February 25, 2013

Maury Regional named among nation's 100 Top Hospitals

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) was today named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters. The winning hospitals were announced in the February 25 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. MRMC was the only Tennessee hospital to attain the Everest Award, which honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and pneumonia. This is the fourth time that MRMC has been recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation.

“At Maury Regional, we strive to provide the very best of care to every patient every day. We realize this is not an end goal, but a daily commitment to do our very best. This recognition is a direct result of the dedication of our employees, physicians and volunteers and I am immensely proud of the individuals who make this organization one of the best hospitals in the nation. I would also like to thank our board of trustees, advisory board and the county commission for their support of our hospital. Without them, we would not be able to achieve success,” said CEO Alan Watson.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information—Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare Web site. Hospitals do not apply and winners do not pay to market this honor.

“The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years. This year’s winners have brought even higher value to their local communities—better quality, higher efficiency and high patient perceptions of care, while confronting the challenges of massive industry-wide transformation to implement health care reform,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. “The key to success in a tumultuous environment is visionary leadership that develops and maintains a hospital-wide culture of excellence that cuts across everything, from patient care to housekeeping to administration, and the refusal to rest on laurels when it comes to adopting new technologies and techniques. I congratulate this year’s winners for their persistent drive for excellence.”

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Approximately 82,000 additional patients could be complication-free.
  • More than $6 billion could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at