March 2014

Ms. Jennifer Perkins


Ms. Alana Burns


This quarter, we are pleased to feature two amazing champions from Illinois, our home state and one of the leading states in terms of hospital enrollment. Under the direction of Jennifer Perkins, RN, BSHA, ONC, Memorial Medical Center in Springfield was one of the first hospitals to join AJRR, signing up over two years ago. Alana Burns, BS, of NorthShore University HealthSystem has been a strong advocate for AJRR and oversaw the enrollment of the four hospitals in her system which are in the northern suburbs of Chicago and include Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park, and Skokie Hospitals. Both champions are also spearheading their hospitals’ efforts with AJRR staff on our Level II/Level III pilot program.

Jennifer Perkins is the Orthopedic Services Program Coordinator at Memorial Medical Center. Jennifer has worked as an RN at Memorial, a Magnet-designated hospital, for more than 20 years, most of which has been directly involved with orthopedics. She obtained a BS in Health Administration in 2006 and will begin an MBA program this summer at the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is a member of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, and holds certifications in Orthopaedic Nursing and Lean Six Sigma. As the Orthopedic leader in the area, Jennifer attributes Memorial’s success to the opportunity to partner with their physicians and collaborate with outside entities, such as AJRR, in efforts to continually raise the standards and improve patient quality of care.

Alana Burns has been Manager of Orthopaedic Research and Outcomes at NorthShore University HealthSystem since 2012. Prior to her current position, Alana had eleven years of research experience specializing in Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Her start in Orthopedics began at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where she managed their Sports Medicine Clinical Research Department for more than five years. Alana attended Michigan State University on a full basketball scholarship, graduating with a BS in Physiology. She will complete her MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from the University of Louisville in May 2014. In addition to her research endeavors, she is a sought after motivational speaker and mentor for Type 1 Diabetics.