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University of Virginia Health System Secures Premier Certification Status

Wednesday, June 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Diane Berg
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University of Virginia Health System Secures Premier Certification Status for Clinical Quality of their Geriatric Fracture Care Program


TAMPA – The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) is pleased to announce the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia has secured 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 the University of Virginia 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 announcing the recommendation for certification at the highest level, IGFS Certification Specialist, Kasey Bramlett, PA-C, from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center commented: “The execution of a geriatric fracture program at most institutions pushes both the providers and team members to break barriers of the past and approach this special patient population from a new angle.  They have accomplished this task in a multifaceted manner with heavy endorsement from the interdisciplinary colleagues and senior administration.”


Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and President of the IGFS added, “UVA is a regional leader in the area of geriatric fracture care at their quaternary care facility.  Their statistical reports support their success and dedication to improving patient care as well as the patient experience.”


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.


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