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


Straight Talk by Dr. Weiss
  • NCH’s graduate medical educational (GME) program continues to grow and thrive. Our twenty-nine residents include twelve first-year, twelve second-year, three chief residents and two pharmacy residents are changing our culture. I had the pleasure of meeting with each individually to understand their progress, career goals, and thoughts about our programs.
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  • Patient-centered care is the reason NCH has achieved astounding quality, safety, and outcomes for the patients we serve. Embedded hospitalists collaborating with primary care physicians, consulting with specialists, and focusing on standardization are creating teams that embrace best practices to continue this success, as previously presented in “Straight Talk” on September 27, 2018:
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  • The following op-ed was published by the Naples Daily News on Sunday, October 21, 2018
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  • From one of our three experienced cardiac surgeons, Dr. Stephen D’Orazio, I recently received an inspirational story of teamwork in action that literally saved a young man’s life.
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  • The mutually beneficial relationship between Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) and NCH to serve everyone, including young high school graduates with special educational needs, continues to thrive. Project Search, our latest educational initiative, is exceeding expectations, giving the first six interns a purposeful work experience at the Baker Hospital Campus. Interestingly, but not surprisingly, our NCH mentor volunteers and CCPS teacher/supervisors are as enthused about and proud of the program as are the student-interns.
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