NCH Heart Institute
FOCUSED ON QUALITY WITH EXCEPTIONAL PATIENT EXPERIENCES
The NCH Heart Institute of NCH Healthcare System has been a pioneer in the cardiac arena for nearly 25 years and is committed to providing the highest quality of cardiovascular care in southwest Florida. To ensure Naples has the best critical care close to home, we are working closely with the city of Naples and our community to build a new Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Institute at the downtown campus.
Update on City Council Process for the Proposed Institute
In April, NCH met with city attorneys and city planners at City Hall to discuss the Public Services District (PSD). The first reading was held In August and the Naples City Council unanimously approved adding language to the city’s public services zoning category to allow a “community hospital”.
– The second public hearing regarding the Public Services District with the City Council will be in September.
– If approved, NCH to submit an application to be rezoned as a Public Services District with a detailed site plan.
– City Planning Staff to review the application and detailed site plan.
– Planning Advisory Board must pass the application and detailed site plan.
Expanding Our Capabilities
We are working closely with City Council and our community to build a new Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Institute at the downtown campus.
Nearly 70-percent of NCH’s heart and stroke patients requiring interventions live within ten miles of the downtown Baker campus. We want the care to be where our patients are: downtown.
The proximity of the new proposed building to our main hospital building is strategic and will allow for the integration and purposeful use of our existing three new state-of-the-art cardiovascular ORs and cardiovascular intensive care units. The addition of two-three additional cardiovascular ORs and 20+ other cardiac intensive care units will be vital to care for the needs of our community.
We have modeled many of our strategic objectives around the key foundational elements of every existing top heart program in America, while staying true to being an independent, community-based healthcare organization.
Leading through the core values and integral principles of clinical excellence, research, education and innovations we have embarked in the extraordinary journey to become the premier cardiac care healthcare system in southwest Florida.
NCH HEART, VASCULAR, AND STROKE INSTITUTE FAQs
Our goal is for city leaders to consider our proposed text changes to be considered as a Public Service District (PSD). The first reading will be made by Council in August with other readings to follow.
Our ask to the city is to construct one new five story building plus a new parking garage on our main campus. This will provide space to house vital hospital infrastructure, including technology and the support operations for our cardiac care sub-specialties, improving access to our services for our patients.
NCH Healthcare System is committed to providing exceptional and comprehensive heart, stroke, and vascular care to our community. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and nearly 70% of NCH’s heart and stroke patients requiring interventions live within 10 miles of the downtown Baker campus. We are focused on providing clinical excellence with world-class physicians, bolstered by our clinical research and education initiatives. The new building will be home to the heart, vascular, and stroke services and is necessary for us to succeed in delivering top-quality patient care.
We have already received accolades and recognition for our exceptional quality and patient outcomes. Our focus on continued excellence means working to provide additional services and procedures for our patients. We are actively recruiting nationally acclaimed physicians which will advance our research institute where we currently have over a dozen clinical trials underway. While the building is essential to meet the needs of our community, it will also be a symbol of the innovative patient‐centered integrated care that we seek to deliver.
We will gain talent and expertise in cardiothoracic surgery for the treatment of complex valvular disease for the sickest of patients with failing heart, and the inception of disease-specific Centers of Excellence for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and other complex aortopathies. The new institute will enable access to novel mechanical circulatory support therapies for patients with end-stage heart disease and the collection of contemporary minimally invasive percutaneous heart therapies like no other program in the region.
Diagrams and elevations of the building can be found here. Plans call for a modern, state of the art building that will be a beautiful addition to our campus and one that our entire community will be proud of. Based on concerns about building heights which we have been hearing from residents, we have already amended the plan from a six-story to a five-story building. The trees and vegetation that are already on campus will remain and more foliage will be brought in to further enhance the beauty of our campus while remaining true to the dense landscape feel that is symbolic of old Naples.
The proximity of the new proposed building to our main hospital is strategic and will allow for the integration and purposeful use of our existing three new state-of-the-art cardiovascular ORs and cardiovascular intensive care units. The addition of two-three additional cardiovascular ORs and 20+ other cardiac intensive care units will be vital to care for the needs of our community.
With the increasing demands of cardiac services, our expectations are to double the number of hybrid, catheterization lab and electrophysiology suites.
We have historically performed approximately 450-500 open-heart procedures per year. With the addition of the new institute and expertise for higher acuity care, our predicted surgical volume will increase but it’s too early to determine how much. We do anticipate an increase in the number of electrophysiology, endovascular and structural heart interventions we will be able to accommodate in the near-term.
We predict that close to 30-40% of cardiothoracic surgical cases and other cases are still being referred out of the region and state. Our vision is to ensure our community can stay close to home for their care.
