July 18, 2006

Maury Regional Hospital Breaks Ground for $10.5 Million Renovation and Expansion of Emergency Department

Project Will Nearly Triple Size of Emergency Department


Columbia, TN – Maury Regional Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 10 for a $10.5 million renovation and expansion that will nearly triple the size of its Emergency Department, according to Robert Otwell, CEO. 

“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. 

According to Otwell, the renovation and expansion will significantly improve operations for 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 on 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 30,000 square feet and 32 individual treatment rooms, as well as space for laboratory services and inpatient discharge areas. 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. Construction is expected to be complete in October 2007. 

“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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