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Geriatric Fracture Program

About Our Service

At Spectrum Health, we offer greater possibilities to our older adult patients by providing specialized care for bone fractures. Women have a one in seven chance of experiencing a hip fracture; men have a one in 17 chance. Spectrum Health’s Geriatric Fracture Program is designed so patients entering our emergency department (ED) with a fracture receive
immediate care. This helps reduce fracture related complications.

  • Patients are quickly seen by a doctor and prepared for surgery to repair their fracture.
  • Many patients from partner nursing homes and assisted living facilities can bypass the ED and be directly admitted.
  • Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons use state-of-the-art techniques and implants to fix fractures that may not otherwise be repairable; get patients mobile more quickly
  • Surgeons and hospitalists (doctors who specialize in caring for patients while in the hospital) co-manage care to handle the unique medical needs of elderly patients. This results in fewer complications after surgery.
  • Nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, nutritionists and other members of the care team are specially trained to work with older adults.
  • Our doctors are involved in teaching, research and clinical trials that help to advance and improve the standard of care for older people who have sustained fractures.
  • We continuously monitor each patient and look at every detail for opportunities to improve our processes.