According to the Crotched Mountain web site, the decision to locate a facility on Crotched Mountain in Greenfield, New Hampshire, happened by chance.
One day while passing through Greenfield, Gregg was stopped by a local resident who suggested that he consider the property on top of Crotched Mountain for expanding his childrens’ programs. Gregg was so thrilled with the idea that both he and Dr. Jones set a plan in motion to build the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center (CMRC), founded in 1944. To do this, both Gregg and Jones did a tremendous amount of fund raising throughout the state. It was said that the fund raising project for CMRC was the biggest fund raising effort done in New Hampshire at that time. (www.cmf.org).
Gregg’s vision for Crotched Mountain is nicely summed up in the argument he presented to the executive committee of the Society for Crippled Children in 1947 when it was wavering in its decision about creating a Rehabilitation Center. In his book about Crotched Mountain, Philip Ginsburg describes what Gregg had to say as follows:
Since before the Society’s founding, the clinics have provided short-term treatment and minor operation, Greg told the committee, “and have been forced to refer patients elsewhere for major procedures”. This was a sadly limited response to the need. “The children we operate on in many instances need further treatment and rehabilitation”, he reminded them. There had been a large number of cases of polio in the last year, he pointed out, and rheumatic fever was the leading killer of school age children. . . . Yet there was no program in New Hampshire for the treatment of children who survived these diseases. And, most important, Gregg pointed out, there was no place “where they can have the necessary months of rehabilitation.” That would be the key element of the new Center at Crotched Mountain. The Society would no longer settle for merely relieving children of pain or easing their condition temporarily. It would now be able to do everything possible toward rehabilitation, to meet “the very definite obligation” the Society had long since accepted, as Gregg reminded his listeners, “to restore to normal health the crippled children of this state.” “The most remarkable thing about the handicapped,” Gregg said, in a characteristically austere but comprehensive description of the situation, “is that they are seeking but an ordinary future.” 4
A History of Challenging Cases
Crotched Mountain has a long tradition of taking on the most challenging cases. Once the Salk vaccine came into widespread use in 1955, Crotched Mountain experienced a rapid decline in its caseload and turned its attention to cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. At the time, the director of Crotched Mountain explained, “Most organizations will not accept
Crotched Mountain Foundation by Philip E. Ginsburg, p. 10-11.
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth