Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute Celebrates Patient Milestone

20,000th patient to receive new knee today 

(Hartford, Conn. May 21, 2015)  -  The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center reached a milestone today as its 20,000th patient received a new knee. 

“This is a significant achievement for CJRI,” said co-founder Robert McAllister, M.D. “It has taken focus, discipline and dedication by a first-class group of physicians, clinicians and staff members since the program’s inception in July 2007. We’re excited to continue what we started for the next eight years and beyond.” 

Sixty-eight-year-old Victor Mudrick is the Center’s 20,000th patient. The New Jersey resident is undergoing left knee replacement surgery today. The Tiffany & Co employee first came to CJRI two years ago for a right hip replacement. 

“Dr. McAllister is one of the best in the country,” says Mudrick. “I wouldn’t go anywhere else.” 

CJRI is a “hospital within a hospital,” providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive joint replacement surgery in a compassionate, caring environment in Saint Francis’ John T. O’Connell Tower. CJRI is the highest-volume joint replacement surgery center in Connecticut.  

“This has been a collaborative effort from the very beginning,” says Steven Schutzer, M.D., co-founder and Medical Director of CJRI. “We pride ourselves on an unmatched record of quality achievements,” said Dr. Schutzer. “All our patients can be assured that we will not only meet their expectations, but also exceed them.” 

In the United States, 52.1 million adults (or 1 in 5) have physician-diagnosed arthritis; this number is expected to increase to an estimated 67.0 million adults in the year 2030. Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the U.S., with nearly 19 million adults reporting activity limitations due to the condition each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

An estimated 719,000 total knee replacements and 332,000 total hip replacement surgeries are performed annually in the U.S., according to the CDC. Hip and knee replacements are the most commonly performed joint replacements, but replacement surgery can be performed on other joints, as well, including the ankle, wrist, shoulder, and elbow. 

CJRI is certified as an ISO 9001:2008, Quality Management Systems compliant organization - the only joint replacement facility in Connecticut to receive this designation, and one of only 80 healthcare providers nationwide. 

The ISO certification is a rigorous process in which a hospital improves and monitors the delivery of patient care, measures quality and places great emphasis on eliminating and preventing errors. ISO standards are used internationally in different fields including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, aerospace, medical devices and health care. ISO standards are globally known and are considered the "gold" standard for all industries. More than 32,000 organizations in the United States are ISO 9001:2008 certified.  

CJRI is consistently recognized by healthcare industry watchdogs as a top provider for joint replacement for both medical excellence and patient safety. 

About Saint Francis Care 

Saint 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.  Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.  Saint Francis Care’s 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 

About CJRI 

The Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis opened in July 2007, and has completed over 20,000 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.