Maury County is home to two major health-care providers that have built reputations for providing residents with first-class medical care and continue to grow their influence through programs and partnerships dedicated to enhancing wellness throughout the community.
Located in Columbia, Maury Regional Medical Center is the flagship hospital for the Maury Regional Health Care System, which also includes medical and health centers in Lewisburg, Waynesboro and Hohenwald, multiple outpatient facilities, and more than 200 physicians and mid-level providers. Known for its cutting-edge care, the system has scored a spot three times on Truven Health Analytics’ list of Top 15 Health Systems in the U.S., including in 2015.
“Our commitment to excellence sets us apart,” says Maury Regional CEO Alan Watson. “We are in constant pursuit of being better today than we were yesterday.”
To achieve that goal, Maury Regional has implemented several new programs, including its palliative care program that launched in the fall of 2014. The program had 950 consults in its first year, and it continues to grow as patients with chronic illnesses seek help in managing their conditions and navigating the health-care system
Another enhancement to Maury Regional’s services is the consolidation of all cancer services to the Maury Regional Cancer Center at Columbia Mall. Open since the summer of 2015, the 30,000-square-foot facility houses medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, clinical staff and support services in one convenient location. The cancer center also offers a tranquil garden area, an educational resource center and a monthly cancer support group.
“Patients can have all of their physician visits and treatments right there in a very healing, soothing environment with plenty of space for them to receive care and for their families to relax,” Watson says.
Maury Regional’s next project is a joint venture with National HealthCare Corp. for a transitional care center to replace NHC’s 92-bed Hillview facility and Maury Regional’s former 20-bed skilled nursing unit to be completed in 2016. MRMC is also affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and this collaboration helps to further serve patients’ needs as they continue on their respective health-care journeys.
In 2015, Truven Health Analytics named Maury Regional Health as one of its 15 Top Health Systems in the U.S. for the third time. Other accolades include:
- An A rating for patient safety at Maury Regional Medical Center in The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score study
- Maury Regional was the first Tennessee hospital to be recognized as a “Planetree Designated Patient-Centered Hospital”
“The VUMC affiliation is designed to help us create a clinically integrated network that helps us manage the continuum of care and ensure that information is flowing across that continuum,” Watson says. “For example, if a patient receives treatment here, then needs to be seen at Vanderbilt, we can easily share information between the hospitals.”
Providing top-notch emergency care close to home, the TriStar Spring Hill ER, part of TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, opened in February 2013. With 12 private patient rooms and a goal of treating emergency patients within five minutes of their arrival, the TriStar Spring Hill ER features advanced testing and imaging technology and a comprehensive medical laboratory, along with outpatient services.
“As a patient, you can expect to be seen quickly by a board-certified physician and receive appropriate treatment, including immediate pain control, if warranted,” says Keri McKamey, director of the TriStar Spring Hill ER. “With a full staff of certified, experienced emergency care specialists standing by, you can expect to be evaluated and treated within minutes.”
The TriStar Spring Hill ER also features telemedicine technology that easily connects patients to specialists at the TriStar Centennial Medical Center, and patients with critical injuries or illnesses – including those suffering from chest pain or other heart attack symptoms – are quickly transported to the medical center by helicopter. This established, coordinated system for rapid acceptance and treatment helps ensure patients receive the proper care and is essential to improving patient outcomes and saving lives.