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Parker Indego Debuts at Craig Hospital

Media Release

October 7, 2014

Parker Indego Debuts at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado


  • Craig Hospital has been selected and is proud to be part of Indego trial and work with Parker Hannifin
  • Craig is experienced in the use of advanced technology and is looking forward to again be at the forefront of innovation in rehabilitation

Craig Hospital is the first of three leading rehabilitation centers within the United States to receive Indego—a powered lower limb orthosis, also known as exoskeleton—as part of a multicenter study. Indego offers people with impaired mobility a new level of independence by allowing gait impaired individuals to stand and walk. The device enables clinicians to conduct over-ground, task specific gait training.

“The exciting part for us is to test a device that can be used as a therapy tool but as well as a mobility assistive device that patients will be able to take home eventually,” said Candy Tefertiller, Director of Physical Therapy at Craig Hospital.

A selected team at Craig Hospital has been trained by experienced Indego trainers from Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA, which serves as Parker’s lead rehabilitation center for clinical testing of the device.

“We are very excited to start this trial at Craig Hospital where the team here will play a critical role in collecting meaningful performance data,” said Achilleas Dorotheou, head of the human motion and control business unit for Parker. “Our objective is to bring Indego to market to enable people who were told they would never walk again, to stand upright and walk and provide a new level of independence. We will be working with the best and most respected rehabilitation clinicians and researchers in the country gathering evidence that not only demonstrates the safety of Indego but proves its tangible clinical and economic benefit.”

“At Craig Hospital, it’s important that we not only have the highest quality care, but also provide our patients with the latest in technology and research,” said Mike Fordyce, CEO of Craig Hospital. “We look forward to working with the new Indego and seeing how it can help those we serve.”

Indego is available in the United States only for investigational use until FDA approval has been obtained, which is anticipated for mid 2015. The other centers which have been selected to participate in the Indego trial are the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, NYU Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation and Shepherd Center.

Craig Hospital Contacts

Craig Hospital Media Contact:
Lisa Stites
303-789-8019 or

Craig Hospital Indego Trial Contact
Candy Tefertiller, Director Physical Therapy
303-789-8251 or

Parker Hannifin Contact information:

Parker Hannifin Communications:
Aidan Gormley
216-896-3258 or

Parker Hannifin Indego Trial:
Stefan Bircher, Global Market Development Manager
216-896-2741 or

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.

About Parker Hannifin Corporation

With annual sales of $13 billion in fiscal year 2014, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 57,500 people in 50 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 58 consecutive fiscal years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's website at or its investor information website at