Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist First in Nation to Receive Prestigious Osteoporosis Certification

August 1, 2022

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is the first health system in the country to receive The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Osteoporosis Certification.

This recognition evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

Wake Forest Baptist underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite visit in May during which a team of reviewers evaluated compliance with a variety of certification standards and met with staff and patients.

“We are extremely pleased to be the first in the country to receive this certification, highlighting our commitment to supporting our patients and ensuring they receive the most comprehensive care to help minimize the risk of fractures,” said L. Andrew Koman, M.D., chair of orthopaedic surgery at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. “As our program continues to grow, we are honored to be leaders in this field as we help shape the care osteoporosis patients receive throughout the region and across the country.”

Wake Forest Baptist’s fracture prevention program is a multispecialty, preventive-care service designed to promote bone health in older adults and reduce the risk of fragility fractures.

Wake Forest Baptist was one of the first academic medical centers in the country to establish a formal fracture prevention program, in 2013.

The Joint Commission, founded in 1951, is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Media contact: Joe McCloskey,