CRMC innovates for all stages of life

COOKEVILLE — Innovation and technology are key components of delivering quality healthcare, and Cookeville Regional Medical Center excels at that.

As people get older, their hearts and joints need more attention. Our team of award-winning surgeons are here to help. 

“We are constantly innovating and bringing in the best trained staff and surgeons to serve the medical needs of those in the region,” said Paul Korth, CRMC CEO.

CRMC’s heart program looks at the whole heart. From diagnosing issues to surgery to recovery, your whole heart is taken care of. 

“Our medical staff is highly skilled in what we do,” said Dr. Mariano Battaglia, cardiologist with Tennessee Heart. “We don’t just learn the trade, we master it and pioneer it.”

Part of being an accredited chest pain center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention), there is a new Cardiology Clinical Decision Unit that streamlines possible cardiac patients. 

By visiting this unit, patients can get tested in a quicker amount of time, which ensures they get treatment quicker – if needed. 

Time is muscle, after all.

There are 24 hour emergency cardiac services with cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, specially-trained anesthesiologists, experts in profusion, specially-trained nursing staff and other support staff always on call and working together as a highly skilled and committed team.

In the event open heart surgery is needed, those services are available. And following any open heart surgery, recovery is just as important. Cardiac rehabilitation is on site to give patients the best recovery possible.

The structural heart program at CRMC is the only one of its kind in the region, with a team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and dedicated clinical support staff specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the valves and other vital structures of the heart. 

CRMC is also home to the area’s only electrophysiology lab, where cardiac mapping, cardioversion, radio frequency catheter ablation, cryoablation, ICD implantation, pacemaker insertion, defibrillator threshold testing and transesophageal echocardiogram to treat heart arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and other rhythm disturbances. 

When you need a joint replacement or other orthopedic surgery, CRMC’s orthopedic surgeons, who have years of experience, can help. 

All orthopedic surgeons are certified in general orthopedics, but all have special interests in different areas, including adult reconstruction of the hips and knees, sports medicine and adult reconstructive surgery, less-invasive and arthroscopic surgery, fracture care, total ankle replacements, hind-foot and ankle reconstruction, foot and ankle trauma, sports injuries, Charcot reconstruction ankle arthroscopy, adult and pediatric flatfoot reconstruction, forefoot reconstruction and minimally invasive surgery.

For knee replacements, CRMC has the Cori orthopedic robotic surgery system, which gives the surgeon better outcomes with more precision and a faster recovery for the patients.

There are also multiple neurosurgery options available. Neurosurgery involves surgery of the brain and spinal cord, such as spinal fusions and disc decompressions.

CRMC is also a Primary Stroke Center through the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. When a patient comes in presenting symptoms of a stroke, a Code STROKE is implemented which gets the patient diagnosed quickly and treated quickly.

“With stroke being the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S., we know this is a need for our community and we want to educate the community on how important it is to recognize the signs and seek treatment immediately if they think they are having a stroke,” said Dr. Mark Tedford, neurohospitalist at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. 

“Strokes affect people of all ages. We have seen strokes in teenagers up to people in their 90s right here at CRMC and it can be devastating for that patient and their family.”

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