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Craig Hospital receives $5,000 grant from Xcel Energy

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


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Craig Hospital receives $5,000 grant from Xcel Energy

Grant money to fund Community Reintegration Program

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Craig Hospital has received a $5,000 grant from  Xcel Energy. The grant will help fund Craig’s Community Reintegration program, which gives newly disabled individuals the skills and opportunity to become economically self-sufficient again.

A permanent disability brought on by a catastrophic injury causes profound economic changes for patients and their families. Beyond functional deficits, a spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury depletes financial resources and places work and career plans on hold, causing further economic setbacks. The Community Reintegration (CR) program works toward returning patients to their former work environment whenever possible.

As a patient is nearing discharge, the CR team conducts work readiness assessments and worksite evaluations to look for safety, access and accommodation needs. CR staff offer the employer guidance on reintegrating a former employee back into the work environment and on accommodations that will allow the employee to be successful. Once the patient has returned to work, the CR staff visits the patient at the worksite to ensure things are going well, slowly tapering off as the patient and employer begins to feel more comfortable.

When a patient cannot return to a job after injury or were previously unemployed, the CR team helps with career exploration, interest testing and assistance with returning or applying to a university or trade school.

The CR staff also connects the patient to resources provided by the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), one of the CR program’s most significant collaborative partners. However, due to a budget crisis, DVR is unable to fund Craig as it has in the past.

“Many insurance companies do not often fund vocational services and so much of what we do is dependent on state funding,” says Tiffany Heck, Community Reintegration supervisor. “As our DVR resources are currently limited, we have to look for other funding sources—grants like the recent award from Xcel Energy will be essential to helping this program survive.”


About Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company operating in eight Western and Midwestern states. The company is committed to providing cost-effective, clean, responsible energy delivered with the highest standards for safety, reliability and responsiveness. Xcel Energy supports communities in four important focus areas: math and science education; environmental stewardship; job training, placement and creation; and access to arts and culture. In 2012, Xcel Energy invested $8 million in support of communities across its service territory. 

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