Physicians express concern after TriHealth ends cardiac surgery at Ohio hospital

Cincinnati-based TriHealth announced its intent to close Good Samaritan Hospital's cardiac surgery program in January. However, the move has drawn criticism and concern from physicians at the hospital, Cincinnati.com reports.

Three things to know:

1. In its announcement, TriHealth said all open-heart procedures will be done at the system's facility in Montgomery, Ohio, roughly 15 miles away from Good Samaritan Hospital.

2. While officials said the change stemmed from larger economic pressures, longtime physicians said the decision is troubling, and a group of physicians petitioned TriHealth's trustees in December to stop the move.

"Closing down [cardiac surgery at] Good Sam was a huge mistake, for lots and lots of reasons," a longtime physician with Good Samaritan who resigned over the move told Cincinnati.com.

3. TriHealth President and CEO Mark Clement told Cincinnati.com that the hospital will not close, and that he appreciates the physicians' concern over the decision to end cardiac surgery at the hospital.

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