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Craig Hospital Foundation
In his early 20's, Ben Hernandez was on his way to a job site when the vehicle he was in hit a tree. The accident left Ben facing what would be one of his biggest challenges and greatest motivators: A spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed.
If you or a family member suffered a catastrophic injury, Craig Hospital would be here for you. Your gift is extremely important. It ensures that people like Ben can access our world-class comprehensive rehabilitation services.
Thank you for your interest in helping Craig Hospital to maintain its excellence as one of the world's top spinal cord and traumatic brain injury facilities. The unparalleled success of graduates who have completed rehabilitation here has given Craig Hospital this stellar reputation. Your contributions ensure that people who suffer catastrophic injury can always achieve the best possible outcomes.
Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado is a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital that exclusively specializes in the neuro-rehabilitation and research of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Craig is a not-for-profit, free-standing, national center of excellence that has treated nearly 30,000 patients with SCI and TBI since 1956.
We've worked with more patients with spinal cord injuries than any other single center in the world. We've gained tremendous expertise by focusing solely on spinal cord injuries (SCI) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) since we became a specialty hospital in 1956.
30,0000 patients with an SCI or TBI have been treated at Craig Hospital. Our medical staff has pioneered rehabilitation and survival techniques that have been adopted around the world. Our nursing staff is among the best in the country. Craig Hospital has been ranked among the nation's top ten rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News and World Report for 24 years.
Your generous contributions help patients and families receive unmatched care and access to programs like Patient Financial Assistance, Adaptive Child Care, Community Reintegration, Music Therapy, the PEAK Center and more.
When you are deciding which organization to support, please choose Craig. Your generosity will help patients and their families achieve their dreams.
For our patients,
Mary Konrad Feller
Craig Hospital Foundation
Craig Hospital's functional patient outcomes are superior in comparison with almost every national average in the most important measures of rehabilitation outcomes. On average, Craig graduates are more dependent when they are admitted, make greater functional gains during their initial treatment, are discharged home at higher rates, return to work or school in greater numbers, are more functionally independent and require less attendant care, have fewer re-hospitalizations, have higher levels of community re-integration and satisfaction with life, and have higher earning power than their national peer group treated in other rehabilitation programs.
As one of the first rehabilitation hospitals in the U.S., Craig Hospital is the only free-standing facility in the country that focuses exclusively on spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) - two of the most devastating and life-changing injuries one can experience. Since 1956, Craig has helped more than 27,500 injured individuals and their families, including more SCI patients than any other single facility in the world. Annually, Craig serves more than 450 inpatient patients annully and more than 2,300 outpatient clients for health maintenance, medical-surgical care, education, and preventive care.
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 SCI. TBI was added as a second specialty in the 1970's. Since 1956, Craig has helped more than 27,500 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. Studies that compare the outcomes of Craig patients to those rehabilitated elsewhere show that patients arrive at Craig with more severe impairments, yet 91% of them return to home, work, and school, compared to 69% from other rehabilitation centers.
Executive Director Statement
Message from the Mary Feller, Executive Director Craig Hospital Foundation:
I'm constantly inspired by the determination of our patients and the strength of their family members. These individuals face life-altering situations with grace and courage. With the support of Craig staff and the help of donors like you, they are able to make incredible progress.
The past year was filled with great change and great excitement for the Craig family. The new addition opened in August, housing private patient rooms and an incredible new facility for the PEAK Center. But the project is far from complete. Attention has now turned to a full renovation of the West Building. When the project is complete in 2016, we will have a world-class facility that will match our world-class care.
Many of you have assisted us along with way, helping us raise more than $38 million for the Redefining ROI Campaign. We thank you for your investment in the future of Craig Hospital, and we look forward to your continued support as we raise the remaining $12 million to complete the project.
As you review information about the organization, I hope you will be inspired by the stories of the incredible people
and programs that make Craig the special place that it is. This report is really about you and all the ways that you have made a difference to the individuals and families that we are so very honored to serve. I hope that you feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that you helped support their efforts.
Board Chair/President Statement
Message from Mike Fordyce, President and CEO Craig Hospital:
Some things never change at Craig Hospital, year in and year out. Every year we recognize and celebrate our core blessings. We have the best staff in health care today that delivers the very best of outcomes for those affected by catastrophic spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. At Craig Hospital our staff focuses entirely on the patient and their family members to determine the treatment and therapy processes that will bring them to the highest possible level of independence. More than 91 percent of our patients return to work or school following their injuries. Quite frankly, no one provides the total patient experience and outcomes as well as Craig Hospital.
This past year we were identified as a top 10 rehabilitation hospital for the 25th year in a row by U.S. News and World Report. The Denver Post recognized Craig as a Best Place to Work, based on our employee opinion survey outcome, and the American Nurses Association recognized Craig as the best rehabilitation hospital in the U.S. for nursing quality. But while our staff and our results remain consistent from year to year, many things are changing at Craig. We are halfway to completion of the largest campus expansion and renovation plan in Craig's history.
