Denny O’Malley was the President of Craig Hospital from 1974-2008. Under his leadership, Craig was internationally-recognized as a premier center for the rehabilitation and research of adults with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.
Denny received a B.S. in Business from Creighton University in 1971 and a Masters in Hospital and Health Care from the University of Minnesota in 1973. He was chair of the Board of the Colorado Hospital Association, the American Hospital Association’s Rehabilitation Governing Council, the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association, the Denver Zoo, and has served on numerous other non-profit boards during his career. He received the El Pomar Foundation’s Colorado Leader of the Year Award in 2008. He received lifetime achievement awards from the Denver Business Journal and Anthem Blue Cross of Colorado, the Insurance Rehabilitation Study Group, and the Brain Injury Association of Colorado. In 1997, Denny was recognized by his peers for his leadership and vision when he was awarded the American Hospital Association’s Brent England Award for outstanding leadership. He is a member of the Nebraska Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is a certified Spinning instructor. He and wife Denise have 6 daughters and 12 grandchildren.
Since 2008, Denny has been a strategy consultant for a variety of non-profit and for-profit enterprises. From 2009-2017, he was the lead consultant in the complex merger of Creighton University’s academic medical center into a regional community hospital system and migrating all health science teaching programs. He has been a consultant to the executive team and board of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, a charitable giving foundation which contributes over $25 million annually to spinal cord injury causes. He is the Executive Director of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals and has served as a facilitator to the leadership of numerous organizations in their strategic planning efforts.
From June 2017 to September 2018, Denny served as Interim CEO of the Denver Zoo while the Board conducted a national search. He was a member of the Zoo Board of Trustees from 2008-2016, and Chair from 2014-2015.