NCH Downtown Naples Hospital
Named for Jay and Patty Baker

Couple Makes Significant Gift, Adding to Years of Philanthropic Support

(Naples, FL) January 16, 2016 In recognition of a recent eight-figure gift and previous financial contributions to NCH Healthcare System (NCH) over many years, NCH announced today it has renamed the Downtown Hospital the NCH Baker Hospital. Jay and Patty Baker, longtime residents of Naples, have been a positive force for many local organizations. Jay Baker had a successful career in retail management, most recently serving as president of Kohl’s Corp. in Menomonee Falls, Wis. (Milwaukee), from 1986 until his retirement in 2000. Patty Baker is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer. Both remain active on a number of boards locally and around the country.

The announcement was made public at a special brunch at NCH on Saturday, attended by 150 friends and supporters of NCH.

“We are indebted to Jay and Patty Baker for their years of financial support and commitment to NCH,” said Allen Weiss, M.D., President and CEO of NCH Healthcare System. “The Bakers have long been gracious and generous friends of the only nonprofit health system in Collier County. With their cumulative gifts of more than $23 million, they clearly understand and support the need to provide quality, accessible healthcare in the community. In recognition for and to honor their significant financial commitments to NCH, we are pleased to name our Downtown Hospital for them.”

Jay and Patty Baker have a long history of support of many organizations. “We are proud to support and allow our names on things we care so much about,” said Jay. “For years, I served on the NCH Healthcare System Board of Trustees and I saw first-hand the commitment being made to ensuring access to quality healthcare for everyone in need. We know NCH must not only provide the very best care today, but must be poised to create and maintain programs and services to meet growing and changing needs. Truly, NCH is OUR Hospital.”

Patty added, “We carefully evaluate where our gifts can have the greatest impact and NCH is an important asset and treasure in our community. No one can doubt that healthcare is one of the most valued services: We hope we don’t need it but when we do, we want it to be the very best it can be. I feel strongly that NCH will continue its track record of using our gifts—and those of all donors—in the most effective and efficient manner possible. At the same time, our most recent gift will allow NCH to elevate key programs in surgical services, geriatrics and palliative care.”

Mariann MacDonald, Chair of the NCH Healthcare System Board, also expressed her gratitude to the Bakers for their commitment to making sure NCH has the best facilities and staff to care for the growing number of residents and visitors to the area. “We are so appreciative of the gifts made by the Bakers to help NCH meet the healthcare needs of the region. Jay and Patty have been generous to so many organizations and we are thrilled to know that NCH is among their favorite beneficiaries. Their contributions have had a strong, positive impact on NCH and will continue to do so for many decades to come.”

Jim Martin, Chief Development Officer for NCH Healthcare System, noted NCH received a significant gift in 2007 from Jay and Patty Baker, which provided the seed funding to build the North Naples Hospital Tower, also named after the Bakers. At the 2011 NCH Magnolia Ball, the Bakers make a gift to support Oncology Services to name the OPIS Waiting Room at NCH North Naples Hospital in honor of both of their parents. “For many years, Jay and Patty have been making gifts, with very specific interests in mind,” said Martin. “They understand the many aspects of healthcare, especially geriatric and palliative care, and are willing to take the lead in funding to enhance and grow these much-needed programs. They are visionary and ready to commit to programs they know will benefit the short and long term needs of the community.”

Martin noted that the Bakers had shared that in all of their significant giving nationally, NCH is second in the scope of their philanthropy. “This is a source of pride for us,” said Martin. “On the other hand, we fully expect—because they are so generous to so many—that other organizations will surpass us on that list. That’s OK because they have proven their generosity in doing so much good, for so many people and organizations, and everyone wins.”

For more information about making a gift to NCH Healthcare Foundation, please call (239) 624-2000 or visit

About Jay and Patty Baker
Jay Baker had a successful career in retail management, most recently serving as president of Kohl’s Corp. in Menomonee Falls, Wis. (Milwaukee), from 1986 until his retirement in 2000. He is a 1956 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1999, he and Patty made an $11 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania for Wharton’s New Academic Center and Undergraduate Scholarships.

Patty Baker is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer. She is a graduate of Hunter College, where she currently serves on the foundation’s board of directors and is chair of the Theatre Advisory Board. She is a member of the Broadway League and voting Tony member, and also served as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Board of Trustees.

Their gifts and recognition are extensive. In 2015, in recognition of a $10 million gift to the Ichan School of Medicine, the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center at Mount Sinai in New York was given their name. They gave more than $10 million to the Fashion Institute of Technology, which endowed 40 scholarships. At the University of Pennsylvania, they started the “Baker’s Dozen” which provides scholarships to 13 undergraduate and graduate students. The Bakers have been enthusiastic supporters of the performing arts. Jay served as chair of the United Performing Arts Fund in Milwaukee and raised $10 million for Milwaukee various performing arts. He and Patty co-chaired the “Campaign to Create the Future” for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, raising more than $10 million. In recognition of their $3 million gift, the theater named the Patty and Jay Baker Theater Complex for them. Patty Baker is the creator and co-founder of the Patty and Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, located at Artis-Naples. In 2012, they received the Naples International Film Festival’s Voice of the Arts Award for their arts support, which included the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Naples Players.

About NCH Healthcare System
The NCH Healthcare System is a not-for-profit, multi-facility healthcare system located in Naples, Florida.  The System is more than just two hospitals (NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, and NCH North Naples Hospital) with a total of 716 beds. The NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of more than 650 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and Southwest Florida. The services offered by the NCH Healthcare System are extensive.  Inpatient services include:  medical, surgical, cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, oncology, emergency treatment, and diagnostics.  Outpatient services include:  rehabilitation, home care, walk-in centers, wound healing, and more. Last year the system had 36,300 admissions, 93,600 emergency room visits, 3,400 births, 453 open heart surgeries and 11,600 surgical procedures. The system has 3,900 employees and 1,100 volunteers. NCH is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. For more information, visit

Contact: Julie Pedretti
NCH Healthcare Foundation
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