Premier Health & The Christ Hospital Health Network Announce Partnership in Cardiovascular Care

Collaboration Will Expand Local Access to Highly Specialized Care

DAYTON and CINCINNATI (June 21, 2023) – The Christ Hospital Health Network and Premier Health announce an innovative collaborative partnership that will enable more patients in the region access to highly specialized cardiovascular care close to home through joint efforts of leading experts at both organizations.

The partnership, which is effective July 1, 2023, will focus on specialized treatments for complex cardiovascular diseases providing clinicians, patients and families with a more seamless experience across the continuity of care.

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

“Premier Health is resolute in its commitment to improving the health of the communities we serve with others – in this case with an outstanding heart program at The Christ Hospital Health Network,” said Michael C. Riordan, President and CEO of Premier Health. “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.”

The collaboration between The Christ Hospital Health Network and Premier Health 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, chief clinical officer of Premier Health. “Both of these heart programs are widely respected and have traditions of innovation, and this partnership builds upon that track record of clinical excellence.”

“By working with our colleagues at Premier Health, we will provide unprecedented continuity of care for all patients from the moment they arrive,” Dean Kereiakes, MD, FACC, MSCAI, President of The Christ Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute. “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.”

(Pictured Left to Right: Robert Bulow, DO, Service Line Executive Leader for Cardiovascular Service Line at Premier Health; Mouhamad Abdallah, MD, Medical Director for Cardiac Cath Lab at Atrium Medical Center; Robert Dowling, MD, Surgical Director of The Christ Hospital Health Network Heart Transplant Program; Dean Kereiakes, MD, President of The Christ Hospital Health Network Heart & Vascular Institute; Amit Goyal, MD, Chair of the Premier Cardiology Institute; Thomas O’Brien, MD, Medical Director of The Christ Hospital Health Network Heart and Vascular Institute)

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