Straight Talk
A weekly update from management on the issues that matter most.


Straight Talk by Dr. Weiss
  • On December 28th the Naples Daily News published the following Op-ed written by Deb Logan and me: Citizens in Southwest Florida have the longest expectancy in America. While this statistic is wonderful, paradoxically, we are living in a nation in which the average lifespan has just decreased. Locally we are exemplary; nationally we are not.
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  • Having pediatric care close to home literally saves children’s lives. On a recent evening, the care givers in the Robert, Mariann & Megan MacDonald Pediatric ER on the NCH North Naples Campus did save a four-year old’s life as recounted by Pediatric Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Pia Myers:
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  • For the past decade the first Straight Talk of the year shares predictions which are then evaluated in the year’s last issue. Today’s potentially ambiguous national change in direction makes the forecast somewhat cloudy and cold even though we live in sunny and warm Southwest Florida.
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  • As has been my custom for the past decade, in the last issue of Straight Talk for the year, I grade for accuracy the predictions which I made in the year’s first issue. Well, today’s the day. Granted, I’m both the predictor and the grader, but really we did okay this year even in a time of great uncertainty and unprecedented change.
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  • “Giving thanks for health and healthcare progress this holiday season,” is the title of a recent Modern Healthcare column that is relevant for our system, community, and country. Although there is uncertainty going forward, we should celebrate success because positive feedback is so important and too rare in today’s society.
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