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Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center Secures Premier Certification Status

Monday, June 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) is pleased to announce Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona has secured the highest level of certification for Geriatric Fracture Care Programs as recognized by the IGFS CORE Certification Program.   Their institution is the first program in the South West Region to secure certification under the 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 Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center 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: “The focus and mission of this hospital is to demonstrate human kindness in every facet and step of the care continuum.  This level of attention and focus has been directed to the geriatric fracture program.  This system has approached the geriatric program as a collaborative effort and has everyone from executive leadership to environmental services engaged.”


Simon Mears, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and President of the IGFS added, “They have demonstrated a significant decrease in the amount of time to surgery for their patients, a measure which illustrates the dedication and commitment of this multi-disciplinary team.  It is a great pleasure to award Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center with premier certification. ”


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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