Western Reserve Hospital of Cuyahoga Falls was recently recognized as a "Star Performer" by the American Orthopaedic Association's Own the Bone program for the fourth consecutive year. Seventy-seven institutions received this honor this year.

Own the Bone program is a fragility fracture prevention initiative to identify, assess and treat patients who experienced a fracture due to low bone density or osteoporosis.

"We are pleased to accept this recognition and look forward to helping our patients understand the importance of preventing future fractures," said Dr. Gregory Hill, orthopaedic surgeon and chair of the surgery department at Western Reserve Hospital. "Our physicians and staff are dedicated to optimizing the health and satisfaction of patients each and every day, and this distinction is confirmation of that commitment."

As a Star Performer, Western Reserve Hospital educates patients of their risk for future fractures and what they can do to avoid them. Patients admitted to Western Reserve Hospital are tested to determine their risk of fracture, and those who qualify for enrollment in the Own the Bone program receive education by certified pharmacists, dieticians and physical therapists on the importance of calcium and vitamin D intake, exercise, fall prevention, smoking cessation, limited alcohol intake, pharmacotherapy, bone mineral density testing, physician reporting on fractures and letters explaining bone health risk factors and treatment recommendations.