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Little Company of Mary’s Health Education Dept Hosted an Informative Orthopedic Conference


Little Company of Mary Hospital hosted an orthopedic community conference entitled “Achy Breaky Parts” on Monday, June 10, 2013. This one-day orthopedic conference was led by a team of Little Company of Mary’s orthopedic specialists and included a vitamin D screening.


Drs. Basel Al-Aswad, Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics, Chaudri Salman, D.O., Sujal Desai, D.O., William Earman, D.O., and Lynn Cahill, R.N., M.S, provided the most current information about arthritis, osteoporosis, joint replacement, knee replacement prosthetics, anterior approach hip replacement, back health, and fracture prevention.


The latest evidence based treatments; skilled physicians and surgeons, specialized nursing care and progressive orthopedic technology can be found at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Little Company of Mary’s Orthopedic Department has provided interdisciplinary collaborative care from admission through discharge for more than 40 years.


At the conference Little Company of Mary proudly announced the launch of the Geriatric Fracture Program (GFP)- the only one of its kind in the Chicagoland area. The multidisciplinary GFP, is designed to optimally diagnose and treat hip fractures in geriatric patients.  The goal of the Geriatric Fracture Program is to quickly identify geriatric hip fracture patients and then transition them into surgery to improve outcomes and reduce the risk of complications. It is documented that the longer a patients waits for a hip fracture surgery, their chances of increased complications increases exponentially.


Dr. Basel Al-Aswad ,Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics, has been a champion of the GFP.  According to Dr. Al-Aswad, “We have been very encouraged by the program’s initial results. Time from admission to surgery has been cut in half, thus reducing the risks of complications.  The GFP enhances and streamlines the care we already provide. It can be used as a model for the care of other types of diagnoses.”


The national statistics for geriatric bone fractures are compelling:


  • Each year there are more than 345,000 hospitalizations across the country as a result of hip fractures alone
  • More than 90% of hip fractures are in persons 65 years or older
  • Women have a 1 in 7 chance of having a hip fracture in their lifetime
  • Men have a 1 in 17 chance of experiencing a hip fracture
  • Nationwide, there is better than 50% one-year morbidity rate of hip fracture patients
  • Total cost in medical bills and lost income resulting from hip fractures is more than 1 billion a year – or an average of $37,000 per hip fracture


For more information on Little Company of Mary’s Orthopedic Department or the Geriatric Fracture Program, please visit To learn all about the health programs Little Company of Mary has to offer, please call the Health Education Department at 708.423.5774 or register online at for Little Company of Mary’s free newsletter-Regarding Health.



Dr. Basel Al-Aswad, Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics, presenting the Geriatric Fracture Program.



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