Huntington Hospital has been named a star performer by the American Orthopaedic Association’s “Own the Bone” program for its care of patients with fragility fractures. I
Fragility fractures are caused by osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease or other bone density weaknesses.
To achieve this status, hospital staff educates patients about the importance of fall prevention tactics, regular physical activity, along with a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D. In addition, lifestyle changes – such as limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking – can make a difference. Huntington Hospital orthopedics team members also explain to patients who should receive bone mineral density testing and pharmacotherapy treatment options.
“We place a high priority on helping our residents maintain their best quality of life,” said James Gurtowski, MD, chair of the orthopedic department at Huntington Hospital. “When patients experience a fragility fracture, it can greatly limit their everyday activities. This prompted us to actively participate in the ‘Own the Bone’ program a few years ago to ensure our community members can lead their lives as they choose.”
Huntington Hospital’s orthopedic department was ranked in the top 1 percent of programs in the country according to the 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report best hospital rankings.
This is the second straight year that the hospital has been recognized for this care.