Premier Health teams up with Cincinnati hospital to expand heart care

DAYTON & CINCINNATI — Premier Health and The Christ Hospital Health Network are creating a partnership to bring highly specialized heart care to more people in the Miami Valley and Southwest Ohio.

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The partnership will focus on specialized treatments for complex cardiovascular diseases providing clinicians, patients and families with a more seamless experience across the continuity of care, according to an announcement made Wednesday from The Christ Hospital Health Network, which is based in Cincinnati.

“This partnership exemplifies the mission of both organizations to improve the health of the communities that we serve,” Debbie Hayes, president and CEO of The Christ Hospital Health Network, said in a prepared statement.

“We are excited by the opportunity to collaborate with Premier Health enabling both organizations to explore creative ways to bring valuable and scarce resources to the patients and families that we serve in a fiscally responsible manner,” she said.

“The combined efforts of expert heart and vascular clinicians from both teams will strengthen the cardiovascular capabilities offered in these neighborhoods and ensure convenient access to leading-edge technology and comprehensive treatment plans. Expanding services to this area is a shining example of how health care organizations can work together to tackle the challenges facing our communities.”

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Premier Health President and CEO Michael C. Riordan said, “This collaboration lays the foundation for what we anticipate will be a long-term, world-class combined heart and vascular program that gives residents of Southwest Ohio confidence that they can get the best heart care closer to home.”

Premier Health is based in Dayton. The collaboration also allows the two health systems to enhance the availability of heart and vascular services within existing facilities while limiting the need for additional building, ensuring responsible stewardship of health care resources.

“This innovative collaboration is the broadest partnership yet for both health systems, and the real winner is the patient, who will now have a range of stellar heart care options close at hand,” said Keith Bricking, MD, Premier Health chief clinical officer. “Both of these heart programs are widely respected and have traditions of innovation, and this partnership builds upon that track record of clinical excellence.”

Dean Kereiakes, MD, FACC, MSCAI, president of The Christ Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute, said the partnership will provide “unprecedented continuity of care.”

“Our highly skilled cardiovascular specialists will provide leading edge treatments, technologies and expertise as well as access to the latest in clinical trials through The Carl and Edyth Lindner Center for Research as another resource in their cardiac care,” Kereiakes said.

The partnership takes effect July 1, 2023.