Cooper University Hospital First in New Jersey to Earn Premier Certification for Geriatric Fracture Care

geriatricfractureCooper University Hospital is the first in New Jersey and one of only eight hospitals in the nation to achieve the International Geriatric Fracture Society’s (IGFS) Premier Level CORE Certification for its Geriatric Fracture Care Program. This certification recognizes health care organizations that display a commitment to improving the way fractures in senior adults are managed from prevention efforts through treatment, recovery and beyond.

“We are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts in establishing a program that fosters a team-oriented approach and embraces evidence-based principles unique to this patient population,” said Douglas S. Tase, MD, joint replacement surgeon of the Cooper Bone and Joint Institute. “Since our program started, it has improved outcomes and quality of life for our senior patients by providing a higher-standard of specialized services.”

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. The CORE Certification relies on several key quality indicators such as time to surgery, readmission rates, mortality and osteoporosis education. It was developed by an IGFS team of 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.

“All of their hard work and efforts were clearly demonstrated in the care they render and the outcomes they have achieved. I look forward to working with the Cooper team to drive continued performance improvement through this initiative,” said IGFS Certification Specialist, Teresa K. Swenson, BSH, CCRP, RT(R)(CT)(ARRT), Director of Research and Clinical Operations for Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA.

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