Maury Regional Medical Center awarded certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) recently earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark both represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

“This recognition highlights the exceptional stroke care we provide here at Maury Regional Medical Center,” said Maury Regional Health CEO Alan Watson. “I commend all our physicians and staff members, led by Chest Pain Center and Stroke Program Coordinator Brenda Bishop, for their demonstrated commitment to the quality and compassionate care that made this distinction possible.”

Maury Regional Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite review in December 2018. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

“We congratulate Maury Regional Medical Center for achieving this designation,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. “By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines Maury Regional Medical Center has clearly made it a priority to deliver high-quality care to all patients affected by stroke.”

At Maury Regional Medical Center, board-certified neurologists, Emergency Department nurses and Critical Care Unit nurses are specially trained in stroke patient care. Maury Regional Medical Center also offers comprehensive stroke rehabilitation — including occupational, physical and speech therapy — as well as a monthly Stroke Support Group for those who have experienced a stroke along with their families, caregivers and friends.

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers.”

The facilities of Maury Regional Medical Center, Lewis Health Center, Marshall Medical Center and Wayne Medical Center are all accredited by the Joint Commission, a status recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. In addition to its recognition for stroke services, Maury Regional Medical Center specifically holds accreditation status from the Joint Commission in the areas of advanced inpatient diabetes, total hip and total knee replacement, heart failure and sepsis. Learn more at

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