Maury Regional Medical Center Named Among Nation's Best for Health Care

Year after year, Columbia's Maury Regional Medical Center is ranked among the best health systems in the nation. And 2012 is no exception.

Kevin Litwin
On Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 04:00
Columbia, TN

Year after year, Columbia's Maury Regional Medical Center is ranked among the best health systems in the nation. And 2012 is no exception.

Best of the Best

MRMC was the only hospital in Tennessee recognized recently as a top 10 health-care system by Thomson Reuters. The award was based on key measures, including lives saved, clinical outcomes and patient safety and satisfaction. The results are no accident, says MRMC CEO Robert Otwell. 

"We set our goals high and have process improvement initiatives in place throughout the system, where we focus on quality outcomes, service and cost," Otwell says. "We feel we should be the highest value provider for patients we serve in southern Middle Tennessee."

In 2011, MRMC was named a top-100 hospital by Thomson Reuters and by WomenCertified, a referral service for female consumers. It was also the only Middle Tennessee provider among the Top Performing Hospitals in the Premier health-care alliance's national QUEST collaborative – an initiative that helps member hospitals deliver the best possible care through collaboration on process solutions.

Excellence in Cardiac, Specialized Care

As the region's only heart center, MRMC provides interventional cath lab procedures such as angioplasty and stenting, and cardiothoracic surgery through a collaboration with Vanderbilt Heart. Included by Thomson Reuters among 50 of the nation's top cardiovascular hosptials, Maury Regional is also home to a Level III accredited chest pain center, and provides cardiac and pulmonary rehab to help patients recover faster.

MRMC's Diagnostic Imaging department recently became the first in Tennessee to install a high-field open MRI system. The Hitachi Oasis open MRI system minimizes claustrophobia and anxiety, and its high-resolution scans are faster and clearer than ever.

The hospital also is a leader in oncology, and is expanding cancer care into the community. In June 2012, MRMC will complete a $2.5 million expansion into the Columbia Mall. The 39,640-square-foot space will house MRMC physician group FHG Oncology and outpatient intravenous therapy services.

"We see this as an opportunity to provide more convenient, accessible service to patients receiving cancer treatment," Otwell says. "We wanted to design something around the needs of the patient."

Orthopaedic surgeons at MRMC were among the nation's first to perform the reverse shoulder implant and the gender-specific knee replacement for women. Spine procedures include disc repairs and cervical and lumbar disc surgery and fusion. The hospital also offers a full range of neurological services, including stroke and injury treatment, while the tiniest patients receive care in a neonatal intensive care unit staffed by specially trained physicians and nurses from Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Spring Hill Surgery Facility Planned

Maury Regional plans to expand its presence in Spring Hill with the construction of a 62,365-square-foot facility, which will offer a walk-in clinic, physical therapy, a specialty clinic and physician practices. The facility will also include an ambulatory surgery center and cancer services in collaboration with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The facility is expected to augment MRMC's primary care practice and imaging center in Spring Hill, which offers MRI, CT, digital mammography, ultrasound, bone densitometry and general X-ray services.



Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.