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Lancaster General Health Penn Medicine Secures Premier Certification Status

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March 2, 2017


Contact: Fraser Cobbe



Lancaster General Health Penn Medicine Secures Premier Certification Status for Clinical Quality of their Geriatric Fracture Care Program


TAMPA – The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) is pleased to announce that Lancaster General Health Penn Medicine in Lancaster, PA has become just the eleventh program in the United States to secure the highest level of certification for 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 outcome benchmarks in the management of geriatric fractures.


In receiving this recognition, the team of dedicated professionals at Lancaster General has documented their ability to exceed target benchmarks on key quality indicators over the past year including readmission rates, length of stay, and time to surgery.


In making the recommendation for certification at the highest level, IGFS Certification Specialist, Teresa K. Swenson, BSH, CCRP, R.T.(R)(CT)(ARRT), from Geisinger Medical Center commented: “This was the most organized and collaborative program that I have seen to date.  They have integrated and collaborated with post-acute facilities and providers to ensure the highest quality of care for the geriatric care population.”


Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and President of the IGFS added, “The work accomplished at Lancaster is unbelievable and they certainly have not only earned the certification but set the bar very high for the rest of us to meet.”


One of the leading healthcare challenges for society is the prevalence and cost associated with geriatric fracture care for our aging population.  The societal impact attributed to these fractures is being addressed through the development of new care pathways and delivery programs designed to elevate quality and deliver sustainability in the health care system.


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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