Providence Southern California Medical Centers Join California Joint Replacement Registry

May 29, 2014

Top Orthopedic Hospitals Share Data on Hip and Knee Replacement Outcomes

Working with some of the state’s top hospitals, Providence Southern California’s six medical centers will participate in the California Joint Replacement Registry, sharing the latest information about treatments and follow-up programs for patients who undergo hip and knee replacements.

As members of the registry, orthopedic specialists at Providence medical centers in the South Bay, Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley will share access to data on the results of hip and knee replacement procedures, including the safety of the various artificial joints, their effectiveness and information on any post-operative complications.

Patient input also will be available for review to help guide physicians and patients in deciding the best course for the individual, recognizing quality and affordability.

The registry is designed to:
  • Compile reports assessing the outcomes associated with different devices and surgical techniques
  • Create confidential benchmarking reports for physicians and hospitals that detail each provider's performance data and compare it to statewide averages
  • Transmit safety alerts on devices with short-term results that provoke concern
  • Shape a measurement and reporting system for orthopedic procedures
  • Provide patients with useful information about outcomes after surgery to help them make decisions about their care


Providence Saint John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica leads Providence Southern California in hip and knee replacement procedures, performing approximately 1,600 a year. Together the six Providence Medical Centers serving the Greater Los Angeles Area perform some 3,200 procedures annually. And the practice is growing as the Baby Boom generation ages yet remains active.

Involvement with the registry comes as Providence Southern California converts to the state-of-the-art Epic electronic health records system, which simplifies data collection and collation for the six hospitals and three affiliated physician groups. Three of the medical centers have implemented Epic and the remaining three are expected to by the end of the year.

The California Joint Replacement Registry is an effort by the California HealthCare Foundation, Pacific Business Group on Health and the California Orthopaedic Association to collect and share information about hip and knee replacement surgeries performed in the state.