Project Director: Gale G Whiteneck
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Comprehensive rehabilitation: The comprehensive rehabilitation program at Craig Hospital is the foundation upon which all other RMRBIS programming has been built. Craig Hospital has been providing rehabilitation for people with brain injuries since 1956, making it one of the most experienced brain injury rehabilitation programs in the country. Fifty years of experience and acquired expertise has developed a comprehensive system of care, taking patients from the first few weeks of injury to return to home and community. Services provided include Rehabilitation Nursing, PT, OT, Speech, Therapeutic Recreation, Psychological and Vocational services, organized by one of two primary physicians supported by 250 physician consultants, using a team approach and focusing on individual functional goals. Craig Hospital is licensed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and is accredited by JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations). It consists of 93 in-patient rehabilitation beds, 26 of which are dedicated to traumatic brain injury. Annually, Craig Hospital serves approximately 125 individuals with new traumatic brain injuries. Craig Hospital receives referrals from all local hospitals as well as numerous out-of-state hospitals, however, the two RMRBIS acute care centers account for about 40% of its annual referrals.
Post-Acute Services in Rehabilitation: A comprehensive Outpatient Program addresses the health and functional issues confronting TBI survivors as they leave the hospital. A multidisciplinary team continues working toward the goals established during the inpatient stay, to help consumers master the skills and relationships necessary to be independent and productive in their communities. The program builds skills, confidence, self awareness and compensation strategies. The outpatient program focuses on home and community re-integration, including a functional evaluation followed by goal-directed training. This program provides a "real life" assessment of independence in the community, capabilities and functional limitations prior to an individual's attempt to return to pre-injury activities or employment. Craig Hospital provides long-term support for persons in the post acute phase of TBI. Past experience at Craig Hospital - substantiated by other programs, researchers and consumers - has taught us that many people with brain injury continue to have ongoing or episodic needs. The need for education, services and support exists independently of discharge dates, and so Follow-up Services continues for patients and families after outpatient rehabilitation ends.