November 14, 2011


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is the only Tennessee facility to be named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters. The winners were announced November 14 in Modern Healthcare magazine. This recognition comes on the heels of MRMC being recognized as one of the 10 Top Health Systems in the nation.

“The physicians and staff who care for our heart patients are committed to using care practices that result in better outcomes for our patients,” said MRMC CEO Robert Otwell. “It is their commitment to the patients we serve that has resulted in Maury Regional being recognized among this elite group of hospitals.”
The study examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

 “This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have continued to deliver excellent care and have been able to improve their performance in a tough economic climate," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Thomson Reuters. “The hospitals in this study have provided measurably better care and are more efficient than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by hospital leadership at a time when the health care system is steeped in volatility.”

The study shows that 97 percent of cardiovascular inpatients in U.S. hospitals survive and approximately 96 percent remain complication-free, reflecting improved cardiovascular care across-the-board over the past year. The 50 top hospitals’ performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates (23 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery patients).
  • Lower complications indices (40 percent lower rate of heart failure complications).
  • Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days.
  • Shorter hospital visits and lower costs. Top hospitals discharge bypass patients nearly a full day sooner and spend $4,200 less per bypass case than non-winners. 

The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

"I'm very proud to see that the hard work throughout the medical center is yielding the kind of excellent cardiac outcomes that our patients deserve,” said Kevin Maquiling, M.D., an interventional cardiologist with Vanderbilt Heart-Columbia. “To have this nationally recognized program here in Columbia should be a source of pride and comfort to the whole community."

Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2009 and 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

Heart services at MRMC are provided in collaboration with Vanderbilt Heart. Services at MRMC include interventional procedures, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, and defibrillator and pacemaker procedures. For more information about heart services, visit

About Maury Regional Medical Center:

Maury Regional Medical Center is a 275-bed facility that serves more than 260,000 people in southern Middle Tennessee and has a medical staff of more than 185 physicians. From a comprehensive interventional and surgical heart program to a neonatal intensive care and cancer center, the medical center offers a wide range of advanced services. In the past three years, the medical center has been recognized as a 2011 Thomson Reuters 10 Top Health System, 100 Top Hospital, Top 50 Health System, Premier Award for Quality winner and Excellence Award winner by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence. For more information, visit