Maury Regional Medical Center Ranked Among Nation's Best Hospitals

World-class health care is at home in Maury County. The county's flagship hospital, Maury Regional Medical Center, has repeatedly been recognized for excellence in medicine and patient care.

Kevin Litwin
On Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 22:47
Columbia, TN

World-class health care is at home in Maury County. The county's flagship hospital, Maury Regional Medical Center, has repeatedly been recognized for excellence in medicine and patient care.

The Nation's Best

In 2010, the Columbia, Tenn. hospital was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters.

"This award is reflective of the commitment of our physicians, employees and volunteers who are dedicated to using methods proven to result in better outcomes for our patients," says Robert Otwell, chief executive officer at MRMC.

The second largest employer in the region, MRMC was also selected as a Top 50 health system by Modern Healthcare in 2009. Other accolades include being one of only 23 hospitals in the nation to receive the 2009 Premier Award for Quality and being recognized as a 2009 Excellence Award winner by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

The largest hospital between Nashville, Tenn. and Huntsville, Ala., Maury Regional provides top-notch specialty care through accredited heart, cancer, neurological and orthopedic centers. Along with a surgery center and neonatal intensive care unit, the hospital features a brand-new outpatient pavilion near its main campus and is working on renovating most of its patient rooms.

Own the Bone

For its leadership in bone health and fragility fracture prevention, Maury Regional was named one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in 2010. MRMC was the first hospital in Tennessee to implement Own the Bone™, an American Osteopathic Association program that identifies patients for osteoporosis and reduces the risk of fragility-related fractures.

Orthopaedic surgeon Jeff Adams, M.D., of Columbia's Mid-Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, led efforts to institute the program at MRMC.

"It's important to us to identify individuals at risk for future fractures," Adams says. "We can then schedule them for a bone density scan to determine the extent of the disease, prescribe calcium and osteoporosis medications, and provide nutritional consultations. Our goal is to prevent future fractures and ensure a better quality of life for our patents."

Specialized Care

Maury Regional is quick to embrace technology and innovative treatment tools. At the hospital's Cancer Center, patients receive advanced image-guided radiotherapy through the new Trilogy™ linear accelerator and imaging system, which delivers a wide range of ultra-precise treatments with great speed.

"This state-of-the-art system makes it possible for us to treat patients with the most advanced radiotherapy techniques, using the most clinically efficient processes in the world," says radiation oncologist Michael Sattasiri, M.D. "It provides us with more versatility and precision than we've ever had, for customizing treatments according to the specifics of each patient's case."

Cardiac services at MRMC include interventional procedures, electrophysiology, pulmonary and critical care services, and cardiothoracic surgery through a partnership with Nashville-based Vanderbilt Heart. In 2011, the hospital became the second in Middle Tennessee to utilize a new pacemaker that allows patients to safely undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies.

And in the new outpatient pavilion, MRMC's Womens' Center offers digital technology that allows for a higher quality of images, along with a minimally invasive breast biopsy system.

"The physicians and staff at Maury Regional Medical Center are committed to providing outstanding care and staying on top of current technology," Otwell says. "We have been compared to some of the most respected medical centers in the country and have received recognition for the quality of care that we provide. We all want the very best of care for those we hold dear and that is what we strive to provide to every patient, every day."


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