The new campus is taking shape, and we can now envision how truly remarkable our campus will be in the very near future. It is with your continued support that we will be able to complete the campus plan and continue to provide the very best in rehabilitation services to those we have the privilege to serve.
On her honeymoon in New Zealand, Kirsten and her husband were in a tragic car crash. Kallan was pronounced dead at the scene while Kirsten was rushed to a local intensive care unit. "My parents were warned that, with the severity of my brain injury, I probably wouldn't live and that if I did, I would be in a vegetative state for the rest of my life."
"I never accepted that I wouldn't get my life back and I don't think Craig accept that I wouldn't get my life back. If it weren't for programs at Craig that are funded by private donations, I don't think I would be where I am today."
Please give to Craig Hospital. Your gift of $100, $500, $1,000 or $5,000 can make all the difference…to our doctors, our nurses, our therapists and our patients.
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Don and Melba Rugg Adaptive Technology Labby Craig Hospital
Craig Hospital is honoring Don Rugg and his wife Melba for the pioneering role that they played in early years of treating patients with spinal cord injuries. In 1954 Don was a recent engineering graduate from the University of Denver traveling to his first job at Bell Laboratories when his car was hit by another vehicle in eastern Colorado. Don suffered damage to his spinal cord that resulted in paralysis of both his arms and legs. At the time of his injury, many SCI patients suffered from frequent, severe complications due to pressure sores, the result of being bedridden or confined to a traditional wheelchair without frequent movement and weight shifts.
However, Don would not accept this fate, and rather than self-pity, he focused his energy on creating an innovative solution to his problem. Working with his friend Bill Orr, they invented and patented the power reclining wheelchair that prevented pressure sores in quadriplegics. This discovery was instrumental for the SCI rehabilitation program at Craig where patients would to be fitted for and learn to use this chair that would give thousands the independence they deserve. Don and Melba continued their association with Craig for several decades, sometimes as patient and often as source of inspiration and emotional support to new families facing the challenges of new spinal cord injuries.
A long-time friend and fellow researcher, Mike Durham and his wife Jan, have agreed to match up to $250,000 in gifts given in Don and Melba's honor for the Craig Hospital ROI Capital Campaign. This support will recognize the excellent work of Craig Hospital and honor Don and Melba's courage, strength and tremendous accomplishments.
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Rayce Joseph Calvaresiby Pay It Forward :: Greg Brandt :: Campaign CEO
Rayce Joseph Calvaresi has always been good at just about everything he has ever attempted. As a rebellious teenager and young adult he was feared and respected for his quick temper and ruthless combatant skills. As a musician, his adroit ability to write music coupled with his soulful voice and gifted talent to play keyboards and guitar has won him many competitions and accolades from any who have had the pleasure of seeing him perform. His brilliance as a member of the automotive finance and sales industry has resulted in him becoming well respected member of that community, all while being a loving husband, father of four and stepfather of three.
Now, as he enters his middle years, he is faced with a challenge that would bring most people to their knees in defeat, but the word defeat has never been part of Rayce's DNA or his vocabulary. On October 28, 2012 Rayce fell from a third story balcony resulting in a crushed C6 vertebrae and leaving him categorized as a functional quadriplegic. His lower body from mid chest down is presently not functioning at all, and although he can move his arms and hands, the dexterity in his hands has been extremely affected.
At this point it might be good to rewind back to his young adult years when he made the amazing transition from ruthless self centered "Sonny C" (which was the alter ego and nickname by which he was known back then) to Rayce Joseph Calvaresi the God fearing church worship leader who spent the majority of every waking hour giving honor and praise to the Source of his extraordinary musical talent. Needless to say, a lasting transformation of this magnitude takes a special spiritual touch, and in Rayce's life. it can be solely attributed to his unwavering commitment to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
His exceptional positive attitude and determination to get victory over his present circumstance can also be attributed to his unwavering faith. And, that couldn't have been more evident than on the very night he fell, while still on the ground and at the first recognition that he couldn't move his legs, he prayed "If this is your will for me Lord, so be it". Any professional involved in traumatic injury recovery will agree that "taking ownership" and accepting ones condition is, if not the most important, certainly one of the most important elements of recovery and rehabilitation. While at Craig Hospital, one of the most highly regarded spinal injury hospitals in the world, Rayce set records for his quick movement through the various levels of occupational therapy while being an inspiration to all those around him. He was credited with helping at least two of his fellow patients who had never totally come to grips with their injury completely change their attitudes about interacting with other patients and to explore the many special programs and equipment available that focused on all the things they could do, instead of all the things they couldn't. As a result, he has been invited back as a patient mentor.
It is very obvious that God has trusted Rayce with a journey that He is confident he can complete, and he has already accomplished much in fulfilling that commission. It is the goal of this fund raiser to give him assistance in that journey.
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