Our goal is to build a robust heart failure program. Heart failure remains one of the leading causes of cardiac death and the #1 cause of hospital readmissions in America. Offering our patients in the community the full breadth of therapies to treat end-stage heart failure including LVAD and heart transplant may be necessary one day. The inception of these programs may evolve with time, but only and if the demands of our community and our patients are there.
We have modeled many of our strategic objectives around the key foundational elements of every existing top heart program in America, while staying true to being an independent, community-based healthcare organization.
NCH was built by the community, for the community. As a not-for-profit organization, we will need the support of our entire community to build a top-quality cardiac and stroke program. We are in the early stages of planning a fundraising campaign to transform our ability to deliver world-class care and build this new facility. The projected cost is $150 million, a significant portion of which will be raised through philanthropy.
Yes, we plan on improving cardiac services on the north end of town as well with the addition of two new cath labs at North Naples Hospital with plenty of room there to grow and expand services to keep pace with the growing northern section of Collier County. NCH monitors the growth of our community closely to determine where services are needed most, and with nearly 70% of all stroke and cardiac patients living within ten miles of the downtown Baker campus, that is why the decision was made to place it there.
NCH leaders recently conducted a listening tour where we met with groups in our community including HOA groups in Naples. We understand the building height is a concern and appreciate all of the feedback we received. In an effort to bring world-class quality care to the heart of Naples, we have revised our proposal to the city.
The big change is the height. The revised height is almost the same height as our current Baker hospital downtown. Our primary goal with this project is to replace our current Telford building with the new heart, stoke and vascular facility. The new building will attach to our current hospital so that our CVICU can be in close proximity and will provide new technology and efficiencies for our physicians. The building is being developed to ensure we have the capacity to deliver lifesaving services to our community. View the revised plan here.
After many conversations with the city, we asked for the zone because that was the feedback we received from them, and we understood it to be the best path available to permit adding the replacement building of five stories.
The NCH Heart Institute of NCH Healthcare System was established over 25 years ago. Our award-winning institute is recognized for its Code Save-A-Heart Program, Open Heart Surgery Program, Structural Heart Program (TAVR and WATCHMAN) and innovative, state-of-the-art technology.
Facts about our current program:
- Rated in the 95th percentile of STEMI performing hospitals in America and safest place to have a heart attack.
- NCH currently has 20 cardiologists and three heart surgeons.
- The Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) awarded NCH Healthcare System a top three-star rating for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The three-star rating denotes the highest category of quality.
- Our specialists have practiced at some of the top systems in the country including Mass General, Emory Healthcare, Cleveland Clinic and more.
- We have evolved to embrace the contemporary practice of a minimalistic approach to TAVR, using conscious sedation to assure patients an expedited recovery and next day discharge in over 90% of our patients.
- Our door to balloon time is 38 minutes. The national average is 75 minutes.
- We have a world-class, innovative SIM Center where clinicians can practice procedures.
Please continue to share our project with neighbors and tell them about these FAQs as a source for facts on this project. We also encourage those who want to ensure their voices are heard by their elected officials to write a letter to the editor of the Naples Daily News, and more importantly, to the City Council members themselves expressing your support.
Further, those community members who would like to lend their voice of support at the city council meeting scheduled for April 6 at 10 a.m. are welcome to join us at City Hall: 735 8th St S, Naples, FL 34102.
NCH Healthcare System leaders have been meeting with community members and recently conducted a listening tour where we met with groups in our community including HOA groups in Naples. We understand the building height is a concern and appreciate all the feedback we received. In an effort to bring world-class quality care to the heart of Naples we have revised our proposal to the city.
Below you can read the details of our new proposal to the city. The revised height is almost the same height as our current Baker hospital downtown. Our primary goal with this project is to replace our current Telford building with the new Heart, Stroke, and Vascular building. The new building will attach to our current hospital so that our CVICU can be in close proximity and provide new technology and efficiencies for our physicians. The planned new building will provide lifesaving services to our community.
Revised Plans to City:
- We have condensed the requested hospital zone to only encompass the main NCH square block campus. NCH property north of 4th Street and east of 8th Street will no longer be part of the new proposed zoning district. Please see the maps above.
- NCH Healthcare System is only requesting the ability to construct a building to replace the current three story Telford Building with a building that is five stories.
- NCH Healthcare System is prepared to put in writing there will only be one replacement building in the hospital zone.
- The new replacement building will be the same height as the current Baker Hospital Building.
- The total height of the new replacement building will be 75 feet. This replicates the structural height of existing NCH buildings including structural roof and roof top mechanicals. The total height with the mechanicals on top would be 83 feet.
