June 19, 2009


COLUMBIA, Tenn.— Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has been recognized by the Premier health care alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality. MRMC is one of 23 winners out of more than 3,796 eligible hospitals nationwide and the only winner from Tennessee.

“The employees and physicians at Maury Regional Medical Center embrace a culture of clinical excellence,” said Robert Otwell, CEO. “They continually strive to provide our patients with the proven standards of care by utilizing best practices. I am immensely proud of their accomplishments and applaud them for the medical center attaining this esteemed award.”

The award recognizes leading health care organizations that efficiently provide outstanding patient care and consistently set the standard in clinical excellence nationwide. Distinguished by its consideration of performance-based criteria, including clinical quality outcomes, resource utilization, and clinical process indicators, the award measures top performers at the overall hospital level.

“This award is confirmation that we have an outstanding regional medical center in Columbia that offers an exceptional level of care when compared to nearly 3,800 hospitals nationwide. Patients can take comfort knowing they’re in good hands at Maury Regional,” said Chief of Staff Jeffrey Adams, M.D.

Brenda Totty, vice president of quality services, added, “Maury Regional prides itself on the quality of care we provide our patients as a result of our ongoing efforts to improve our care delivery systems, as well as our focus on service excellence. It takes an organization-wide effort to make great strides in clinical quality. This prestigious award recognizes the exemplary care that our staff delivers to each and every patient we treat.”

Brenda Hogan, clinical outcomes manager, accepted the award at the 2009 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference & Exhibition on June 16 held in Anaheim, California.

All acute care inpatient facilities in the United States that submitted data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the CMS Hospital Compare project were considered for the award. Using Medicare data, Quality and Efficiency Indexes were calculated for 60 disease groups and at the overall hospital level. Quality was measured by the incidence of three adverse outcomes: mortality, morbidity and complications, which are combined into a single Quality Index using the preference weightings from the Corporate Hospital Rating Project (CHRP). The efficiency index was generated using length of stay to proxy for resource utilization.

Acute care facilities attaining the top 1 percent designation are identified as having scores in the top two quintiles for process of care, and in 10 out of 60 disease groups and at the overall hospital level for quality and efficiency. Additionally, hospitals had measures for quality and efficiency that were equal to or exceeded expected outcomes.

“The Award for Quality honors the efforts of our nation’s leading hospitals to provide superior quality and operational efficiency,” said Susan DeVore, Premier incoming president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to celebrate the efforts of these facilities as they improve the health of the communities they serve.”

Additional information about the award and related methodology can be found at:

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
The Premier health care alliance is more than 2,100 U.S. hospitals and 58,000-plus other health care sites working together to improve health care quality and affordability. Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading health care purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Premier has offices in San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington.


About Maury Regional Medical Center

Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is a 275-bed not-for-profit facility located in Columbia, Tennessee. Established in 1953, MRMC has a medical staff of more than 185 physicians, representing more than 30 specialties, and serves approximately 260,000 residents in southern Middle Tennessee with affiliate facilities in Spring Hill, Hohenwald, Lewisburg and Waynesboro. For more information, visit


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