Oversee Quality and Research for Connecticut’s Largest Joint Replacement
Conn. April 15, 2013) – Charles M. Turkelson, Ph.D., of Farmington, has been named the newly
of Health Economics and Outcomes Research for the Connecticut Joint Replacement
Institute at Saint Francis (CJRI).
Dr. Turkelson will oversee the CJRI Research Department,
including The Total
Joint Registry which has over 13,000 patient records.
Dr. Turkelson was previously Senior
Research Director, Center for Medical Policy Technology, Baltimore, MD. Prior
to that, he served as Director
of the Department of Research and Scientific Affairs at the American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). There, he developed AAOS guideline development
processes and served as the methodologist on all AAOS guidelines. He was
responsible for collecting and analyzing healthcare statistics, and worked on
AAOS surveys and its census.
Turkelson is a distinguished, nationally recognized, researcher who has vast
experience in Outcomes/Comparative effectiveness research, evidence based
medicine, implementation of clinical practice guidelines, economic modeling and
advanced statistical techniques,” said Steven Schutzer, M.D., Director and
Physician Leader, CJRI.
Turkelson was a post doctoral fellow at Tulane Medical and earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from
Tulane University, LA, and a Masters Degree in psychology from the New School
for Social Research, NY.
Turkelson has directed over 200 systematic reviews and evidence reports, and is
the author or co-author of over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and three
book chapters. His research, publications, and presentations have been in
meta-analysis, rating the strength of medical evidence, and in peptide
physiology and biochemistry.
at Saint Francis Care is the leader
in Connecticut for joint replacement volume and has been named one of America’s
100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement, according to a report from
Healthgrades, the leading provider of online information to help consumers make
an informed decision about a physician or a hospital. It was also recently
recognized by CareChex, a division of
Comparion Medical Analytics, as being ranked number one in the state for joint
replacement patient safety and medical excellence.
Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis opened in July 2007,
and has completed over 130,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries. CJRI
provides patients with the highest quality, most comprehensive, efficient,
state-of-the-art joint replacement treatments in a compassionate and caring
environment. Functioning as a "hospital within a hospital," CJRI has
a Total Joint Replacement Registry that reports outcomes data for continued
quality improvement initiatives and provides the platform for the Step Ahead Plan.
About Saint Francis Care
Francis Care is an integrated
healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical
Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is
a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New
England. Other major entities of Saint
Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners. Its services are supported by a network of
five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited
throughout the region. For more
information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.