February 18, 2014
Vital signs healthy for region's health care industry
Bernard Lenchitz, MD, FACP from UC Health leads last week’s ribbon-cutting event for UC Health’s Primary Care Downtown location. Dr. Lenchitz will head the practice.
Not only is our region's medical industry healthy, it's thriving, based on several recent reports.
According to a study released earlier this month by Livability.com, Cincinnati was ranked 73rd of the 100 best cities to live in the United States, the only city ranked in our part of the Midwest. While the ranking was created based on many factors, in the health care category alone, Cincinnati ranked second in the nation. In fact, Cincinnati's health care score was 30 points higher than the average health care score of all 100 cities in the ranking.
The variables measured for the health care component focus on access to care and affordability of care. According to the study, "the cities that performed best on this list encourage healthy living by their very structure, as well as the presence of great, affordable care options."
"With Greater Cincinnati's unique array of programs and collaborative stakeholders working together to achieve better care, better health, at lower cost, it's no surprise the Queen City scored as high as it did in the health care component," said Craig Brammer, CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, The Health Collaborative, and Health Bridge, whose collective vision is to make health and health care a competitive advantage for Greater Cincinnati and other communities they serve. View the complete list of Livability rankings
The ranking comes on the heels of Cincinnati Children's Hospital again dominating the nationwide rankings this year for pediatric care. More about Cincinnati Children's Hospital rankings
There are more positive signs in our region. UC Health last week expanded their primary care services to Downtown Cincinnati with the opening of a medical office on Fountain Square. Located in the US Bank Tower at 425 Walnut Street, the facility now means UC Health has more than 75 primary care providers at 15 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In addition, medical office buildings in Columbia Township and Florence, Ky., will open this summer.
"Diagnosis and treatment for the entire family begins with primary care, and demand from primary care physicians has never been higher," says Myles Pensak, MD, CEO of UC Health University of Cincinnati Physicians. "UC Health is committed to serving our region's growing need for primary care providers and we are positioning those providers where it makes the most sense for our community. Cincinnati has a vibrant and growing downtown. By adding this central location, UC Health is able to offer easier access to primary care to those who live and work in Cincinnati's downtown core," Pensak added.
The growth in regional health care industry is here to stay, according to a recent article in Business Xpansion magazine. In the article, Adam Singer, Director of the Cincinnati USA Regional Partnership's BioHealth Cluster is quoted extensively about what our region is doing, and what to expect next. Read the article