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World Class Quality Care
Heart disease is the third leading cause of death in Collier County and the second leading cause of death in Florida, according to the state Department of Health (DOH). There were nearly 800 cardiac-related deaths in Collier County in 2019 (*last reported data by the DOH).
About 30% of patients needing cardiovascular surgery in Collier county are traveling out of the region. The new NCH Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Institute will allow our community to stay close to home for their cardiac care.
We have embarked on an exciting journey of transforming cardiac care in southwest Florida for the Naples community and beyond.
The vision of NCH Heart Institute becoming a world class destination for cardiac care is becoming a reality. NCH has incredible patient success stories, data that verifies our quality continues to increase and accolades that demonstrate that NCH is quickly becoming a top healthcare system in the nation.
LEADING Stemi HOSPITAL
A STEMI is a high-risk heart attack where a major artery to the heart is completely blocked.
NCH Healthcare System is rated in the 95th percentile of STEMI performing hospitals in America and safest place to have a heart attack.
TAVR EXPEDITED DISCHARGE
TAVR is a procedure that replaces a diseased aortic valve with a man-made valve. For the first time in four years, we have evolved to embrace the contemporary practice of a minimalist approach to TAVR, using conscious sedation to assure patients an expedited recovery and next day discharge in over 90% of our patients.
experienced team of cardiologists
NCH currently has more than 20 cardiologists and three heart surgeons. Our specialists have practiced at some of the top healthcare systems in the country, including Mass General, Emory Healthcare, Cleveland Clinic and more.
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Read Letters of Support
My husband had two heart attacks and three stents over the last decade. It was such an enormous relief living just 12 minutes from one of the premier cardiac care centers in the Boston area, a Harvard teaching facility, where he received excellent care, recuperated in a spacious private room, and made full recoveries.
I was thrilled to hear about the plans at NCH to build a new cardiac, vascular and stroke institute less than 10 minutes from our new residence here in Naples, where we now spend the majority of the year.
Over the past three years, the advice I receive from too many Naples residents has been: “if you need medical care, go back to Boston,” or “Go to the Cleveland Clinic.” I think it is time to change this perception. We need this high-caliber heart facility which will help in the recruitment of top physicians to Naples to work in this center. We are not talking about building a shopping center or a parking garage or a condo complex or a golf course. We are talking about something that can help save lives here in Naples. I fully support their efforts which can be a benefit to us all!
As our population increases, so does the number of people in need of the lifesaving cardiac services that NCH offers. Having the new facility downtown makes sense – given nearly 70 percent of the patients we see in the Downtown Baker Hospital for cardiac ailments live within ten miles. Those miles matter when you are trying to save a life.
It is exciting for me as a cardiologist to be a part of an organization that encourages my colleagues and me to learn more each day and enhance our expertise by utilizing the latest techniques and advanced technology in caring for our patients. In turn, this emphasis on enhancement, promotes our ability to attract more renowned cardiologists to our area and further elevates our Heart Team approach with the ongoing exchange of ideas and expansion of lifesaving procedures. Ultimately, this optimizes the quality of care we can deliver and results in better outcomes for our patients.
Join me and my other physician colleagues in supporting the expansion of these critical services for our community. While I hope that many of you reading this will never need these services, isn’t it nice to know they are here – right in our own neighborhood – just in case you do?
I was so impressed with the care and professionalism NCH exhibited, I decided to dedicate what service I might to enhance the hospital in the minds of neighbors and friends. I am happy to have convinced friends to have procedures done here in Naples rather than traveling North to receive care. They have all had successful experiences.
I am very excited to see our community hospital grow and become a major destination for cardiac procedures as well as several other medical treatments for our long, happy, healthy lives.
Even before the first brick is to be laid, the new Institute will already have a distinguished and storied acumen behind it. NCH has been recognized by Healthgrades as a top 100 hospital in the nation for cardiac excellence for seven years in a row. Additionally, the Society for Thoracic Surgeons also recognized the NCH Heart Institute with its highest three-star rating for CABG procedures.
As one of many physicians working at NCH, I value the trust our patients put in us to treat them, the trust you have in us to cure your illness, and the trust you have in us to enhance your quality of life. I ask for that same trust again when I say that this new facility and its expanded capabilities will be a game-changer for the residents of our community who may experience a stroke or cardiac issue. As doctors, we value our patients, and we value your support in helping us to bring the latest cardiac, vascular, and stroke treatment options to our community to help us all live longer, happier, healthier lives.
We expect and deserve the best available healthcare services; this facility will deliver just that. The proposed location is ideal for the vast majority of the population in need of stroke and cardiac care, as they live nearby.
