The Christ Hospital Health Network Named Top 50 in the Nation

Submitted by Bo McMillan


Study shows The Christ Hospital sets the bar for other heart programs nationally


November 9, 2017 – The Christ Hospital Health Network was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by IBM Watson Health. The study identifies hospitals that achieve superior clinical outcomes. This is the 14th consecutive year the hospital has earned this recognition.

The annual study, conducted by Truven Health Analytics, now part of IBM Watson Health, identifies the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services. The study uses a balanced national scorecard of hospital performance metrics to identify the highest performing cardiovascular service lines in the nation.

Recognized as “Greater Cincinnati’s Heart Hospitalâ„ ”, The Christ Hospital offers the most advanced and experienced cardiovascular care in the region. Thousands of patients each year benefit from access to clinical programs dedicated to treating heart failure, heart valve disease, cardiac rhythm issues, difficult-to-manage hypertension, cardiac surgery, vascular disease and general heart disease management. Highly-focused programs provide unique treatments to patients who were previously left without treatment options, such as minimally-invasive aortic valve replacement to treat severe heart valve disease and ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation for end-stage heart failure.

"We are honored to be named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, and are proud to continue Christ Hospital's long tradition of clinical excellence," said Eugene Chung, service line executive medical director of The Christ Hospital Heart & Vascular Center. “This honor is well-deserved by our exceptional team of physicians, nurses and staff.”

The Christ Hospital is at the forefront of innovative cardiovascular care provided by multidisciplinary teams focused on the treatment of specific conditions. This specialized approach provides a platform to improve care and develop innovative treatments, such as new minimally invasive procedures to replace traditional complex surgeries. Our clinical teams are transforming care to provide better treatment options, safer techniques and faster recoveries for our patients. The Christ Hospital and The Lindner Research Center have introduced most of the new techniques in cardiovascular medicine, in the region, over the past 20 years. 

The IBM Watson Health study analyzes Medicare and Medicaid data to determine the 50 top U.S. hospitals for heart care. The study, and subsequent analysis of the positive variances these leading cardiovascular service hospitals show, indicate an opportunity for a broader national impact for cardiovascular patients, should these results be replicated. In fact, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of The Christ Hospital and other top 50 hospitals:

  • Nearly 8,900 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 3,700 more bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free
  • More than $1.4 billion could be saved

To learn more about the heart services at The Christ Hospital, visit /heart or call 513-585-1000 to find a physician. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

About The Christ Hospital Health Network: The Christ Hospital Health Network is an acute care hospital located in Mt. Auburn with six ambulatory centers and dozens of offices conveniently located throughout the region. More than 1,200 talented physicians and 5,800 dedicated employees support the Network. Its mission is to improve the health of the community and to create patient value by providing exceptional outcomes, the finest experiences, all in an affordable way. The Network has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as the 24th best large employer in the nation in the magazine’s “America’s 500 Best Large Employers” listing and by National Consumer Research as the region’s “Most Preferred Hospital” for 21 consecutive years. The Network is dedicated to transforming care by delivering integrated, personalized healthcare through its comprehensive, multi-specialty physician network. The Christ Hospital is among only six percent of hospitals in the nation to be awarded “Magnet” recognition for nursing excellence and among the top five percent of hospitals in the country for patient satisfaction. For more than 125 years, The Christ Hospital has provided compassionate care to those it serves. 

About the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals Report and the 100 Top Hospitals Program: The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is available at It is published once a year in November. Hospitals may also request customized benchmark reports and comparative analysis on the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by contacting (616) 248-4645 or visiting

Since 1993, the Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals program has used independent and objective research to guide hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor, or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for under clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. Visit for more information.