DGH Auxiliary Appreciation Dinner

Dartmouth, N.S.(May 25, 2012) - The Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation today announced a donation of $103,232 from Sun Life Financial for the hospital’s Fracture Navigator Program. For patients with osteoporosis, this program will help reduce future medical complications, including repeat fractures, through early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

"We appreciate Sun Life’s support, which was a major contribution to help us move forward with the important work that can be done through the Fracture Navigator Program,” said Dr. Diane Theriault, who leads the program for the Dartmouth General Hospital. “This is a step in the right direction to improve the health and wellness for individuals who have osteoporosis."

Once an individual has broken a bone due to osteoporosis, they are much more likely to break again. Fracture patients represent a population at high risk of re-fracture.  The current medical system provides effective care for fracture patients; however without this type of program in place, the underlying condition of osteoporosis is rarely diagnosed or treated.

"One of the priority areas for Sun Life's philanthropy program is health-related initiatives, especially those that promote wellness or prevention,” said Scott Woodman, Regional Vice-President, Atlantic Region, Sun Life Financial Canada. “We’re proud to partner with the hospital to be part of the Fracture Navigator Program, which can make a real difference for many people in our community."

The Fracture Navigator program will benefit patients in a number of ways:

  • Identify fracture patients with undiagnosed and untreated osteoporosis
  • Provide earlier screening and diagnosis leading to prevention of repeat fractures
  • Help seniors stay healthier and more active
  • Decrease admissions to nursing homes
  • Decrease long wait times for some procedures
  • Reduce overall health care costs