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Vanderbilt Heart expands presence in Columbia

May 2, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Through a successful partnership with Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC), Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute has provided cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at MRMC since 2007. Effective May 1, the relationship will expand to include interventional and non-interventional cardiology services as the physicians of South Central Heart Group become Vanderbilt Heart–Columbia.

South Central Heart Group cardiologists, Fathi Ali, M.D., Jacques Heibig, M.D., Kevin Maquiling, M.D., Daniel Skarzynski, M.D., and Janice Vinson, M.D., will continue to deliver clinical care to MRMC patients and conduct their procedures in the MRMC cardiac catheterization labs. Physicians and patients will benefit from the best practices employed throughout Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, including subspecialty clinics for conditions such as advanced heart failure and their strengths in research.

“We are pleased to work together with Maury Regional and this outstanding group of physicians in their mission to serve heart patients. The physician office will remain on their campus and we have plans to recruit additional cardiologists as this practice continues to grow,” said Keith Churchwell, M.D., chief executive officer, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.

South Central Heart Group currently operates part-time satellite clinics in Lewisburg, Pulaski, Lawrenceburg and Hohenwald. As Vanderbilt Heart–Columbia, the practice will continue to serve these communities and examine the possibility of expanding into additional locations within the region.

“With Vanderbilt already providing cardiovascular surgical services, we felt this was a logical transition and the cardiologists agreed. Our relationship with Vanderbilt has proven to be successful for both organizations and more importantly has benefitted the residents of southern Middle Tennessee by providing a level of cardiac care not previously available,” said MRMC CEO Robert Otwell.

About Maury Regional Medical Center:
Maury Regional Medical Center is a 275-bed facility that serves more than 260,000 people in southern Middle Tennessee and has a medical staff of more than 185 physicians. From a comprehensive interventional and surgical heart program with chest pain center accreditation to a neonatal intensive care and cancer center, the medical center offers a wide range of advanced services. In the past three years, the medical center has been recognized as a 100 Top Hospital, Top 50 Health System, Premier Award for Quality winner and Excellence Award winner by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence. For more information, visit

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