Times Leader Staff
March 26, 2014
WILKES-BARRE — Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) are two of the first five hospitals in the country to receive the highest level Platinum CORE Certification from the International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS).
The CORE Certification Program is a global quality improvement initiative designed to recognize the achievements of geriatric fracture programs that exceed outcomes benchmarks in the management of elderly and fragility fractures. Geisinger hospitals exceeded national benchmarks on seven key quality indicators as identified by the IGFS in data submitted over the past year – including rapid optimization from admission to the operating room, coordinated co-management and long-term osteoporosis management.
“This certification is the first of its kind to recognize health care organizations which display a commitment to improving the way geriatric fractures are managed from prevention to surgical care and all the way through recovery and regaining quality of life,” said Michael Suk M.D., J.D., M.P.H, Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Geisinger Health System and President of the IGFS. “Only a very few hospitals can meet the extremely aggressive quality measures required for certification. This certification recognizes Geisinger as one of the premier locations in the United States for the care of geriatric and fragility fractures.”
One of the leading health care challenges for the IGFS 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 interdisciplinary team focused 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 to recognize achievements of geriatric fracture care programs delivering the highest quality care to this patient population.
Joining GMC and GWV on the inaugural CORE Certification Program list is Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minn.; University of Missouri, Columbia; and University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.
“The certification of these first programs is a landmark day for geriatric fracture care in North America.” said Stephen Kates, M.D., Hans Jorg Wyss Professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Rochester Medical School and past president of the IGFS. “For many years, the world’s leading thought leaders have been zeroing in on the key indications that will drive better quality and efficient care. Having these leaders and scientific data coalesce into the development of protocols – and now a certification program – is a significant step in producing the framework for our society to deal with this massive health care challenge.”
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.