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St. John Medical Center Geriatric Fracture Care Program Recognized with Premier Certification Status

Thursday, August 4, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Diane Berg
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St. John Medical Center Geriatric Fracture Care Program Recognized with Premier Certification Status for Clinical Quality


TAMPA – The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) is pleased to announce the latest program to secure the highest level of certification for Geriatric Fracture Care Programs as recognized by the IGFS CORE Certification Program, St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.   The CORE Certification Program is a global quality improvement initiative designed to recognize the achievements of programs that exceed outcome benchmarks in the management of geriatric fractures.


In receiving this recognition, the team of dedicated professionals at St John has documented their ability to exceed target benchmarks on key quality indicators over the past year.


In making the recommendation for certification at the highest level, IGFS Certification Specialist, Michele Gingo, MS, RN, ONC, from Geisinger Wyoming Valley commented: “The hospital and staff have a program to be proud of.  Their dedication to quality care of this patient population is evident, and the cohesiveness of the team contributes to the program’s success.”


Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Arkansas for Medical Services and President of the IGFS added, “The IGFS first learned of the reputation for clinical quality at the Geriatric Fracture Care Program at St John last year after a visit to their facility by one of our leaders.  We are very pleased to have this opportunity to formally recognize their achievements with this designation.  Dr. Scott Shepherd and Dr. Brent Norris have invested a significant amount of energy and resources in building one of the strongest programs in North America..”


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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