NCH Healthcare System

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NCH Healthcare System

The NCH Healthcare System is a not-for-profit, multi-facility healthcare system located in Naples, Florida, United States. The anchor of the system is the two hospitals (referred to as the NCH Healthcare System - Downtown Naples Hospital Campus, and the NCH Healthcare System - North Naples Hospital Campus) with a total of 681 beds. The system operates walk-in centers and outpatient rehabilitation facilities in Naples, North Naples, Marco Island, and Bonita Springs. Naples Diagnostic Imaging Center is an affiliate of the system. The system had 32,746 admissions, 89,189 emergency room visits, 4,291 births, 477 open heart surgeries, 9,493 Wellness members, 566 community physicians, and 3,200 employee colleagues.

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On March 7, 1956, Naples Memorial Hospital began serving the residents and visitors of the greater Naples area with 50 beds in its first building. In 1966, the hospital added 50 more beds, an emergency room and several specialized departments. Later that decade, several more departments were added including an Intensive Care Unit. The hospital expanded the original building in 1970 to six stories and began construction on a new, two-story building next door. This building was later expanded to six stories and was dubbed the "South Tower" while the first tower was called the "North Tower". Construction on the Downtown Naples facility continued in the 1980s and on October 15, 1984, The North Collier Health Center opened its doors. This facility was opened as a satellite facility of the main hospital. Shortly after, on February 4, 1985, another satellite facility, which included a helipad, was opened on Marco Island.

In January 1990, North Collier Hospital (now known as NCH Healthcare System - North Naples) was opened with 50 beds at its current location on Immokalee Road in North Naples. The healthcare system as well as the local population continued to grow during this decade. In February 2007, the system expanded once again with the opening of the $64 million Jay & Patty Baker Patient Care Tower at the North Naples hospital.

The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging, located on the North Naples Hospital campus is an acute care unit for frail elderly that incorporates care specialized for this population. The multidisciplinary model of inpatient care is geared to avoid complications and return elderly patients to their level of baseline function prior to hospitalization through attention to individualized care, family involvement, lower staffing rations, care protocols, and the unit’s specialized physical design.

Recent Awards[edit]

In addition to earning commendation from the Joint Commission (JCAHO), the healthcare system has recently received awards from HealthGrades, Thomson Reuters, National Research Corporation, and Greystone.net.[5]

Since 2003, NCH has been recognized by HealthGrades for Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Clinical Excellence. This year, NCH has been recognized as the busiest total hip and knee replacement hospital in Florida and 4th busiest in the nation according to Medicare data.

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