It’s tempting to pigeonhole our community hospitals. Older Cincinnatians may still think of Good Samaritan as only the place for bringing babies into the world, or Christ and Bethesda North as just heart hospitals.

But as healthcare becomes more complex and stratified, so has the hospital industry in Greater Cincinnati. Each one is investing in specialties — both to fill patient needs and to secure market share. The Vascular Center at Bethesda North, for example, has become a leader in diagnosing and treating abdominal aortic aneurysm, which kills thousands of Americans yearly. Deaconess Hospital is making strides with bariatric programs — a specialty few people ever heard of 10 years ago, but growing in importance as obesity rates rise.

The following pages provide a sampling of how some Tristate hospitals are finding new ways to excel in the healthcare services they deliver.