Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Achieves Premier Certification Status for Geriatric Fracture Care

(Hartford, Conn. October 5, 2015) - Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has achieved the highest level of certification for Geriatric Fracture Care Programs from the International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS). The IGFS 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 Saint Francis has exceeded benchmarks on key quality indicators as identified by the IGFS in data submitted over the past year. 

“We are extremely pleased to recognize the significant achievements of Dr. Jeffrey Meter; Dr. Syed Ali; Siobhan Harder APRN; and the entire team at Saint Francis.” stated Michael Suk, M.D., J.D., M.P.H, Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Geisinger Health System and President of the IGFS.  “Not only have they surpassed all of our benchmarks over the past year to qualify for Premier Certification, they have a global awareness of the long-term needs in the care of this unique patient population.” 

“The team at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center understands the fluid nature of a geriatric fracture program, the ongoing need to reassess and reevaluate patient care initiatives and are dedicated to fulfilling these goals,” added Kasey-Jean Bramlett, PA-C, IGFS Certification Specialist.  

“Certification at the very highest level by the IGFS demonstrates that the team at Saint Francis is committed to providing high quality care for older patients with fractures that exceeds the national benchmarks,” said Jeffrey J. Meter, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and founder of the Fragility Fracture Program at Saint Francis. “Through continuous process improvement, patient-centered and efficient care, along with coordinated rehabilitation, we are ensuring the very best for our seniors.” 

One of the leading healthcare challenges for society 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 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 Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center 

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Saint Francis and its other major entities - Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, Smilow Cancer Hospital Yale-New Haven at Saint Francis, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners – joined Trinity Health in 2015. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital and Home and Community Health Services, is also a Saint Francis Partner.   For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com. 

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. International Geriatric Fracture Society, Inc. 21013 Lake Vienna Drive, Land O’Lakes, FL 34638. Phone: 813-948-8660; Fax: 813-949-8994; Website: www.geriatricfracture.org