July 9, 2010


COLUMBIA, TN – Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) received full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), according to Cathy Malone, administrative director for cardiovascular services.

“Maury Regional has made great strides in heart care and I am proud to say that we are now one of only two hospitals in Tennessee to achieve full heart failure accreditation and among only 17 in the nation,” said Malone. “Under the direction of Lisa Chambers, cardiology nurse manager, we have enhanced the quality of care for our patients by decreasing their length of stay in the hospital and reducing readmission rates.”  

MRMC has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists. MRMC’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk stratify patients to decrease their length of stay. Key areas in which a facility with Heart Failure Accreditation must demonstrate expertise include the following:

  • Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Assessment of Patients with Symptoms of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure-Diagnosis
  • Risk Stratification of the Heart Failure Patient
  • Treatment for Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure Discharge Criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Stay or Inpatient Stay
  • Heart Failure Patient Education in the Emergency Department, Observation and Inpatient Unit
  • Personnel, Competencies and Training
  • Process Improvement
  • Organizational Structure and Commitment
  • Heart Failure Community Outreach

The three-year heart failure accreditation was effective July 1 and follows MRMC’s Cycle II three-year accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention attained in 2008.

“This is a major accomplishment for any medical center,” said CEO Robert Otwell. “I am immensely proud of our cardiology team for their dedication to providing the best possible care for our patients.”

MRMC provides a comprehensive array of cardiac services, including interventional procedures to open blockages, electrophysiology services such as pacemakers and defibrillators, and cardiothoracic surgery through a partnership with Vanderbilt Heart that includes off-pump procedures.

Heart failure is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Approximately five million patients in the United States have heart failure. In addition, heart failure patients are responsible for 12 to 15 million physician office visits per year and 6.5 million hospital days. SCPC’s goal is to help facilities manage the heart failure patient more efficiently and improve patient outcomes.


About the Society of Chest Pain Centers

Established in 1998, SCPC is a patient-centric nonprofit international organization focused on improving care for patients with heart disease. Central to SCPC’s mission is the question, “What is right for the patient?” In response, SCPC promotes protocol-based medicine, to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndrome and heart failure and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by healthcare providers. To best fulfill this mission, SCPC provides accreditation and education to facilities striving for optimum cardiac care. SCPC is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on SCPC and accreditation opportunities, visit, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.