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Sibley Launches the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own The Bone™ Program

August 27, 2012

"Own the Bone" Provides Tools for Success to Address Growing Major Health Crisis

Sibley Memorial Hospital has implemented the American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone™ Program. The program is aimed to better identify, evaluate and treat patients that suffer from an osteoporosis or low bone density-related fragility fracture. The program brings focus to the multi-faceted approach hospitals such as Sibley can employ to ensure these patients receive the most comprehensive care.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), up to 50% of all women and 25% of men over the age of 50 years will sustain fragility fractures in their remaining lifetime. The American Bone Health Prevalence Report states that more people in the United States suffer a fragility fracture each year than are diagnosed with a heart attack, stroke or breast cancer combined. Additionally, the National Committee for Quality Assurance reports, only 1 in 5 Medicare patients have received the osteoporosis care they needed after a fracture.

"The implementation of Own the Bone at Sibley will greatly impact the recurrence of osteoporotic fragility fractures for our patients," explained Catherine Pulford, ANP-C, ONP-C, Clinical Coordinator, Institute of Bone and Joint Health at Sibley Memorial Hospital. "By educating fragility fracture patients in areas such as lifestyle, dietary and safety, we should greatly reduce the incidence of fragility fractures or fractures due to osteoporosis, in our patient population."

Through the Own the Bone Program’s Web-based quality improvement registry, which incorporates 10 measures for reducing future fractures, Sibley reduces a huge treatment gap in our community. These 10 measures help ensure Sibley patients with fragility fractures are screened and appropriately treated for low bone density or osteoporosis. By simply entering information in the Web-based data registry, results can be immediately quantified and Sibley health care providers can see how Own the Bone is positively affecting patient outcomes.  

About Sibley Memorial Hospital
Sibley is a non-profit, full service 318 bed acute care community hospital serving the Washington, D.C. area since 1890. Sibley Memorial Hospital is a proud member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Sibley campus is home to an assisted living residence, Grand Oaks, and The Sibley Renaissance which houses the Sibley Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, Sibley Senior Services, skilled nursing care and a residential Alzheimer's unit.

About the AOA
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 or call 847.318.7336.


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