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Craig Hospital receives $100,000 grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation

Craig Hospital Foundation Contact

Jordan Ames:  james@craighospital.org, (w) 303-789-8108, (c) 720-231-0267


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Craig Hospital receives $100,000 grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation

Funds will create welcome and healing gardens to unite Craig’s new campus

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— Craig Hospital has received a $100,000 grant from the Colorado Garden Foundation(CGF) to create two special garden areas in a green space between the hospital’s East and West buildings.

Craig is currently in the midst of a multi-year expansion and renovation project that will add approximately85,000 square feet of new space and renovate approximately 135,000 square feet of existing space. Craig Hospital worked with the City of Englewood to close Clarkson Street between the East and West buildings in

order to have an enclosed, safer campus with a cul-de-sac main entrance and accessible front garden area.

The Colorado Garden Foundation grant will allow Craig to construct a Patient Arrival Garden that will provide a sense of welcome and peace to help patients and families feel calm and secure during their first moments on campus. In addition, a 9,200 sq. ft. Healing Garden will include a pedestrian promenade, plaza, water feature, seating and raised planting beds of different heights for patient therapy.

The Therapy Gardens are Maintained by Craig’s Therapeutic Recreation department with the assistance of Craig’s Registered Horticultural Therapist, who works individually with patients and runs monthly classes. Each year, the horticultural therapy program works with dozens of inpatients and outpatients with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries to teach them new skills and help them learn how to enjoy life’s “new normal.”

The grant-funded Healing Garden will more than triple the amount of outdoor therapeutic space available for use with our patients, greatly benefitting functional patient outcomes. 

According to Tom Carr, director of Therapeutic Recreation of Craig Hospital, “The Colorado Garden Foundation’s generous funding will help us grow and expand our outdoor spaces into usable therapeutic environments that also provide places of refuge and relaxation for patients, families and the community surrounding Craig Hospital.”

The Colorado Garden Foundation is a non-profit that funds Horticultural-specific projects and scholarships throughout Colorado. Grants and scholarships are awarded from ticket proceeds generated at the CGF’s two annual shows: Colorado Garden & Home Show and Colorado Fall Home Show. Since the 1970s, Colorado Garden Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million to more than 214 organizations in Colorado. To learn about the grants and scholarship program, please visit www.ColoradoGardenFoundation.org.


About the Colorado Garden Foundation

The Colorado Garden Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, 501(c)(3), provides funds for horticultural-related grants and scholarships for the benefit of Colorado. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million for horticultural projects and scholarships throughout the state. Colorado Garden Foundation presents the Colorado Fall Home Show focusing on home renovation, remodeling and sustainable living and the Colorado Garden & Home Show, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest, oldest and most prestigious consumer garden and home improvement show west of the Mississippi in February. For more information, visit  ColoradoGardenFoundation.orgfacebook.com/coloradogardenfoundation or Twitter @cogardenfdn.

About the Craig Hospital Foundation

The Craig Hospital Foundation supports the Craig Hospital in achieving its goals through philanthropy. Operating in accordance with the philosophy of Craig Hospital, the Foundation builds lifelong relationships with contributors, raises funds and dedicates its resources to further advance the needs of Craig Hospital and those it serves. Guided by a dedicated and civic-minded board of directors, the Craig Hospital Foundation offers members of the community a number of meaningful ways to support the hospital’s work helping people rebuild their lives. www.craighospital.org/foundation.

ABOUT CRAIG HOSPITAL

Craig Hospital in Denver, CO, is world-renowned for the specialty rehabilitation and research for patients with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Craig is a 93-bed, private, not-for-profit, free-standing rehabilitation and long-term acute care hospital that provides a comprehensive system of inpatient and outpatient medical care, rehabilitation, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, and long-term follow-up services. Half of Craig's patients come from outside of Colorado. Craig is designated by the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR) as a Model System Center for both spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Craig is the NIDRR National Statistical TBI database for the other 16 Model System Centers in the U.S. Craig received the prestigious Magnet Recognition® for quality in nursing, in 2005-2010 and 2011-2015 and the Magnet Prize® Award in 2012. Craig Hospital has received the NDNQI® award as the nation's top rehab hospital by the American Nurses, three out of the past four years. In 2013 and 2014, Craig was voted by employees as a "Top Work Place" by the Denver Post, and was ranked in the top 150 places to work in healthcare by Becker's Healthcare in 2014. Craig has been ranked as a Top Ten rehabilitation center by U.S. News and World Report for 25 consecutive years, since the rankings began. www.craighospital.org