March 18, 2008


COLUMBIA, Tenn. –Maury Regional Hospital (MRH) was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® this week by Thomson Healthcare. The 2007 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success study appears in the March 17 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“We have made great strides in utilizing proven best practices to provide patients with outstanding clinical outcomes,” said Robert Otwell, MRH CEO. “I applaud the physicians and staff who are constantly evaluating and measuring our performance. Their dedication to our patients and the community has culminated in this prestigious national award for Maury Regional Hospital.”

Thomson Healthcare is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, financial performance, and efficiency. This is the second time that Maury Regional Hospital has been recognized with this honor.

The Thomson 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks for Success award names 100 hospitals that achieve the highest national score based on the hospital’s combined rank on measures of hospital performance that affect patients and the community. The study uses a balanced scorecard approach and scores hospitals according to key organization-wide measures including risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, patient safety composite, average core measures scores, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and financial indicators.

According to the study, the highest performance levels in patient safety were achieved by the 100 hospitals in the study that delivered the highest balanced performance across quality, efficiency, and financial stability. If all hospitals had performed at the level of these leading hospitals on the eight patient safety measures studied, they would have saved $253 million and 7,914 lives during the time period the study examined.

This is the 15th edition of the Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success study, which utilizes public Medicare data, so that all hospitals can be measured and the most reliable standards reported. Only 100 hospitals from approximately 3,000 hospitals are selected from five categories—major teaching, teaching, and large, medium and small community hospitals. Maury Regional was one of only 20 large community hospitals in the nation to receive the award.

“Employers, health plans, and hospitals need to take note that we have entered a new phase in driving transformation of the health care industry,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president in the Center for Healthcare Improvement at Thomson Healthcare. “Hospitals setting new levels of patient safety are those with the highest balanced scores across quality, efficiency, and financial performance.”

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at Copies of the 100 Top Hospitals report can be purchased by calling Thomson Healthcare at (800) 568-3282 or logging on to

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