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Find World-Renowned Health Care in Northern Kentucky

Residents have plenty of excellent choices in this region just south of Cincinnati.

By Val Hunt Beerbower on February 10, 2022

VA Medical Center in Fort Thomas
Cincinnati VA Medical Media Department

Competent, innovative care – that’s what Northern Kentucky families can expect to receive from the area’s collection of providers. 

“There’s no better place to practice medicine,” says Dr. James Greenberg, executive co-director of the Perinatal Institute, professor of pediatrics, and the lead physician executive for the new Critical Care Building at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. “There’s a real culture of collaboration here that you don’t find in a lot of places. I don’t need permission to work with others; we didn’t need to jump through hoops. Multidisciplinary action stimulates novel ways to solve problems.” 

This spirit of collaboration can be seen in the health care facilities in Northern Kentucky and nearby Cincinnati. Ready to learn a little more about what is available to residents? 

University of Cincinnati Medical Center 

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center is home to the region’s only verified Adult Level I Trauma Center. Patients benefit from the full spectrum of trauma services, from the pre-hospital phase when they coordinate with emergency responders at the scene through the rehabilitation process and as patients adjust to limits caused by injury and are working toward returning to normal functioning. 

St. Elizabeth Hospital 

Several campuses of the St. Elizabeth’s hospital system deliver a range of services for Northern Kentucky residents. The Fort Thomas hospital is a high-performing general medical and surgical facility that is also home to Select Specialty Hospital- Northern Kentucky, a 33-bed, critical illness recovery hospital.

In Covington, St. Elizabeth offers emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, laboratory, ophthalmology, pathology, osteopathic manipulation treatment and physical therapy, among others. Plus, residents can access emergency, breast care, geriatrics, heart and vascular, imaging, intensive care, and lab and nutrition services at the Florence campus. 

The Cancer Center in Edgewood

One of the newest facilities in the St. Elizabeth family is the $100 million, 250,000-square-foot Cancer Center in Edgewood that opened in 2020. The center offers cancer detection, diagnosis and care — all under one roof. The facility includes counseling and support groups, a demonstration kitchen, a patient and family resource center, art and music therapy, massage, acupuncture, meditation, and other wellness programs. 

With an emphasis on precision medicine and genomic health, screening education and prevention, clinical research and advanced, innovative technology, the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center will provide a seamless experience for patients undergoing treatment. 

“As a cancer survivor myself, I know all too well how important it is to have a multidisciplinary approach to care,” says Dr. Doug Flora, executive director of oncology services at St. Elizabeth. “Everybody’s feeling the momentum here that we’re moving cancer treatment in a different direction than we’ve seen here in Kentucky.” 

VA Cincinnati Healthcare System 

Services are also available in the region for veterans in need of care. The VA Medical Center in Fort Thomas, a division of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, offers inpatient and outpatient care. Here, residents can access a variety of services, including acupuncture therapy, chiropractic care, post-traumatic stress disorder programs, domiciliary care and physical therapy. 

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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center 

Specialized care doesn’t stop at adults in the region. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers families a wide array of programs to treat illness as well as cutting-edge research capabilities. The center focuses on adolescent and transition medicine; allergy, asthma and immunology; anesthesiology and pain management; behavioral and mental health; blood diseases; and cancer. Plus, the center has a new facility dedicated to critical care and development disorders. 

“The Critical Care Building is designed to care for
our most complex and critically ill patients. These patients
often don’t have other options, particularly viable options.
Critical care is designed to meet those needs.” 

Dr. James Greenberg | Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

The eight-story, $600 million facility offers more than 60 treatment rooms and more than 240 private rooms, which are 50% larger and offer access to private bathrooms. The spaces reflect attitudes toward holistic and comprehensive wellness measures “to ensure families can accompany their children during their stay. Research even went into the facility’s lighting design. For example, the intensive care unit features a spectrally tuned circadian lighting system that Greenberg developed with ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Lang. 

“We developed a lighting system that re-creates daylight on a seasonal basis, so the length of the light can change with seasons,” Greenberg says. “There is a lot of clinical evidence in molecular and cellular biology that indicates light has an important, positive impact. It’s just one more way of incorporating discovery and innovation into patient care.” 

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