Emerging as a National Leader in Bundled Medical Services




Across the nation, the concept of Centers of Excellence is fast becoming the norm, especially in the Greater Cincinnati area. During the past two years, The Christ Hospital has partnered with more than 100 local and national employers on a range of COE programs, surpassing all other healthcare networks.  

In 2015, The Christ Hospital began to emerge as a national leader in designing, implementing and managing bundled medical services through unique Center of Excellence agreements. The program allows employers to contract directly with The Christ Hospital for specific procedures at a fixed price. Employers reap benefits as these bundles help manage and control costs by partnering with high-quality facilities that have proven outcomes. Employees love the hands-on concierge approach and consolidated billing, as well as faster access to nationally acclaimed providers.

The foundation of the program to date has been The Christ Hospital’s Joint & Spine Center, which opened in fall 2015 and is located adjacent to the main hospital campus in Mount Auburn. The Joint & Spine Center features spacious private inpatient rooms, designed with large windows allowing sunlight to promote healing. It also includes state-of-the-art operating rooms, physical, occupational and speech therapy services, interventional pain management services, advanced imaging services, electrodiagnostics and conference and education facilities. The design of the Joint & Spine Center has been recognized as one of the most architecturally significant in the nation and is the only building in the Midwest to win the 2017 National Healthcare Design Award of the American Institute of Architects.

“Providing the best outcomes and an exceptional patient experience in an affordable way is key,” says Tim Cappel, The Christ Hospital’s executive director of population health management. “Employers seeking effective cost containment strategies recognize the value of the fixed and competitive price the Center of Excellence offers for the procedure.  Our success in joint and spine COE offerings has led to new offerings in woman’s, heart and other specialty lines.” 

The exceptional outcomes delivered by the COE program have attracted companies and patients from across the nation.   

“We are honored to welcome these companies to the list of nationally known and respected employers to take advantage of the outstanding healthcare offered through our Center of Excellence program,” says Herb Calliouet, executive director of the Joint & Spine Center. “Our Joint & Spine Center has become a destination for those individuals seeking the best in musculoskeletal care. In fact, the Joint & Spine Center is one of a kind in the region and one of only a few nationally.”

The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center is located at 2139
Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219. For more information, call 513.557.4900 or visit thechristhospital.com/JSC.