Our Community's Critical Care Needs YES VOTES ON FEBRUARY 7.

We thank the Mayor, City Council, and our Community for supporting critical care in the heart of Naples, where patients need it most.

We’re close! Three more YES votes is the final step to move forward with the new Heart, Vascular and Stroke building.

Please join us in thanking the City Council for their first reading YES vote and encourage them to vote YES on February 7.

Two Million

Brain cells die every minute during a stroke until blood flow is restored.

7.5-10% Increase

In mortality for each 30 minute delay when having a heart attack.

Critical care should not be delayed.

Nearly 70% of NCH’s heart and stroke patients requiring interventions live within 10 miles of the Baker Hospital, and they need fast access to critical care.

Emergency Stroke and Cardio Care Heat Map

  • 53% within 5 miles of hospital
  • 16% within 10 miles of hospital
  • 8% from Northeast and Southeast Collier
  • 8% from Bonita and Estero
  • 3% from Marco Island
  • 2% from Lee County
  • 10% outside Southwest Florida (visitors, tourists, etc.)
  • 55% within 5 miles of hospital
  • 18% within 10 miles of hospital
  • 10% from Northeast and Southeast Collier
  • 6% from Bonita and Estero
  • 4% from Marco Island
  • 5% from Lee County
  • 3% outside Southwest Florida (visitors, tourists, etc.)

ALL services an emergent heart and stroke patient needs will be centralized in one state-of-the-art building to maximize quality outcomes and the patient experience. After a heart attack or stroke, many patients require critical care or other inpatient care, as well as follow-up outpatient care. All these services will be housed together so that continuity of care is ensured, and patients and their families remain in the same comforting environment.

CONTACT THE CITY COUNCIL

Reach out to thank City Council for their first reading YES vote and encourage them to vote YES on February 7 with final approvals to move this project forward, together.

A Vote “YES” Means:
Critical care in the heart of Naples where patients need it most.
A Vote “NO” Means:

Moving the facility further north away from patients’ critical needs.

Hello, this is [first and last name].

I want to thank the Mayor and City Council for your vote of support 4-1 for the first reading of moving NCH into the public service district.

Your vote of confidence promises a healthier future for our community by ensuring critical care is available in the heart of Naples where patients need it most.

We look forward to the next step in the process and are counting on our current elected City Council for continued support. Please approve the three petitions for rezoning, conditional use, and the site development plan.

These final 3 votes will leave a legacy. When the minutes start ticking during a heart attack or stroke, lives will be saved and drastically improved because critical care was close.

Thank you again for your support thus far. Let’s finish this strong, together!

Upcoming events

Thank you to those of you who attend. We appreciate your feedback!

City Council Meeting
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Naples City Hall/City Council Chamber

City Council Meeting
Thursday, January 18, 2024, 8:30 a.m.
Naples City Hall/City Council Chamber

Neighborhood Open House Event 
Thursday, January 11, 2024, 4:00 p.m. 
 
NCH Baker – Tommy Bahama Pavillion in the Garden of Hope & Courage

Planning Advisory Board (PAB) Meeting
Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 8:30 a.m.
Naples City Hall/City Council Chamber

Neighborhood Open House Event
Wednesday, December 7, 2023, 4:00 p.m.

NCH Baker – Tommy Bahama Pavilion in the Garden of Hope & Courage

Thank you to those of you who attended. We appreciate your feedback!

Neighborhood Open House Event
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. EST.
LocationNCH Baker – Tommy Bahama Pavilion in the Garden of Hope & Courage

Thank you to those of you who attended. We appreciate your feedback!

– Wednesday, November 8, 2023
8:30 a.m.
Naples City Hall/City Council Chamber
735 8th Street South
Naples, FL 34102

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
8:00 a.m.
Free virtual session featuring Robert Cubeddu, MD
Valvular Heart Disease: What’s New?

Thursday, July 27, 2023 
8:00 a.m. 
Free virtual session featuring Dinesh Sharma, MD 
AFib Part 2 

Thursday, June 29, 2023
8:00 a.m.

A free virtual educational session to learn more about atrial fibrillation, known as AFib.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023
8:30 a.m.
Naples City Hall/City Council Chamber
735 8th Street South
Naples, FL 34102

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
9:00 a.m.
Naples City Hall/City Council Chamber
735 8th Street South
Naples, FL 34102

Thursday, March 2 and Sunday, April 11, 2023

Two open house events were held to listen to our neighbors. Thank you to those of you who attended. We appreciate your feedback!

HEART, VASCULAR, AND STROKE INSTITUTE​

FOCUSED ON QUALITY WITH EXCEPTIONAL PATIENT EXPERIENCES

Expanding Our Capabilities

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 the R.M. Schulze Family Cardiovascular and Stroke Critical Care Center at the downtown campus.

The proximity of the 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 operating rooms and cardiovascular intensive care units. The addition of two-three additional cardiovascular operating rooms 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.

Campus Site Overview
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*This is not the official design or rendering of the proposed Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Institute

City Council Process for the Proposed Institute

May 1 - Jul 25, 2023

Site Plan Amendment Review and Comment Responses #1

May 1 - Jul 25, 2023

Jul 25 - Aug 25, 2023

Site Plan Amendment Resubmission

Jul 25 - Aug 25, 2023

August 28, 2023

Site Plan Approval and Staff Report

August 28, 2023

Aug 28 - Sep 27, 2023

Planning Advisory Board Mailer and Public Notice (30 Days)

Aug 28 - Sep 27, 2023

August 28, 2023

Planning Advisory Board Presentation Packet Submitted

August 28, 2023

November 8, 2023

Planning Advisory Board Meeting

November 8, 2023

December 13, 2023

PAB Meeting: The Planning Advisory Board voted in favor of the proposed five-story NCH Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Institute

December 13, 2023

January 18, 2024

City Council Meeting:
Vote of support 4-1 for the first reading of moving NCH into the public service district.

