|Naples Community Hospital Named a Best Regional Hospital|
Naples Community Hospital Named a Best Regional Hospital
By Kelly Merritt
The year 2012 has been a banner one for Naples Community Hospital: U.S. News & World Report, one of the world’s most trusted news organizations, heralded NCH as a “Best Regional Hospital”—one of 247 high-performing hospitals outside major metropolitan areas.
The designation was the first for NCH in the report’s nearly two dozen years of rankings, which are published annually.
“For the past 10 years, we have worked hard to make ‘quality’ the hallmark of NCH Healthcare System,” said NCH President and Chief Executive Officer Allen Weiss, M.D. “Over that time, our community and our county have been designated as one of the ‘healthiest’ in all of Florida.”
Along with the overall distinction of Best Regional Hospital, NCH was singled out to receive accolades for orthopedics; geriatrics; gastroenterology and ear, nose and throat.
U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow said that hospitals like Naples Community Hospital offer a high level of medical care to communities that otherwise might have limited options.
“All Best Regional Hospitals are what we call ‘high performers’ in at least one medical specialty,” Comarow said. “They are fully capable of providing first-rate care, even to most patients who have serious conditions or need demanding procedures.”
Dr. Weiss agreed. He said this recognition, which is awarded by national, independent organizations, is a hallmark of excellence— in physicians, staff, board members and volunteers throughout the NCH Healthcare System.
“We’d like to think the high level of care and service we deliver is one reason for our county receiving that distinction,” he said.
Although being named Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report is something to sing about, NCH Healthcare System is more than just a hospital.
It encompasses two hospitals: NCH Downtown Naples Hospital and NCH North Naples Hospital with a total of 715 patient beds. NCH has an alliance of 650 physicians working in multiple medical facilities in a variety of locations throughout Collier and other counties throughout Southwest Florida.
The NCH Healthcare System offers far-reaching services. Beyond inpatient hospital services, NCH meets medical, surgical, cardiac, orthopedic, obstetric, pediatric, rehabilitative, psychiatric, oncology, emergency treatment and diagnostic needs for thousands of patients. The NCH outpatient offerings include rehabilitation, home care, walk-in centers and wound healing, among others.
More than 5,000 hospitals fall under the umbrella of hospitals that U.S. News evaluates each year in 16 different medical specialties. The exhaustive judging criteria include death rates, patient safety, procedure volume and additional objective data.
The analysis also includes physician response to a national survey. In the survey, specialists must name hospitals considered to be the best in their respective areas for cases that are challenging. That information is also factored into the eventual naming of Best Hospitals.
“The confirmation of that level of quality by respected and objective third parties, particularly U.S. News & World Report, helps prove that we must be doing something right,” Dr. Weiss said.
|For more information on the NCH Healthcare System, visit www.nchmd.org.