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News Room: COMMUNITY RECORDER: St. E's snatches top spot for health care

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Community Recorder
By: Libby Cunningham

EDGEWOOD — St. Elizabeth Healthcare is again named one of the best hospital systems in the United States, a distinction running seven years strong with officials hinting it’s only getting bigger from here.

Healthgrades included St. Elizabeth in its America’s 50 Best Hospitals rankings this year and John Dubis, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, says it’s because of the care the system offers.

“What it demonstrates and affirms is that the quality of care here is really superior to most places in the nation,” Dubis explained.

Dubis would know. He’s worked in hospitals in Chicago and his hometown of St. Louis, but says St. Elizabeth is the best.

“This place is even better than the other organizations I’ve worked with in terms of the continuous and clinical outcomes,” he said.

St. Elizabeth is seeing more growth and has invested more than $250 million in itself over the last four years.

Although the system isn’t based in Cincinnati, some may not realize that it’s the second largest health care system in the region, said Sandra Sims, director of marketing, public relations and corporate communications.

The system’s Covington location is seeing an increase of patients from Ohio, while many Kentuckians are opting to stay in-state for treatments.

“Those kinds of things say to the population ‘They’re doing a great job, why do we need to go anywhere else?’” Dubis said. “So they stay on this side of the river.”

Later this year St. Elizabeth plans to break ground on a $30 million Heart and Vascular Institute and will work on a series of 13 health sponsorships including the Heart Mini-Marathon in March.

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