On the advice of city leaders, this project will fall into a requested special hospital district, similar to those in municipalities around the state. The proposed building, which will replace the current Telford Building, will be consistent in height with existing hospital towers -- and NCH has agreed that it will be the only replacement building within the district.
The proposed cardiac and stroke care facility indisputably will save the lives of many of our friends and neighbors -- and this is far more important than any objection from those who resist change. I support our community’s hospital in planning for the future health care needs of our city.
When we heard the announcement that NCH was planning to expand medical services geared towards those who have cardiac and stroke related maladies, we were happy to hear the news!
We are sure that all among us are unanimously in favor of accessible quality health care despite the inconvenience of the construction period, but we must all focus on the bigger picture.
If the city approves NCH’s plans, our community will be home to a beautiful new, state-of-the-art cardiology facility that, from our understanding, will be home to all the hospital’s cardiac and stroke services -- a convenience for patients who may utilize those services.
Additionally, the new facility will be led in part by the new president of cardiology that NCH brought on with experience in creating such a renowned center of excellence. This also should give us comfort that these plans are well thought out by people who know how to execute them.
This new facility is a needed expansion that will draw talented physicians as well, which will provide for the continued good health of our community’s residents.
We see no detriment from the city allowing NCH to move forward on this project. The enhanced services that will be housed under one roof in this new facility can only serve to make our community better.
The Philanthropy Committee is a standing committee of the NCH Board of Trustees, and as a member of the committee, our duty is to help oversee the development program. In a nutshell, we help get resources where the demand is the greatest to provide for the future medical needs of those we serve.
Our current need is in supporting enhanced cardiac and stroke care for our families, our friends, our neighbors. This effort is being led by NCH with the noble mission that what they are able to build tomorrow will benefit all residents of Collier County well into the future by helping them to live longer, happier, healthier lives.
Minutes matter in a cardiac or stroke event, and with almost 70 percent of our population who require cardiac and stroke treatment living closest to the Baker Hospital, it just makes sense that the new building be located there.
In surveys NCH has conducted, they have heard from our community that we all want quality medical care and more specifically, quality stroke and cardiac care. By supporting the new building that NCH wants to add to the campus of the Baker Hospital downtown, it will help us all move one step closer in achieving that goal.
If you would like continued access to quality care close to home, please support our local health care system in expanding and enhancing the services they are able to offer our community.
It is my belief that the NCH petition for a special hospital district that will allow for the construction of a comprehensive cardiac care institute is well warranted.
This is an essential area of health care, one in which minutes can be critical to recovery, or even survival.
Having the full resources of a state-of-the -art heart center in a centralized location closest to the residents most likely to use it makes great sense.
And, because the project consists of a single building in the footprint of an existing structure, its impact on the surrounding neighborhood will be minimal.
I applaud NCH for planning ahead for our community, and for taking the necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of our residents. I urge City Council to view this petition favorably.
Naples Community Hospital (NCH) is proposing an expansion to create a world-class cardiac and stroke hospital. It’s difficult to imagine anyone opposing this from happening. But some folks who live in surrounding homes are more concerned about the height of the new building than our community’s collective health.
To be clear, there is already a five-story building (Baker Hospital) on the campus, immediately adjacent to a three story building that’s coming down. In its place will be a state-of-the-art cardiac center – the same height as the Baker Building!
On March 23 City Council will meet to consider an agenda item to retroactively modify an ordinance which currently permits the new hospital. This effort is a de facto trick to block the hospital expansion. It must be stopped.
In June 2021 council approved an ordinance clarifying height limits for commercial districts, as prescribed in the city’s charter. At that time they decided “zoning districts and any future zoning districts that are exclusively for hospitals or parking garages are not commercial zoning districts.”
Some members of council who oppose the hospital expansion now realize the ordinance they adopted in June 2021 provides the path for the hospital project to proceed. Rather than follow the law they established, a subterfuge is being attempted. By reversing the prior ordinance, they can now say the hospital is included in the definition of a commercial district in our charter, thus blocking the hospital’s project.
This strategy is devious and deplorable, and we’re ashamed to see some members of council attempt it.
We all need to attend the March 23 meeting and urge council to vote it down.
We all need this new hospital!
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Inside the NCH Simulation center
Support the Cause
The NCH Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Institute runs on philanthropic support.
In the past seven months, generous donors contributed over $10MM, allowing our team to thrive in clinical excellence and innovation.
Fueled by donor support, we look forward to enhancing the delivery of cardiovascular care and helping more people in our community in the year ahead.
To the many donors who supported the NCH Heart Institute in 2021 and this year, thank you.
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