Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is one of more than 200 health care institutions nationwide that have joined in the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone quality improvement program and taken initiative to ensure its osteoporotic fracture patients receive the treatment and care they deserve.

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital’s orthopedic program has received an Own the Bone Star Performer designation, an achievement reserved for institutions that perform the highest level of fragility fracture and bone health care. Through the Own the Bone program and its national web-based quality improvement registry, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital has been provided with the tools to establish a fracture liaison service and to document, track and benchmark care of fragility fracture patients. Through an FLS program, a care coordinator, such as a nurse or physician’s assistant, ensures that fragility fracture patients are identified, evaluated and treated.

Own the Bone Star Performers must achieve a 75-percent compliance rate with at least five of the 10 Own the Bone prevention measures, including: educating patients on the importance of calcium and vitamin D, physical activity, falls prevention, limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking; recommending and initiating bone mineral density testing; discussing pharmacotherapy and treatment, when applicable; and providing written communication to the patient and their physician regarding specific risk factors and treatment recommendations.

For information, visit nanticoke.org/orthopedics or call 629-6611, ext. 5105.