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


Straight Talk by Dr. Weiss
  • In less than a month, NCH became fully engaged in teaching and learning as twelve medical residents and two pharmacy residents joined the team after literally a decade of planning and preparation. Our goal was to become a teaching institution, thereby improving quality and training physicians, some of whom might stay and care for all of us. And with the help of our Mayo affiliation, the change came faster than I or anyone ever expected.
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  • Over the past sixty-two years we have come a very long way in caring for patients due to the hard work, competence, and compassion of our colleagues, who together make our community the envy of our nation. We have had some amazing success in lowering mortality from cardiac disease, stroke, and sepsis (blood infection); helping folks ambulate well with artificial joints (for years we have been the busiest total joint replacement hospital in Florida for Medicare patients); birthing 3,644 babies; caring for the vast majority of children’s needs close-to-home and around-the-clock; 111,436 emergency room visits; 38,999 admissions; 334,824 outpatient visits with the NCH Physician Group—just to share a few annual highlights.
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  • “We are wickedly bad at dealing with the implications of compound math,” said investor Jeremy Grantham, as quoted by Thomas Friedman in Thanks for Being Late. When applied to healthcare, this statement is monumentally impactful. Friedman’s most recent book is well worth reading for everyone from elected officials to novice futurists.
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  • NCH is now a teaching healthcare system as twelve Internal Medicine residents and two Pharmacy residents joined our team. The founders of a fifty-bed frontier hospital over sixty-two years ago would be pleased and surprised to learn that their endeavor evolved to a community—and now a teaching—institution. We have had nursing, medical, laboratory, and radiology students as well as residents from Mayo over the years leading up to our current monumental change in culture.
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  • NCH’s impact, like most hospitals and healthcare systems in our nation, is greater than anyone usually imagines. An Administrative Coordinator of North Naples Hospital, RN Melody Beaubien, reminded me one weekend morning while I was rounding, just how extensive our influence is, as she had received a compliment from a friend about our Grey Oaks clinic, one of our newer collaborations.
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