January 18, 2024

February 7, 2024

City Council Meeting:
Final approval on three petitions needed to move forward.

February 7, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

On the first reading which took place January 18, 2024, the Naples City Council approved 4-1 the rezoning of the Heart, Vascular, and Stroke Institute which brought us one step closer to reality. On February 7th, the second reading, the city will finally vote on the three petition items NCH has brought forth and all of them must pass in order for this project to start.

Yes. The vote to take place on February 7th at the second reading is the last step in this process.

The three petitions are: the rezoning petition, the conditional use petition, and the on-site development plan petition.

Yes. These three YES votes are required for the new facility to begin construction.

Yes. The PAB did not accept our request for a 40’ parking garage, but instead recommended to City Council that our parking garage be limited to 30’. NCH continues to work with architects and the city on this item.

After the PAB decision, NCH met with planners and decided to develop ways to accept a 30’ garage in exchange for prompt approval by council of our zoning requests.

Yes. The staircase to 38′ is required so that the bridge takes patients and guests to the 3rd floor of the proposed facility. The second floor will be OR’s and other medical spaces that will tie into the sterile walkways of the current Baker Hospital. An enclosed, weather-proof stairwell is required by code.

No. The stairway is positioned in the SE corner of deck across and closest to the proposed facility and furthest away from neighboring homes.

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.

No, the new institute will be shorter than the existing hospital by three feet.

NCH 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.

NCH sits literally and figuratively in the heart of our community – and we must plan for the future of healthcare delivery as the needs of our community evolve.
Today, many of our services and teams are spread out in multiple buildings, negatively impacting the patient experience and reducing efficiencies. Housing all our cardiac and stroke services under one roof allows us to better collaborate and provide integrated patient care. The new building will be connected to our current
downtown Baker hospital and we are designing and planning it to provide new technologies and efficiencies that will ensure the best possible patient outcomes and patient experiences. The proximity of the new proposed building to our main hospital is strategic and will allow for the integration and purposeful use of our recently renovated emergency department and operating suites.

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 on our website: NCHmd.org/critical-care). 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 demand 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 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 mid stages of planning a fundraising campaign to transform our ability to deliver world-class care and build this new facility. The projected cost is $200 million, a significant portion of which has already been raised through philanthropy.

Yes, we improved cardiac services on the north end of town as well with the addition of two new cath labs at North Naples Hospital and there is plenty of room 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 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.

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.

If the plan is approved and NCH moves forward with construction, any patient services, such as OPIS, that are currently located in the Telford building will be moved to an alternate convenient location on our campus. Patients of those services will be notified well in advance of any change to location.

The cardiac program at NCH, today referred to as the Rooney Heart Institute, 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 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.

Read Letters of Support

a legacy of success in the cardiac arena

NCH 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 the R.M. Schulze Family Cardiovascular and Stroke Critical Care Center at the downtown campus.

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At the HEART of What Matters Most​

At the Rooney Heart Institute, we believe our compassionate care is what sets us apart. From diagnosis to recovery, our renowned physicians and team provide an unparalleled comprehensive cardiac care program. As one of America’s 100 best hospitals for cardiac care, this commitment has situated NCH to be at the forefront of patient care.

For more information on our award-winning cardiac services, please call 239-624-4200.


Volume and Access

Heart disease was the leading cause of death in America in 2021 according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

There were nearly 1,500 cardiac-related deaths in Collier County in 2020 (*last reported data by the DOH).

Until recently, around 30% of patients needing advanced cardiovascular services in Southwest Florida were traveling out of the region. NCH is transforming into an Advanced Community Healthcare System™. As a part of this transformation, the Rooney Heart Institute is developing a premier cardiovascular center of excellence, providing unparalleled clinical care in Southwest Florida. As one of America’s 100 best hospitals for cardiac care, this commitment has situated NCH to be at the forefront of patient care.

NCH Critical Care Volume Access Stats Graphic

Heart Attacks

In the last 24 months, NCH has become a top-performing hospital for the treatment of heart attack and stroke.

Door to balloon time is a time measurement from patient arrival to the emergency department (door) and ends when a catheter crosses the artery in the cardiac cath lab (balloon).

NCH Critical Care DoorToBalloon Graphic
NCH Critical Care OpenHeartSurgeryGraphic

TAVR

A procedure that replaces a diseased aortic valve through a small catheter, avoiding the need for open heart surgery.

More than 90% of patients undergoing TAVR are able to be discharged within 24 hours. NCH utilizes the contemporary practice of minimalist approach to TAVR, using conscious sedation to assure patients an expedited recovery.

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experienced team of cardiologists

We have an experienced team of world-renowned physicians who have trained and practiced at the top institutions in the country.

NCH Critical Care Cardiologists Surgeons

Practiced at leading institutions such as:

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learn more or donate to the cause!

The proposed facility for heart, vascular, and stroke care runs on philanthropic support. 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 Rooney Heart Institute, thank you.

Critical Care
Notice!

Thank you, friends of NCH, for your support. The Naples City Council approved our project to move forward. This page is currently under construction and will have more details about next steps, soon. We look forward to bringing exceptional critical care to the heart of Naples.