Perched on the hilltop of Mt. Auburn, The Christ Hospital oversees the health of ailing residents throughout Greater Cincinnati. Along with the flagship 555-bed hospital, the organization operates about 100 outpatient and physician practice locations throughout the area. The Christ Hospital offers specialized care in a variety of fields, including cardiac care, cancer treatment, kidney transplantation, spine treatment, and orthopaedics. The not-for-profit hospital also provides an internal medicine residency program, a family medicine residency program, and a school of nursing. Christ Hospital conducts research through its Lindner Clinical Trial Center.
Physicians at the center have participated in more than 1,000 clinical research trials in obesity, diabetes, adult stem cell protocols, and congestive heart failure, among a range of other therapeutic specialties.
The hospital works with the Ohio Heart & Vascular Center to provide comprehensive heart care to Cincinnati and the surrounding region. As part of the affiliation, Christ Hospital owns some assets related to the Ohio Heart & Vascular Center and employs its physicians and other staff. The agreement allows the two to make use of each other's resources and to better serve heart patients in rural areas.
In 2012 The Christ Hospital announced plans to expand its main campus at Mt. Auburn in a major $265 million initiative that will include a new orthopaedic and spine center with connectors to its existing buildings, a parking garage, and a materials management building. The project is expected to be completed by mid-2015.
The hospital expanded its outpatient capabilities in 2012 by opening its newly constructed The Christ Hospital Outpatient Center in Green Township and by adding a new center in Fort Wright, Kentucky. The Green Township center is home to physician practices in cardiology, OB-GYN, internal, and family medicine. It also offers physical and occupational therapy, laboratory services and diagnostic testing services, including digital X-ray, ultrasound, echocardiogram, and vascular screening. The Fort Wright center offers cardiovascular care and screening services, family medicine, diagnostic imaging (X-ray, screening mammography, and general ultrasound), and wound healing, obstetrics and gynecology, and lab services.
Along with expanding via new construction, The Christ Hospital grows its outpatient locations by acquiring local physician practices in a range of specialties. The system was particularly focused on increasing its orthopaedic and urogynecological holdings during 2010, while acquisitions in 2011 and 2012 include a breast surgery practice, a family medicine center, a hematology-oncology group, and an internal medicine practice.
The Christ Hospital was founded in 1889. At one time it was a part of UC Health, a health care organization based in Ohio, until the two ended their affiliation following a years-long court battle. It began operating independently again in 2008. – less