Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Good Samaritan Medical Center is a Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence

The Violence and Injury Prevention (VIP) Programs of Excellence highlights sustainable and evidence-based programs that are being implemented around the state. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing Good Samaritan Medical Center as a VIP Program of Excellence for their outstanding work implementing the A Matter of Balance program, addressing older adult fall prevention.

A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance. The benefits from this program can be seen in the reduction of falls admissions at Good Samaritan - In 2013, 74% of patients in the trauma registry were admitted due to falls. In 2014, that number was reduced to 61.5%!

For more information on the Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence or to nominate a person or agency doing evidenced-based work in this field go to the VIPrevention website.

For more information on Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.

Thank you and congratulations to Good Samaritan Medical Center!