July 2015

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.

This quarter, AJRR would like to recognize Ms. Natalie Reed from Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville, Ore., Mr. Joseph Greene from University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, Wis., and Dr. Gary Wyard from Twin Cities Orthopedics in Waconia, Minn.

NatalieReedMs. Natalie Reed has been working for Willamette Valley Medical CenterCenter for the past 15 years. She was a physical therapist at the hospital for most of her time there but has been the Joint Replacement Institute of Oregon Program Manager for the last five years. In this position, she has many responsibilities including daily program operations, data collection, and working closely with other hospitals and staff; however, she really loves educating and working with patients and their families by serving as their "go-to" person.

Q: What made you decide to enroll your site in AJRR?  

A: It is important to be part of the national registry to benchmark metrics to improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery. We need to be part of this movement to provide the best care to our patients.

Q: Would you recommend enrollment with AJRR to others? 

A: Absolutely, for anyone performing these procedures, they need to be part of the registry moving forward.

JoeGreeneMr. Joseph Greene has been working for the University of Wisconsin Hospital Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation since 1991 as the Program Manager in Outreach and Development. In this position, Mr. Greene oversees regional relationships with providers, independent practices, and health systems. He also assists in raising philanthropic funding and manages many projects that improve the healthcare service delivery like managing their relationship with Epic and developing UW Hospital's orthopedic population health initiatives within the UW Health System.

Q: What made you decide to enroll your site in AJRR?

A: Although our interest likely began with the need for us to have an effective mechanism to identify patients with specific types of implants, we recognized the need to report to an external registry for many other purposes like improving quality and safety, along with increasing interest of payers and the government in requiring reporting now and in the future. It is very important for us to be able to evaluate our overall total joint service against other relevant benchmark institutions. In our opinion, the AJRR will be the best resource and the best mechanism for our program and other programs to accomplish this goal.

Q: Did you enjoy working with the AJRR staff? If yes, why?

A: Definitely. The AJRR is realizes how important it is to leverage new healthcare information functionality and EMR technology to improve outcomes and quality across not only an individual institution, but also across the entire country from a population health perspective. They are tackling some very challenging questions and projects right now that often have no defined road map. So, you have to create one and learn quickly. They enjoy the opportunity to create a registry that is very usable, and that will mean a lot to quality patient care in orthopedics. 

Dr.WyardDr. Gary Wyard has been an employee at Twin Cities Orthopedics since 1978 as the Chief Medical Officer. In this position, Dr. Wyard's main job is to peer review within the organization as well as supervise initiatives on quality of care issues, outcome measures, patient satisfaction and PROMs. 

Q: Would you recommend enrollment with AJRR to others?

A: I definitely would recommend enrollment with AJRR. I know the AJRR's mission is to have at least 90% of procedures, and I believe that would be a benefit of the orthopedic community and the community that the orthopedic surgeons service. 

Q: What do you like most about the AJRR?

A: It's mission. I am also impressed with the structure of its board; it is one of the reasons we joined AJRR. There are other high profile doctors in our community that have been very active with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), also various people from the Mayo Clinic, including some of AJRR's governance leaders, who directed me in the direction of selecting AJRR. 

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