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April 11, 2008

MAURY REGIONAL ATTAINS NUCLEAR MEDICINE ACCREDITATION

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Maury Regional Hospital joins Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as the only hospitals in Middle Tennessee to have attained this accreditation from the ACR’s Commission on Quality and Safety.

“This is a very rigorous evaluation of our staff and equipment, so attaining this prestigious accreditation is a testament to the dedication of our staff and physicians and their desire to provide quality care for our patients,” said Pam Williams, director of imaging.

Nuclear medicine allows physicians to assess tissue function, metabolism and blood flow. During a study, an imaging agent is injected into the patient to examine specific organs. Once injected, a gamma camera records the radioactivity emitted by the organ and surrounding tissue. Tracking these waves allows physicians to make an accurate assessment of organ or tissue function.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic-interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Maury Regional Hospital is recognized as a 2007 Thomson Top 100 ® Hospital. The 275-bed not-for-profit regional medical center established in 1953 is located in Columbia, Tennessee. The hospital has a medical staff of 171 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 www.mauryregional.com.

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