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

Jan 24, 2019
For eighteen years, first as President starting in 2000 and subsequently as President and CEO in 2006, I have had the pleasure, honor, and privilege of leading a team of over five thousand dedicated professionals at NCH. I am sharing some thoughts as I begin a new chapter in my life.

NCH’s accomplishments are in many ways remarkable and certainly were not anticipated when I transitioned from a twenty-three-year successful private practice in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, and Geriatrics to administration.   

 

My first presentation to the NCH Board focused on quality, operational efficiency, and fiscal responsibility.  As I look at NCH’s current state, I congratulate NCH on having CMS’s 5 star status, U.S. News and World Report’s “Best in the Region” and 11th in Florida, and Moody’s “A1” along with Fitch’s “AA” ratings.  Our community is the healthiest and happiest metropolitan statistical area for three consecutive years as ranked by Gallup-Sharecare, with a growing life expectancy that is six years longer than the average—the longest in America.

 

As the result of teamwork, competence, compassion, and enduring patient-centered care, we have had an amazing run with all of our projects, some of which are:

 


Save-a-Heart Program

Save-a-Brain Program

Reduced cardiac and stroke mortality

System-wide computerization, recognized as top

   with HIMSS and Most Wired Award many times

Hospitalists starting in 2000

Sale of Diagnostic Services Incorporated

Outsourcing ER management to TEAM HEALTH

Building North Naples Tower

Preventing the sale of NCH to HMA

Starting the NCH Heart Institute

Starting the NCH Physicians Group

Mayo Clinic Affiliation, 1st in FL & 7th in the nation

Birth Place—doubled in size

Palliative Care Service

Fortress balance sheet

Clean annual financial audits

Blue Zones Project

Renovated North Naples ER

New Robert, Mariann, and Megan Pediatrics ER,

   Pediatrics Unit, and Peds surgery

Renovated Neonatal ICU & on-site neonatologists

Two free standing ERs—Northeast and Bonita

Leadership roles at FHA and AHA

Graduate Medical Education affiliated with Mayo

Five new cath labs

22-bed new ICU on Baker Campus

Renovated peri-operative area and ORs on Baker

Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition

Briggs Wellness Center

Brookdale Center for Rehab and Aging

Geriatric Consultative Service

Always open during man-made and natural disasters

Joint Commission in- and out-patient validation


 

I extend sincere gratitude to the thousands of dedicated NCH nurses, care-givers, support staff, medical staff, Board members, and other colleagues with whom I have worked.  The above accomplishments are credits to these incredible people who have the grit, determination, and focus on what is best for the residents of our diverse county.  I have often shared, “When you do the right thing often enough, you get the right result.”

 

NCH is at an all-time high.  As I close this last Straight Talk, my fondest hope for NCH, our community, and those I have helped to serve is longer, happier, and healthier lives for all. 

 

AUTHOR

Allen S. Weiss, M.D.

President and CEO

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