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


Straight Talk by Dr. Weiss
  • Teamwork at its best was recently exemplified by two life-saving events in our 18 bassinet Neonatal ICU at the Birth Place on the North Naples Campus. The first “save” related by Neonatologist Dr. Susan Miller on New Year’s Day:
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  • Cardiac care has been the heart of NCH (pun intended) for decades. Starting with a generous gift from Helen and Fred Schick in 1996, the largest gift up to that time for NCH, the Schick Heart Center’s team has successfully cared for hundreds of thousands of patients, has performed over 9,000 open heart surgeries, and for years has had the highest quality rating based on objective metrics from the Society of Thoracic Surgery.
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  • At the start of each of the past eleven years, I have shared my predictions for NCH and the healthcare industry. We are challenged with decreased resources and increased expectations. Our goal should be caring for ourselves and the next generation while downplaying the next election cycle.
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  • For the past eleven years, I have shared an evaluation of my beginning calendar-year predictions. I understand self-grading creates a bias, so you be the judge.
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  • NCH has much to celebrate this holiday season.
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