go home knowing I could handle anything that came my way.”
Types of Patient Assistance, Fiscal Year 2015
Durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, shower commodes, lifts, etc.)
Air ambulance for new inpatients
Emergency assistance (mortgages, food, utility bills, etc.)
Transportation for discharging patients and families
Scholarships (PEAK membership, the Alumni Scholarship Program)
Dental or medical assistance
Caregiver support and training
Outpatient supplies and therapies