Maury Regional Medical Center distinguished as ‘Best for Babies’


COLUMBIA, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Health and the Tennessee Hospital Association recognized Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) as one of 10 birthing hospitals in the state to receive the “BEST for Babies” award designation for efforts to reduce infant deaths in 2022. This is the fourth consecutive year the medical center has earned this designation.

Since 2014, the Tennessee Department of Health has partnered with state birthing hospitals to promote safe sleep for infants and to help give Tennessee babies a great start to life. The “BEST” award is an acronym for: breastfeeding, early elective delivery reduction and safe sleep for Tennessee babies. To receive the award designation, recognized hospitals must meet criteria established by the Tennessee Department of Health, including implementing breastfeeding safety and education initiatives, reducing early elective deliveries and promoting safe sleeping practices to reduce infant deaths.

“This recognition comes because of the fantastic work being done in our Mother/Baby Unit at Maury Regional Medical Center,” said Maury Regional Health CEO Martin Chaney, MD. “They do a great job of ensuring that babies delivered at our hospital start off with the best possible care. To receive this designation four consecutive years is an accomplishment we’re quite proud of.”

In addition to its recognition as a “BEST for Babies” hospital, MRMC is designated as a Baby-Friendly birthing facility by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for efforts to provide breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence and skills needed to initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies successfully.

MRMC offers an entire floor dedicated to childbirth and gynecological care as well as nine specialists in obstetrics and gynecology on the medical staff. Additional childbirth services at Maury Regional Medical Center include a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), breastfeeding support, newborn care and expectant parent education. Learn more at

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