You are in Good Company!

AJRR was developed by leaders in the orthopaedic community – from renowned surgeons, to organizations involved in setting policy and manufacturers of implant components. AJRR’s Board of Directors is comprised of surgeons; medical device, payer, and hospital leaders; and patient/public representation.

In December 2015, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) designated us as their official RegistryOfficial Seal-logo


We’re proud to call the following organizations supporters:

- Leading Orthopaedic Associations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
The Hip Society
The Knee Society

- Advanced Medical Technology Association - representing leading device and industry representatives

DJO Global
DePuy Synthes
Exactech, Inc.
Smith & Nephew
Zimmer Biomet

- American Hospital Association

- America’s Health Insurance Plans

And, the hospitals, surgeons, and administrators who make up the AJRR community

Together, we are improving orthopaedic care through data!

The Joint Commission Statement about the American Joint Replacement Registry

March 2015

The Joint Commission is pleased to continue to work with the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) to support its multiple goals, especially the aim to establish a locus of information that can be used for quality improvement and to increase patient safety related to total hip and knee replacement surgery. The Joint Commission has served on AJRR's Public Advisory Board for a number of years and has appreciated the opportunity to be part of AJRR's efforts to increase the relevancy of the registry to patients and to providers. AJRR has exhibited a very thoughtful approach to ensuring that it builds a credible data collection infrastructure and to ensuring the usability of the registry to those focused on reducing morbidity and mortality.


Champions of the Quarter

Each quarter, AJRR highlights individuals from participating hospitals who have championed AJRR enrollment and have demonstrated outstanding cooperation and professionalism while helping to implement the Registry into their institutions. Selections for Champions of the Quarter are made based on nominations and are voted on by AJRR staff. To nominate someone from your hospital, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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November 2016

This quarter, we would like to recognize Ms. Reyna Diaz, MPH, from Keck Medicine of University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA, and Mr. Jim Cronk, MSA, RN, from Trinity Health in Livonia, MI.

Reyna-Diaz-2Ms. Reyna Diaz, MPH, is the Clinical Project Manger of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, CA. Some of her job responsibilities include dealing with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and collecting patient-reported outcome (PRO) surveys. She oversees all research projects in her department. Ms. Diaz has been working at Keck Medicine of USC for 11 years, and three years in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Her current role in AJRR participation is validating data with the Keck Medicine of USC IT department before submission.

Q: Do you enjoy working with AJRR staff?

A: Absolutely. I call my region's Data Analyst very frequently. She's super responsive and always just a call away. It can sometimes be difficult to convey your entire message through email, so the AJRR staff's flexibility is beneficial.

Q: What are three things to describe the Keck School of Medicine of USC?

A: I'm a University of Southern California alumni, so I may be biased in answering this question. A USC Trojan is scholarly, skillful, and ambitious. I think that those three traits also represent the Keck Medicine of USC faculty's commitment to drive quality and provide the best patient care.

Q: What is the best vacation you've been on?

A: The best vacation is anything with a beach. I recently went to Cabo San Lucas. IT was great because it was a short flight and was so relaxing.

Q: What is your favorite movie and book?

A: My favorite novel is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It's a very motivational book about a shepherd boy that overcomes his trials. As far as movies go, I would say the Wizard of Oz. I must have watched it a million times.

Q: If you could pass on one piece of information to a new AJRR participant, what would it be?

A: Don't be afraid to use AJRR resources to maximize Registry participation. They have several guides and informational documents on their website, so be sure to look around to see that you haven't missed anything.

 Cronk-2Mr. Jim Cronk, MSA, RN, has been working at Trinity Health in Livonia, MI, since April 2016. As a Director of Clinical Transformation in Trinity Health's Unified Clinical Organization, Mr. Cronk leads a team helping the not-for-profit Catholic hospital system coordinate orthopedic services, such as total joint replacement, throughout the 93-hospital, 22-state health system. Working with medical leaders across the country, Mr. Cronk and his team members facilitate processes and data interpretation for the purpose of continuous improvement as Trinity Health works to build a people-centered health system. In these roles, the team also encourages networking and best-practice sharing between Trinity Health's 93 hospitals and its System Office. His favorite part of his job is his admiration for his peers and colleagues - the leaders, clinicians, physicians, and others who share a deep commitment to the quality and safety of the care delivered to patients. Trinity Health just recently started submitting to AJRR in order to benchmark itself nationally in the care and service to its patients undergoing total joint replacement in a Trinity Health facility.

