Craig advocates for and provides exceptional patient and family centered care for those affected by spinal cord and brain injury. Together we bravely strive for optimal health, independence, and life quality with unyielding determination.
The Craig Foundation promotes the mission of Craig Hospital by providing sustainable support.
Founded in 1907 by namesake Frank Craig, the hospital started as a tent colony for victims of tuberculosis. This mission continued into the late 1940's, until medical advances eradicated the disease. Shortly after, Craig transitioned into a treatment facility for polio, and then in the 1950's, into a hospital focused on rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Brain injury (BI) was added as a second specialty in the 1970's. Since 1956, Craig has helped more than 34,500 injured individuals and their families, including more SCI patients than any other single facility in the world.
Craig Hospital is a one of a kind medical institution, not just in the state of Colorado, but also on a regional and national level. This is because Craig is more than a hospital; we are an educational institution that teaches patients and families how to live the fullest lives possible after a catastrophic injury. Our focus is on fostering as much independence as possible for our patients, and finding new and innovative ways for them to be self-sufficient, take responsibility for their futures, and succeed in spite of surface limitations.
Craig is also a family; we seek to educate patients, their families, and even the community. We nurture a family culture where staff tenure is exceptional, and our graduates stay connected, supporting one another. This strong familial culture, in conjunction with our adherence to innovative rehabilitative approaches, generates patient outcomes that are remarkable and proven. Our patient outcomes are extraordinary. Compared to national averages, Craig graduates make greater gains during their initial rehabilitation. They are discharged to their homes at higher rates, are more functionally independent, and require less attendant care.
Colorado Gives Day is a very special day for the Craig community. Each year, our supporters come together to bring hope and healing to Craig patients as they face life-changing spinal cord and brain injuries. There are many patients relying on your compassion and generosity as they face brain and spinal cord injuries that are not only physically and psychologically overwhelming, they are often financially devastating.
Your gift will help people like Ashley, one of the many grateful Craig patients who have been empowered by people like you. Ashley sustained a spinal cord injury as the result of a car accident, leaving her paralyzed from the chest down. She came to Craig, where the love and support she felt gave her the strength to work hard. "All of the CNAs, nurses, every PT, OT-they all have our best interest in mind," she says. Today, Ashley is working safely and independently at home! Her greatest joy is giving back to the Craig family as a volunteer, supporting and mentoring other graduates.
This year, Craig patients have had to deal with catastrophic injuries as well as restrictions created by COVID-19. During these challenging times, please consider a special Colorado Gives Day donation to support their path toward recovery and independence. Your donation, no matter the amount, will make a difference in the lives of so many patients like Ashley.