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IGFS Announces the First European Geriatric Fracture Care Programs to Achieve Certification

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March 24, 2015


Contact: Fraser Cobbe




International Geriatric Fracture Society Announces the First European Geriatric Fracture Care Programs to Achieve Certification


TAMPA - The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) announces the certification of the first European Geriatric Fracture Care Programs as recognized by the IGFS CORE Certification Program.   The CORE Certification Program is a global quality improvement initiative designed to recognize the achievements of programs that exceed outcomes benchmarks in the management of geriatric fractures.


The latest programs to achieve the highest certification level possible through the CORE Certification Program (Premier Level) and the first European Programs to secure this recognition are:



  • Universit√§tsspital Basel, Orthop√§die/Traumatologie, Basel, Switzerland
  • Zurich Town Hospital, Geriatric Fracture Centre, Zurich, Switzerland


In receiving this recognition both programs have exceeded benchmarks on key quality indicators as identified by the IGFS in data submitted over the past year.


"Today is an historic day for our organization and geriatric fracture care around the world," stated Michael Suk, M.D., J.D., M.P.H, Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Geisinger Health System and President of the IGFS. 


"It is with great pleasure that we recognize the leadership and success of two of the pioneer Geriatric Fracture Care Programs in Europe. One of our primary goals is to validate that the principles and processes we have identified will translate to health systems and nations around the globe.  The success of the programs in Basel and Zurich illustrate those values we champion: collaboration, quality improvement, and outcomes measurement are universal.  It is a privilege to recognize their success by welcoming them as the latest Premier Level Certified Programs and the first certified programs in Europe." 


One of the leading healthcare challenges for society is the prevalence and cost associated with geriatric fracture care for our aging population.  The mission of the IGFS is to promote co-management of fragility fractures centered around an inter-disciplinary team that focuses on key quality indicators such as time to surgery, readmission rates, mortality, and osteoporosis education.  The CORE Certification Program was developed by the IGFS team of international experts representing thought-leaders in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.   This is the first major initiative of the organization to recognize achievements of Geriatric Fracture Care Programs that are delivering the highest quality care to this patient population.


About the International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS)

Founded in 2012, the IGFS is a non-profit, 501(c)6 designated organization whose membership includes some of the world's premier thought-leaders on geriatric fracture care management.  The mission of the Society is to be recognized as the foremost international authority for collaboration on the delivery of evidenced-based patient- centered care for the treatment of geriatric or fragility fractures.



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