May 24, 2006


Project Will Nearly Triple Size of Emergency Department

Maury Regional Hospital received certificate of need approval from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency this morning to undergo a $10.5 million, 30,000 square foot renovation to its Emergency Department, including 6,300 square feet of new construction, officials announced today.

The hospital’s proposal, which was submitted in February 2006, was approved with a vote of 9-to-0 from the Agency, a state appointed board that considers and approves all medical facility development throughout the state.

“With more than 40,000 emergency room visits last year, this project is an important development in the life of Maury Regional, as we continue to expand to meet the growth of the region we have served for over 52 years,” says CEO Robert Otwell. 

“Our plans will significantly improve operations for our physicians and nurses, enabling them to evaluate and treat patients more quickly. The patient experience will also be enhanced, not only with increased capacity and the ability to see patients quickly, but also with updated, spacious rooms that ensure greater privacy.”

Currently, MRH’s Emergency Department, located in the ground floor of the hospital, contains 8,350 square feet of space, with 22 treatment rooms.  With this renovation and expansion, those numbers will increase to 29,500 square feet and 32 treatment rooms.  The project also adds space for laboratory services and inpatient discharge areas.

“Our Emergency Department serves nearly 120 patients every day from an eight-county service area,” says Dr. David Turner, medical director for the Emergency Department. “In addition, the department will have new computer software that enables physicians and staff to simultaneously receive diagnostic information quickly, resulting in faster diagnosis and treatment of the patient.”

“Priority is always given to those patients experiencing potentially life-threatening events such as cardiac arrest or stroke. With the limited space in the current emergency department, this resulted in longer wait times for patients with less serious conditions.  With the addition of more treatment rooms, we hope to reduce the wait times for all of our patients.”

Construction will begin on this project in mid-July and is expected to be complete in October 2007.  Other expansion projects underway for Maury Regional are a diagnostic center located in Spring Hill to open this summer and the addition of neonatal services expected to begin in early fall.

“Maury County and the surrounding area is certainly growing, and we are committed to grow with it.  This is an investment in the future of healthcare for our community,” says Otwell.

Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia, Tennessee is a 275-bed not-for-profit regional medical center established in 1953. The JCAHO-accredited hospital has a medical staff of 157 physicians, representing more than 30 specialties, and serves approximately 250,000 residents in southern Middle Tennessee. It is the flagship hospital for a system with additional facilities in Spring Hill, Hohenwald, Lewisburg and Waynesboro. For more information, visit



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