Rankings and Achievements
URMC Center for Musculoskeletal Research Nation's Best NIH Funded Since 2006
One of the first acts of Randy N. Rosier, MD, PhD as chair of URMC’s Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation was to establish the Center for Musculoskeletal Research to coordinate all intra- and inter-departmental research. Beginning in May 2000, Rosier led Orthopaedics to achieve monumental milestones in less than seven years. This focused approach has paid dividends for the Department, which in 2006 earned the number one position based on funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), surpassing some of the nation’s top-rated research institutions. NIH funding in 2007 will show URMC’s Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation outpacing the nations second leading program’s funding by several-fold.
These achievements are due in large part to the $7.8 million Center of Research Translation (CORT) grant received in October, 2006 by the Department from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, (NIAMS) as well as funding for Orthopaedics’ role in the new $40 million Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
NIH is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
Center of Research Translation (CORT) Established at URMC Center for Musculoskeletal Research
Researchers from URMC’s Center for Musculoskeletal Research have received a $7.8 million grant to speed the conversion of basic bone science into new treatments that prevent arthritis, improve fracture healing, and save limbs. In one case, the research aims to confirm preliminary findings that a handful of patients, previously confined to wheelchairs by fractures that would not heal, were able to walk again after receiving a drug treatment that finally healed the bone.
The award is the first of its kind, a Center of Research Translation (CORT) grant in orthopaedics from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. It is part of a larger effort by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fast-track basic scientific findings into meaningful clinical treatments (translational research). With this CORT grant, the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at URMC became the best funded of its kind in the nation in terms of NIH research dollars, beginning the 2006 NIH fiscal year. NIH funding in 2007 will show URMC’s Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation outpacing the nations second leading program’s funding by several-fold.
The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) was established in 1986 as one of the twenty-seven Institutes collectively known as the National Institutes of Health. The mission of NIAMS is to support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases.
Strong Memorial Hospital Repeats NRC Consumer Choice Award
Strong Memorial Hospital, the teaching hospital of URMC has consistently earned the Consumer Choice most-preferred status among hospitals in the Rochester, NY nine-county region since 2000.
The award identifies the hospitals that healthcare consumers choose as having the highest quality and image in 186 markets throughout the U.S. Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple ratings of specific quality and image measures.
The National Research Corporation presents Consumer Choice Awards for the most-preferred hospitals annually. The 2006-2007 NRC Healthcare Market Guide study surveyed nearly 200,000 households representing 450,000 consumers in the U.S.
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Elects URMC Orthopaedics Faculty Director
As a measure of the URMC Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation national academic stature, URMC is the only academic medical center in the nation to have a member of its Orthopaedics faculty serve as a Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery for 40 consecutive years – first with C. McCollister Evarts, MD, then Richard Burton, MD, Randy Rosier, MD, PhD, and now Judy Baumhauer, MD.
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. functions to serve the best interests of the public and of the medical profession by establishing educational standards for orthopaedic residents and by evaluating the initial and continuing qualifications and knowledge of orthopaedic surgeons. Certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery means that the orthopaedic surgeon has met the specified educational, evaluation, and examination requirements of the Board.
Hospital and Clinic Earn Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
In October 2007, surveyors from the Joint Commission gave Strong Memorial Hospital its Gold Seal of Approval upon completing their weeklong survey of the hospital, as well as several additional healthcare facilities, including URMC Orthopaedics' Clinton Crossings clinic. The voluntary accreditation signals Strong’s commitment to high standards of patient safety and quality of care.
“This was an experienced Joint Commission team who has completed more than 100 institutional surveys. Based on their feedback, they clearly viewed us as institution committed to high standards of quality and care,” said Strong Memorial Hospital CEO Steven I. Goldstein. “They were impressed with the openness, professionalism and knowledge of our staff. I’m very proud of that.”
To earn and maintain the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, an organization must undergo an on-site comprehensive survey at least every three years. Beginning in 2007, The Joint Commission adopted a new policy of conducting unplanned reviews, where a team arrives at an institution unannounced on a Monday morning, and stays throughout the week to conduct the survey. In addition, the time between on-site reviews now ranges from 18 to 39 months, meaning Strong Memorial is next eligible for an unannounced visit from The Joint Commission beginning in May 2009.