Health Care Expands in Maury County

Maury Regional Medical Center is expanding, and TriStar Centennial is locating a medical facility in Spring Hill.

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Michael D. Tedesco

Medical advancements are commonplace at Maury Regional Medical Center, home to heart, cancer, neurology and orthopedic centers and nationally acclaimed for its patient care and safety.

The hospital was recently ranked among the nation's top 100 hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, formerly known as Thomson Reuters – and it was also the only hospital in Tennessee to attain the Everest Award, which recognizes hospitals that have achieved both the highest level of current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.

Maury Region's ongoing expansions and enhancements to technology and services continue to boost the quality of and access to care for patients. A new Maury Regional Cancer Center opened in June 2012 at the Columbia Mall. The new center includes a FHG Oncology physician practice, a large chemotherapy area and an on-site pharmacy.

"As the number of cancer patients treated at the hospital continued to increase, it created the demand for a more spacious facility," said Alan Watson, Maury Regional Medical Center CEO. "The site at the Columbia Mall was selected for patient convenience and affordability compared to building a new center."

Also in 2012, Maury Regional added neurosurgery to its list of hospital specialties. Its neurosurgery services include craniotomies, radiosurgery for treating inoperable brain tumors, spinal surgery for degenerative disease, and removal of benign and malignant spinal tumors.

Excellence in Cardiac Care

The hospital's cardiac program also marked a milestone, with physicians performing their 1,000th radial artery cardiac catheterization since the procedure was first introduced at Maury Regional in 2011.

"The radial artery cardiac catheterization is less invasive, reaching the heart via a small puncture through the wrist," Watson says. "The benefits to the patient include a significant decrease in recovery time and discomfort as well as a lower possibility of complications."

The medical center offers cardiovascular and thoracic services through a collaboration with Vanderbilt Heart. Services include interventional procedures such as angioplasty and stenting, as well as cardic bypass surgery, defibrillator implantation and more.

Health Care Expands in Spring Hill

Maury Regional first expanded into Spring Hill with a three-physician primary care practice and imaging center on Main Street, and now the hospital is adding a facility near the intersection of Port Royal and Saturn Parkway. Services at Maury Regional Medical Campus-Spring Hill, which opened in the spring of 2013, include pediatrics, physical therapy and radiation oncology, along with an outpatient surgery center for general, gynecological, ophthalmologic, orthopedic, urological, and ear, nose and throat surgeries.

Besides Maury Regional, health provider TriStar Centennial also expanded into Spring Hill. In February 2013, a new TriStar Medical Park at Spring Hill opened near the intersection of Kedron Road and Saturn Parkway. The three-story, $15 million building is equipped with a full-service, free-standing emergency department on the first floor staffed by board-certified physicians and emergency care staff.

"The entire first floor features a 10,000-square-foot, 24/7/365 emergency department that has 12 rooms, including two dedicated pediatric rooms, one large trauma room and an isolation respiratory room," says Joe Mazzo, vice president of clinical operations for TriStar Centennial. "Much of the U.S. is moving toward free-standing emergency room facilities in growing communities, and Spring Hill certainly has needed such a medical park for some time."

The goal of the medical park is to provide as many services as possible to area residents, Mazzo says.

"Current services include X-ray, CT scans, ultrasound and imaging, plus telemedicine that allows doctors from afar to offer helpful diagnoses," he says. "We will eventually lease second- and third-floor offices for cardiology, ob/gyn, mammography and other specialties. There is no surgery or overnight stays at the Spring Hill medical park. Its main purpose is being an emergency department along with specialty offices."

The emergency department also has a medical laboratory as well as an adjacent helipad.

"There is also a decontamination room, a seclusion room and plans for much more," Mazzo says. "Spring Hill continues to be an expanding community, and we want to eventually have all of its medical needs covered."


Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years. He was previously an editor for a small-town newspaper for ... more

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