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August 12, 2010

MAURY REGIONAL FEATURED IN US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT FOR ITS LEADERSHP IN FRAGILITY FRACTURE PREVENTION

COLUMBIA, Tenn.—The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) recognized Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) for its important leadership role in bone health and fragility fracture prevention in the August 2010 issue of US News and World Report featuring “America’s Best Hospitals.” 

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, up to 50 percent of all women and 25 percent of all men over the age of 50 will sustain fragility fractures in their lifetime. Yet, only 18 percent of Medicare patients receive the recommended osteoporosis care following a fracture.  MRMC implemented Own the Bone™, a program of the AOA, in December 2009 to identify patients for osteoporosis and reduce the risk of fragility-related fractures. 

MRMC has also been officially designated the “first in the state of Tennessee” to implement this vital program, serving as a leader in providing better patient care in bone health. Jeff Adams, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon on the medical staff, led the efforts to institute this program at MRMC.

“It is important to us to identify individuals who are at risk for future fractures. We can then schedule them for a bone density scan to determine the extent of the disease, prescribe calcium and osteoporosis medications, and provide nutritional consultations with a registered dietitian. Our goal is to prevent future fractures and ensure a better quality of life for our patents,” said Adams.

Own the Bone™ is an online quality improvement program designed to identify, evaluate and treat patients with osteoporosis and low bone density after fragility fractures. Own the Bone™ provides hospitals the tools needed to identify, screen and treat patients with osteoporosis early—preventing future fractures. The program provides key measures for reducing the risk of future fractures among patients, including nutrition recommendations, physical activity counseling, lifestyle education, pharmacology, diagnostic testing and communication.

The American Orthopaedic Association, founded in 1887, is the oldest national orthopaedic association in the world. The AOA’s mission is to identify, develop, engage and recognize leadership to further the art and science of orthopaedics. For more information visit www.aoassn.org or call 847.318.7336.