Columbia-based Maury Regional Health serves more than 250,000 people in southern Middle Tennessee
The words Maury Regional Health are synonymous with award-winning, quality health care in Middle Tennessee, where the leadership team, past and present — Alan Watson and Dr. Davin Turner — emphasize that patient needs take top priority.
Columbia-based Maury Regional Health holds the distinction of being the largest not-for-profit regional health system between Nashville and Huntsville, AL, serving more than 250,000 people in southern Middle Tennessee. The six-time IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health System recipient is comprised of a collection of hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, outpatient facilities and physician practice groups. The flagship hospital is the 255-bed Maury Regional Medical Center, with more than 200 physicians, comprehensive cancer care, state-of-the-art critical care, an entire floor for childbirth and gynecological care, surgical services and more.
Alan Watson had a distinguished 40-year health care career and first came to Maury Regional Medical Center as Chief Operating Officer in 2010. He led Maury Regional Health from 2012 until he retired in 2021. Watson says the most important words of wisdom he could give new CEO Dr. Davin Turner is to remember that “Maury Regional is a community hospital that has always placed the quality of care as its No. 1 priority.”
Turner couldn’t agree more. Growing up in rural Oklahoma, his father and uncle were pharmacists.
“I wanted to be a physician for as long as I can remember,” he says.
He earned his medical degree from Oklahoma State University and trained in Massachusetts and Maine before establishing his practice in Missouri.
“About 15 years into my career, I had the opportunity to step up in the administrative ranks and make a difference when it came to how a health system could collaboratively work with physicians in a business model that is good for the organization while putting the patient at the forefront — one that brings all departments at the organization together to collectively meet the quality and service needs of our patients,” says Turner, who previously was the president and chief medical officer of Mosaic Life Care’s 352-bed flagship hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Expanding To Serve
During his years at the helm, Watson witnessed a time of growth for the county and Maury Regional Health, including the development of a cancer center at Columbia Mall, a new Spring Hill medical office building and additional services for the community through partnerships with Vanderbilt Health and a partnership with HCA on a behavioral health hospital. In addition, the health system continued to renovate and add state-of-the-art equipment on its main campus, along with supporting facilities in Hohenwald, Lewisburg and Waynesboro, he says.
Turner says what drew him to Maury Regional Health is that the organization has demonstrated a commitment to clinical quality and access, not only for Columbia but a broader region that includes rural communities.
“Growing up in a small town in Oklahoma, rural health care is very important to me. Without us, patients would have to travel long distances to get to the care they need, which is challenging for the senior population and those with barriers to transportation,” he says.
On the Horizon
Turner, a twin and an avid outdoorsman, says Maury Regional Health will continue to promote wellness through its physician practices as well as its outreach efforts, including a mobile medical unit, which serves at-risk and underserved populations.
“We will be evaluating the medical needs of the population and recruiting the appropriate specialists and promote the profession of health care,” he says. “We plan to promote allied health opportunities at colleges like Columbia State Community College and support our partnerships for graduate medical education and residency training. My hope is that these individuals will come back to serve their community.”
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