The NCH Healthcare System Joins Spirit of Women - Affiliation to Provide Valuable Service for Local Women and Families

September 16, 2010 (Naples, FL) – The NCH Healthcare System announces it has joined Spirit of Women, an integrated partnership of hospitals and healthcare systems across the country that aim to drive health action for women and their families. Spirit of Women enables the NCH Healthcare System to continue to focus on the specific needs of the local community while drawing on the strength and support of a national network.

“Spirit of Women is an exciting program which complements NCH's position as the regional leader in women's health education and community outreach for women and their families in Collier and South Lee Counties,” states Pat Read, NCH Administrative Director.

“Local women are invited to our kick-off event ”Girls Night Out” which takes place in the Telford Auditorium on the NCH Downtown Naples Hospital campus on October 14, 5 pm – 8 pm. The evening will be filled with entertainment and education with a focus on breast, bone and joint health as well as nutrition, and wellness,” adds Read.

As a Spirit of Women hospital, the NCH Healthcare System has committed itself to a comprehensive list of National Standards for Excellence in Women's Health. Because women make up to 85 percent of household healthcare decisions, the educational and motivational Spirit of Women efforts are expected to positively impact the well-being of the entire family and community as a whole.

Through Spirit of Women, the NCH Healthcare System plans to conduct a wide variety of events including educational and recreational activities, health screenings, workshops, mentoring opportunities and support groups that will reach women in all stages of their lives. Additionally, the annual Spirit of Women Awards program will offer the opportunity to recognize residents who exemplify Spirit in their community by balancing life's many demands, while still finding time to make a difference in the lives of others.

About NCH Healthcare System

The NCH Healthcare System is a not-for-profit multi-facility healthcare system located in Naples, Florida. The system includes two hospitals (NCH Healthcare System – Downtown Naples Hospital and NCH Healthcare System – North Naples Hospital) with a total of 681 beds collaborating with 630 physicians to care for more than 32,000 patients each year. Outpatient facilities include Walk-in Centers, Wellness Centers, Rehabilitation Centers, Wound Care Facilities, and Infusion Centers in Naples, North Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, and Estero. NCH's Emergency Departments and outpatient facilities had over 120,000 visits for the past two years. Caring for all ages in the communities it serves, NCH performs almost 500 open heart surgeries and 3,800 newborn deliveries each year. Visit for more information.

About Spirit of Women

The Spirit of Women Hospital Network is a national coalition that inspires health and wellness on a local level by leveraging national resources.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities in more than 85 U.S. communities create the core through which Spirit of Women reaches women and seeks to inspire access and action for better national health. Utilizing a variety of means, including educational events, national awards and promotion of research, Spirit of Women addresses health topics such as menopause, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, healthy pregnancy and many others. Visit for more information.