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Published on March 17, 2015

Concord Hospital’s Own the Bone Initiative Recognized as One of the Best in the Country

Concord Hospital’s Own the Bone initiative, which works to help prevent repeat fractures in patients with osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone density), has been recognized as one of the best in the country.

Own the Bone, a national post-fracture, systems-based fragility fracture initiative created by the American Orthopaedic Association recognized The Orthopaedic Institute at Concord Hospital as an “Own the Bone Star Performer”, noting that it scored well above the national benchmark in ten categories – achieving the highest possible score in eight of the ten.

Own the Bone facilities that have achieved a 75 percent compliance rate with at least five of ten prevention measures are recognized as Star Performers in the annual US News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” guide.

For patients treated between July 1 and December 31, 2014, Concord Hospital achieved 100 percent rates for eight of the ten measures and 96 percent ratings for the other two.
Concord Hospital’s scores include:
• Calcium counseling: 100 percent
• Vitamin D counseling: 100 percent
• Regular weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercise counseling: 100 percent
• Fall prevention counseling: 100 percent
• Smoking cessation counseling: 100 percent
• Alcohol consumption counseling: 100 percent
• Bone mineral density recommendation: 100 percent
• Pharmacotherapy recommendation: 96 percent
• Physician letter sent to note patient’s condition, risks, treatment recommendations: 96 percent
• Patient letter sent to explain bone health risk factors, treatment recommendations: 100 percent

“This recognition confirms our hard work in educating patients about bone health and fragility fracture risk factors as a way to help them reduce the risk of repeat fractures,” said Dr. David Green, Concord Hospital chief medical officer. “This important work is coordinated and executed by our orthopaedic patient educator, with help and support from our multidisciplinary fragility fracture work group and Dr. Sean Burns of Concord Orthopaedics, PA.”

Own the Bone initiatives focus on patients with osteopenia or osteoporosis who have suffered a fragility fracture, which is a bone fracture from a fall from a standing height or less. Those who have experienced one fracture are at higher risk for future fractures. Fragility fractures and bone-thinning osteoporosis have been identified as major public health problems by the U.S. Surgeon General. Own the Bone highlights bone density testing, possible medications, ways to prevent falls, exercise, diet and supplements of calcium and Vitamin D to help patients prevent future fragility fractures.

In 2013, Concord Hospital was the first hospital in New Hampshire to join the Own the Bone registry, in which information about patients treated for “fragility” fractures is entered into a national registry without names or other specific identifying information to track treatment in an effort to improve prevention and care.

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