September 23, 2011
REGIONAL MEDICAL FACILITIES ANNOUNCE AFFILIATION AGREEMENTS
COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center, along with NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield and Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, today announced collaborative agreements with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. As organizations across the nation work to lower health care costs while meeting performance standards for clinical quality, providers are identifying ways to best serve patients throughout the continuum of care by creating cost-effective regional health care delivery systems.
The agreements create significant opportunities for these organizations to integrate care and broaden the scope of health care services, including medical records connectivity; establishing protocols and incentives for delivering services at the most cost-effective location; jointly building service capabilities and quality programs; and, introducing protocols that standardize evidence-based medical practices. These agreements will help to ensure that all organizations will remain independent while meeting the needs of the communities they serve.
“The objective is to enhance the capabilities of all four organizations by offering new services, standardizing best practices and providing the highest value health care network to business and government,” said Maury Regional CEO Robert Otwell. “This expanded affiliation with Vanderbilt will benefit Maury Regional by collaborating with one of the most respected teaching and research hospitals in the nation. We can draw upon their clinical expertise and physician recruitment strengths while maintaining our independence as a community hospital.”
Currently, Maury Regional and Vanderbilt have shared partnerships through the physician practice of Vanderbilt Heart-Columbia, diagnostic imaging services in Spring Hill, and the provision of inpatient neonatal intensive care and cardiac surgery services.
“This agreement will enable us to collaborate in new ways as we work together to further our common goal to provide a continuum of health care services for the citizens of this region,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System.
Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine added, “Major developments are occurring rapidly within the delivery of health care as the result of the advancement of medical science and due to changes to federal and state health policy. These policy changes are placing increasing importance on the creation of innovative models to more efficiently and effectively coordinate the delivery of health care across broad populations. This affiliation is a tremendous positive for all parties, serving as a forward-thinking approach to partnerships between community-based providers and large tertiary referral centers as we work together to address changes occurring under health care reform.”
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. Maury Regional Medical Center operates the affiliate facilities of Marshall Medical Center in Lewisburg, Wayne Medical Center in Waynesboro, Lewis Health Center in Hohenwald and Spring Hill Health Center in Spring Hill. For more information, visit mauryregional.com.
About Vanderbilt University Medical Center:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Psychiatric Hospital at Vanderbilt and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. Vanderbilt University Hospital was recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals edition, being named to this year’s “Honor Roll” of the nation’s best hospitals. The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is one of the nation’s premier pediatric hospitals achieving a maximum of 10 pediatric specialty programs ranked among the nation’s best this year by U.S. News & World Report. For more information about Vanderbilt University Medical Center, see www.mc.vanderbilt.edu