Q: What are three things to describe Trinity Health?

A: When you work at Trinity Health, you see examples of people and behaviors that demonstrate an undeniable devotion to the people who rely on us. These people ensure our Catholic health care ministry is compassionate, transformative, and healing.

Q: What is the best vacation you've been on?

A: My favorite vacation was a family trip to Colorado Springs. It was great being exposed to all of the natural beauty.

Q: If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?

A: I would interview the evangelist Billy Graham. He's been an icon of faith for our country. I would like to ask him how he stayed so committed to his mission.

Q: If you could pass on one piece of information to a new AJRR participant, what would it be?

A: AJRR staff is very helpful and available. In these days of fast-paced change in health care, the more that we can learn about external services like registries, the better, and AJRR staff makes it easy to learn more. It's important to collaborate with outside organizations so that we can all improve the quality of patient care. 


Participant Testimonials

“AJRR has taken on a monumental task, and I believe they even surprise themselves when it comes to how successful they have been. It speaks to a well-conceived plan that is being effectively executed.”

Judy Casper, Clinical Data/Research Coordinator, Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (MOSH)
Franklin, Wis.

“Monitoring and recording joint replacement outcomes has become essential to our internal quality improvement efforts and will soon become an expectation of the regulatory bodies, rating agencies, and payers. Our orthopaedic surgeons recognized this and encouraged us to join the AJRR, which turned out to be a surprisingly easy process. We look forward to using AJRR data to continually improve our internal processes and to demonstrate to outside agencies the quality of our joint replacement program.”

John Quinlivan, FACHE, President, Redmond Regional Health System;
Chief Executive Officer, Redmond Regional Medical Center
Rome, Ga.

“The AJRR is an extremely valuable initiative for the American arthroplasty community in that, when fully functional and widely adopted, the data generated will provide timely information on national trends of implant specific utilization and outcome. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, we hope to use AJRR institution-specific data, along with other in-house and national databanks, to benchmark our performance against national trends. Such data provides us the opportunity to increasingly crystallize our own quality initiatives. Furthermore, it is our hope that data generated from a fully functional national database may better inform health policy makers as we navigate the difficult waters of value-based decision making in arthroplasty care.”

David W. Manning, MD, Director of Arthroplasty Service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, Ill.

“We joined the AJRR at the request of one of our physicians. He took the time to explain the potential benefit to our patients. Once we understood the value, we didn't hesitate. The process was very straight forward as far as understanding the AJRR requirements. The vast majority of the required fields are easily exported from our EMR, so the ongoing effort will be simple to maintain.”

R. Craig Lindsey, RN, MBA, MHA, CENP, Vice President of Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer Park Ridge Health
Hendersonville, N.C.

“By being a pilot facility for Level II and Level III data submission, I have had the ability to see firsthand the benefits of the Registry. The Registry not only provides a database for implant tracking, but will have the ability for facilities to collect quality measures throughout the continuum for benchmarking.”

Cheryl Talamo, Director of the Orthopaedic Institute
Doylestown Hospital
Doylestown, Penn.

“AJRR has provided the orthopaedic community with a versatile and invaluable tool. With the option to enter data electronically, manually, or a combination of both, it is well suited for use with electronic health record systems of varying capability.”

Gwen Gratto-Cox, Clinical Research Coordinator
Southeast Georgia Health System
Brunswick, Ga.

“AJRR’s data has been invaluable in our pursuit to better care for our joint replacement patients.”

Amanda James, CEO
Swedish Covenant Hospital

“The current medical environment in conjunction with the large increase in total joint arthroplasty in this country necessitates a national joint registry, and we are proud to have become a member of the AJRR.”

Brock A. Lindsey, MD, Director, Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory
WVU Healthcare Ruby Memorial Healthcare
Morgantown, W.V.