Hospital Ball

NCH Announces 62nd Annual Hospital Ball Celebration

This week NCH launched a 62-day celebration of the NCH Hospital Ball, beginning with a special tree-lighting event and culminating on Feb. 5 with a virtual event. The celebration is a unique alternative to the traditional Hospital Ball gathering, which was postponed this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hospital Ball had been scheduled for Nov. 7 at The Ritz-Carlton Naples.

"COVID-19 continues to change our lives and daily routines, including local traditions such as the annual NCH Hospital Ball – the longest-running annual charity event in Naples," said Paul Hiltz, president and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System. "To celebrate this tradition, we light our beloved banyan tree in the Garden of Hope and Courage at the NCH Baker Hospital Downtown. The tree will be illuminated for 62 days, one day for each year of the Hospital Ball to date."

NCH Banyan Tree Lighting 2020
Banyan Tree in the Garden of Hope and Courage at the NCH Baker Hospital Downtown

The funds raised from this year’s event will build and equip a state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot Multidisciplinary Simulation Center (Sim Center) at the NCH Baker Hospital campus. Medical simulation is a teaching technique in which the learner practices in a situation that mimics a real-life event, including complexities and distractions that are present in the real clinical setting.

Dr. Doug Harrington, Medical Director of the Simulation Center, and his wife, Dianna, are chairs of the 62nd Annual NCH Hospital Ball. The two recorded a special message with CEO Paul Hiltz to call on the community’s assistance in raising funds for the Sim Center. Unique sponsorship and giving opportunities are available during the 62-day celebration and for the Feb. 5 virtual event. Watch the Hospital Ball celebration kickoff video. For more information about sponsorship opportunities or ways to give, contact Monica Biondo at (239) 624-2000 or

We invite you to learn more about this innovative addition to NCH by watching this short video: SIM CENTER VIDEO


Mazen AbuAwad, MD
Specialty: Neurointerventional Radiology
Years on Staff: 7

Tamara Camina, MD
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Years on Staff: 16

George Ferguson, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Years on Staff: 29

Michael Flynn, MD
Specialty: Cardiovascular Disease
Years on Staff: 26

David Lindner, DO
Specialty: Critical Care/Pulmonary
Years on Staff: 25

Bryan Murphey, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
Years on Staff: 5

Nicole Patterson, MD
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Years on Staff: 6

James Ray, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
Years on Staff: 3

Victoria Totoraitis, MD
Specialty: Neurology
Years on Staff: 5


Thelma Hodges Mentor Award

Mentor Excellence

Compassion Excellence

Margie Arnold, RN
Thelma Hodges Award

Kara Austin, RN
Mentor Award

Kayla Yates, Transporter
Compassion Award

Secretary Excellence

Shinasty Mixon, PSR

Sandra Fleming, US

Partnership Excellence (Physician & Allied Health)

Douglas Harrington, DO
Physician - Nursing Partnership

Caroline Shaw, APP
Allied Health - Nursing Partnership

Nursing Care Excellence

Milton Branham, LPN
Psychiatric Nursing Care

Terry Crown, RN
Perioperative Nursing Care

Annamarie Burroughs, RN
Pediatric Nursing Care

Alicia Mennig, RN
Oncology Nursing Care

Linda Kline, RN
Obstetrical Nursing Care

Susan Van Gemert, RN
Neonatal Nursing Care

Ursula Andrus, RN
Medical Surgical Nursing Care

Megan Mulholland, RN
Emergency Nursing Care

Linda Reardon, RN
Critical Care Nursing Care

Genevieve Gamueda, RN
Rehabilitation Nursing Care

April Feliciano, RN
Radiologic & Imaging Nursing Care

Stephanie Vergo, RN
Cardiovascular Nursing Care

Maria Cox, RN
Ambulatory Nursing Care

Leadership Excellence

Paul Farmer, RN
Professional Development

Maria Kessler, RN
Nursing Leadership

Esther Mugomba-Bird, APRN
Advanced Practice Nursing

Care Technician Excellence

Vanie Cineus, CT

Dawn Hoolihan, CT


Timur Kouliev, MD
Emergency Medicine

Scott Dunavant, MD
Emergency Medicine

The C.O.M.P.A.S.S. Award recognizes physicians who are committed to
the highest standards of excellence in clinical care, reward best practices and increase patient satisfaction.


Herb & Mary Ehlers 

The Simms Family Foundation



About the Night
Because of the generosity of so many, the 2019 Hospital Ball raised more than $2.1M to fund the $35 million expansion and modernization of the Emergency Department at NCH Baker Hospital Downtown, and to date, $24M has been raised toward the project.

Highlights of the Evening
2019 Hospital Ball Photo Gallery or 2019 Hospital Ball Video

About the Hospital Ball
Since the first NCH Hospital Ball in 1958, philanthropic support from our community has had a transformational effect on the growth of NCH; from a small nonprofit 50-bed hospital, to a nationally recognized 713-bed, two hospital healthcare system. Specifically, proceeds from the annual Ball allow NCH to advance patient care initiatives and provide life-saving services in a number of critical areas including; cardiology, stroke, pediatrics and emergency care.