October 20, 2006



COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Hospital admitted the first baby to their new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on Monday, October 16. William Jordan Zaidan, son of Ashley Emmitt and Brian Zaidan, was born on October 9 at Maury Regional Hospital. Two months premature, he was transferred to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital for a higher level of care. With the opening of the NICU on October 16, Jordan was able to return to Maury Regional Hospital as its first NICU patient.  Now, many babies like William Jordan Zaidan, who are delivered at MRH and need advanced neonatal services will be able to stay at the hospital.

According to Jamie Davis, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Maury Regional Hospital opened the NICU through an agreement with Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  The new eight-bed neonatal intensive care unit is located in the Nursery area on the fourth floor of the hospital. The neonatology physicians and neonatal nurse practitioners are provided by Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. In addition, Maury Regional has 15 registered nurses specially trained to provide a higher level of newborn care on the unit, as well as respiratory therapists who have extensive training in treating neonatal patients.


“This new level of care for newborns and their parents is an important service for the region that we serve. As a mother myself, I’m comforted by the fact that we have the physicians and staff with the education and skill level to care for premature and sick newborn babies,” said Davis.


New state-of-the-art equipment on the unit includes a cardiac monitoring system, new ventilators, intensive care isolettes, and electronic patient documentation for physicians.


According to Davis, Maury Regional Hospital delivers approximately 1,600 babies each year. With the addition of neonatal intensive care services, that number is expected to increase.


“Premature babies typically spend several weeks in the nursery. By having these services close to home, many high risk mothers who elect to deliver at a hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit and premature infants who require specialized neonatal care will now be able to stay right here at Maury Regional Hospital.  Not only will this be a benefit for the babies, but also for parents and families who stay with the baby daily during the bonding process.”                                      


Judy Aschner, MD, Director of the Division of Neonatology at Vanderbilt notes, “We are very excited about our new affiliation with Maury Regional Hospital and the opening of a Vanderbilt Regional Affiliate Nursery in Columbia, TN.  Many of our patients in the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit come from Columbia and the surrounding areas south of Nashville.  This joint program will allow many of these babies to be cared for by Vanderbilt neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners closer to home at Maury Regional Hospital.  Getting babies closer to their families is a very important part of their recovery and a tremendous help to families who often feel like they need to be in several places at once when they have a premature or sick baby in the nursery.  It is a win-win for everyone when we can provide specialized and expert care for sick children in their home communities.”


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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