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October 18, 2007

CLINICAL OUTCOMES PLACE MAURY REGIONAL AMONG TOP 10 IN STATE FOR ORTHOPEDICS

COLUMBIA, Tenn.— The Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study released October 15 ranks Maury Regional Hospital among the top 10 in Tennessee for overall orthopedic services. The hospital also achieved a 5-star rating—the highest possible—for hip fracture repair.

“The orthopedic physicians on the medical staff have a commitment to providing outstanding patient care, utilizing standardized best practices for treating patients. Our surgical team, nurses and physical therapists work with these physicians as a team focused on improving the quality of life for our patients. It is this common goal that has allowed Maury Regional Hospital to excel in orthopedics,” said Robert Otwell, chief executive officer.

Maury Regional Hospital offers a wide array of orthopedic services, from outpatient procedures to total joint replacement, including minimally invasive partial knee replacement, kyphoplasty, and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. The team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons on the medical staff has more than 100 years of combined experience performing orthopedic repairs and joint replacement surgeries.

Carey Albright, administrative director for orthopedic services, states, “The orthopedic physicians take pride in staying abreast of current technology and procedures to offer their patients state-of-the-art orthopedic care. In fact, our physicians were among the first in the state to perform the reverse shoulder implant and gender-specific knee replacements. We’re honored that the hard work of our orthopedic team has been recognized by HealthGrades,” said Albright.

HealthGrades is the nation’s leading independent health care ratings company. The Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study identifies key trends in the quality of care provided by approximately 5,000 hospitals nationwide. HealthGrades researchers analyzed Medicare discharges from every U.S. hospital between 2004 and 2006. Risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates were calculated and hospitals were assigned a 1-star (poor), 3-star (as expected), or 5-star (best) quality rating for 28 diagnoses and procedures.

“Our research shows that while the overall quality of hospital care in America is improving, the gap between the best-performing hospitals and the worst persists,” said Dr. Samantha Collier, HealthGrades’ chief medical officer and author of the study. “This persistent gap makes it imperative that anyone planning to be admitted to a hospital do their homework and seek out highly rated facilities.”

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