NCH Healthcare System Awarded Accreditation from Joint Commission

Naples, FL, July 31, 2006 – By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s national standards for health care quality and safety, the NCH Healthcare System has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.

“We sought accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patients safety and quality care,” says NCH Healthcare System Chief Executive Officer, Edward Morton. “We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence, ” Morton added.

“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care,” says Kurt Patton, executive director, Hospital Accreditation Program, Joint Commission. “The community should be proud that NCH Healthcare System is focusing on the most challenging goal – to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”

The award of accreditation is for a 3-year period ending July 2009.

About NCH Healthcare System

The NCH Healthcare System is one of the most progressive in the country. More than just two award-winning hospitals, the NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of 530 independent physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida. Not only does NCH offer advanced comprehensive care, the healthcare system embraces new, effective ideas in medical care and healing.

The services offered by the NCH Healthcare System are extensive. Inpatient services include: medical, surgical, cardiac, obstetric, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, oncology, emergency treatment, and diagnosis. Outpatient services include: rehabilitation, home care, walk-in centers, laboratory services and more.

The NCH Healthcare System has the distinction of having earned numerous national achievements. The most recent recognitions include:


  • Top 5 % in the nation for overall clinical excellence (2 consecutive years)
  • 2006 Specialty Excellence Award for Overall Cardiac Services
  • 2006 Specialty Excellence Award for Overall Stroke Care
  • 2006 Specialty Excellence Award for Overall Pulmonary Care
  • Top 5% in the nation for women’s health services


  • 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospital
  • 100 Top Performance Improvement Leader
  • Premier Award for Quality Winner (AMI)

About the Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 7,800 hospitals and home care organizations, and more that 7,300 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.