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Craig Hospital Receives NDNQI® Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality

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Craig Hospital Receives 2014 Press Ganey NDNQI® Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality, Honoring Excellence in Nursing-Sensitive Quality Measures

November 24, 2014 (Englewood, CO) – Craig Hospital is proud to announce it has been named a winner of the 2014 NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality by Press Ganey Associates, Inc. The award recognizes the top-performing rehabilitation hospital that has achieved excellence in overall performance in nursing quality indicators. This is the fourth time in five years Craig Hospital has received this recognition.

The NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality honors hospitals that have made impressive and measurable improvements in nursing performance and patient outcomes. The award is given annually to the top performing facility in each of seven categories: academic medical center, teaching hospital, community hospital, pediatric hospital, rehabilitation hospital, psychiatric hospital and international. Press Ganey is the nation’s leading health care performance improvement company and partners with more than 11,000 health care facilities, including more than half of all U.S. hospitals, to reduce suffering and improve the patient experience.

"We are proud to partner with Craig Hospital,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “Achieving and sustaining overall excellence in nursing-sensitive quality measures reflects the organization’s deep commitment advancing the quality and delivery of patient-centered care.”

“Our nursing staff works extremely hard to provide quality patient care with outstanding outcomes. They are committed to continuously improving the patient experience,” said Mike Fordyce, President and CEO of Craig Hospital. “This is an important achievement for Craig Hospital and all those we serve.”

Compared to other rehabilitation hospitals and hospitals with the Magnet designation, Craig Hospital performs consistently higher than the national average. The quality nursing indicators used in the determination of the NDNQI award include: falls, hospital acquired pressure ulcers and infection rates, which are consistently low at Craig Hospital. Craig Hospital ranks high in RN satisfaction. RN satisfaction scores are compared in categories including RN-physician relationships, staffing and resource adequacy, nurse manager performance, foundations for quality of care, and participation in hospital affairs.

Craig Hospital

Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO, a suburb of Denver, 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 for outstanding nursing quality four out of the last five 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.

Press Ganey Associates, Inc.

Recognized as a leader in performance improvement for nearly 30 years, Press Ganey partners with more than 11,000 health care organizations worldwide to create and sustain high-performing organizations, and, ultimately, improve the overall health care experience. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions to help clients operate efficiently, improve quality, increase market share and optimize reimbursement. Press Ganey works with clients from across the continuum of care – hospitals, medical practices, home care agencies and other providers – including more than 50% of all U.S. hospitals. For more information, visit